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I do have a problem with Elizabeth George in that her London doesn't ring true for me, but she is still good enough that I look out for her books in the library.
Deborah Crombie on the other hand is an American who can conjure up the London I know very well and write a very good mystery.
I am about 240 pages into Careless in Red, and I am loving it so far! Thank goodness she went back to what she does best.
I'm sure somebody, somewhere, liked it, but I haven't read of anybody yet that did.
This was certainly better than What Came Before He Shot Her, but it is far from a return to George's earlier brilliance. I figured out the end to the mystery on page 384 of a 603 page book, without really trying. The characterization was a bit unrealistic to me. Lynley finds a body while he is wandering off mourning his wife and child, and the detective in charge of the murder investigation puts him in charge of key parts of the investigation? At least Havers points out how irregular this is, but still, it's not believable.
That said, I did read it compulsively to the end, and there were mysteries about the characters that I did not completely figure out until they were explained (although that may have been partly a matter of will on my part). I hate to be critical of an author that has written many excellent books I have really enjoyed; I know this is a very difficult thing to do well, but I have to admit I am a bit disappointed. I really hope that she continues to get better as she puts the self-indulgent mess that was What Came Before He Shot Her further and further behind her.
So, all in all, much, MUCH better than WCBHSH, but not up to her usual standard. Hopefully she will continue the upward trend, though.
I managed to get through What Came Before He Shot Her and then somewhat masochistically decided to re-read it. Liked it a bit better the second time around, even though it is almost unrelentingly depressing.
I read about half of What Came Before He Shot Her a few months ago, then set it aside because I just couldn't go on. But, not being someone who normally gives up on books, I do occasionally wonder what happens in the end. Is it worth skipping to the end (something I've never ever done)? If so, any thoughts on how much of the end I'd need to read for it be comprehensible?
However, I actually loved WCBHSH, because, to me it felt like what she was trying to do was create sympathy for the murderer of the main character. I felt like she absolutely achieved this. She creates a conflict for the reader because you already (presumably) love the main character that was killed and then you come to love the murderer as well. I think/hope that conflict will be central to the story line as she progresses.
That she is able to do this is fascinating to me. I trust her as a writer, and I trust what she's doing with her characters.
I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment. I can't wait!
I found Careless in Red disappointing, though. Lynley's trek along the Cornish coastline was a metaphor for the way this book rambles. The characters were deadly dull, the climbing/surfing details overwhelmingly boring. Havers arrives too late in the story to rescue it.
Hope the new book in April is better.
THIS BODY OF DEATH - THE NEW LYNLEY NOVEL FOR 2010!
On compassionate leave after the murder of his wife, Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn’t trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, whose management style seems to rub everyone the wrong way. In fact, Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer’s hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden—and possibly attractive—vulnerability.
I am looking forward to the new book, though! Thanks for searching that out, ctpete.