Saturday, October 24, 2009
"Missing Joseph", by Elizabeth George
Inspector Lynley, book 6
This is one captivating and intricate mystery, with it, Ms George has given us a brilliantly plotted story that reaches emotional levels deeper than most can offer. We find strong character development involving the relationships between Simon and Deborah St James, Thomas and Lady Helen Clyde, Barbara Havers and her mother. We also find a large cast of new characters adding complexity to this murderess tale. The characterization in this novel is one of her best.
This fine piece of fiction starts when Deborah and Simon St James with the hope of healing the rift in their marriage embark on a holiday to see the vicar of Winslough. When they find he has fallen victim of a suspected accidental poisoning, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley to help them in solving the mystery...
One may think the story simplistic at first but with time we are drawn into a hypnotic and unforgettable experience. True to her form, we are skilfully led between plots and sub-plots to come to an unexpected conclusion.
The author is more descriptive in her sex scenes than usual, some may not like this but I found it gave a tab of realism.
Those who have followed this series will most likely enjoy this one as well