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Saknaden efter Josef (1993)

av Elizabeth George

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Serier: Lynley/Havers Mysteries (6)

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Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: The vicar of Wimslough, the man they had come to see, is dead -- a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village, relationships that bring men and women together with a passion, with grief, or with the intention to kill. Peeling away layer after layer of personal history to reveal the torment of a fugitive spirit, Missing Joseph is award-winning author Elizabeth Georges greatest achievement.… (mer)
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Wow. So "Missing Joseph" packs a punch. George really looks at a variety of relationships and in the end you kind of want to go why do women even deal with men? Except in the case of St. James and his wife Deborah where she continues to be the worst. There's also a look at the mother and child relationship and how those differ with regards to fathers. There is the usual mess with Deborah and honestly that's the main reason why I dropped this book a star. It's getting old. I hope George moves on from this story-line in the next book.

When St. James and Deborah go to visit Lancastershire they find out that a vicar that Deborah met and was behind the visit is dead. He accidentally digested hemlock and the local constable (Colin Shephard) found the woman (Mrs. Juliet Spence) who accidentally provided him the hemlock was cleared. The locals feel differently though since Shepard and Mrs. Spence are lovers. When St. James starts going over how hemlock is first diagnosed he has questions about how a known herbalist could have accidentally picked it and given it to someone to eat. He calls up Inspector Lynley who is happy to be away from Helen at the moment and the two men investigate.

I thought George actually did a better job with the secondary characters in this one than with the main ones. Juliet is a woman with a past and she was reluctant to become involved with Shephard but did. She's torn between her love of her daughter and wanting to keep her from doing something she will regret to wanting to still be with Shephard even though she knows it can't last.

Maggie Spence is 13 and I wanted to hug her. She's tied up in missing a father she never knew and telling herself she is in love with a 15 year old boy who is just as clueless as she is. Maggie is determined to get the family that she wants to make her feel loved.

Shepherd was garbage. George developed him very well though but there's a scene that made me rage. His blindness of things and his treatment of women is definitely a theme that keeps playing out in George's books.

Polly, a childhood friend of Shephard who practices Wicca who wanted Shephard to love her is the most changed by the end of this book. With her realizing eventually that just because you love someone does not mean that they deserve that love was heartbreaking.

Brendan who fancies himself in love with Poppy and is regretting the marriage he got forced into with the local rich man's daughter.

Lynley and Helen have become exhausting. Get married or don't, I just don't want to read about it anymore. George shows though that Lynley wants to dominate Helen though and marriage to him would mean that she would be there for him always. I just shook my head. St. James is the only male character that understands what marriage and love is. He keeps dealing with Deborah and her insistence on trying to get pregnant though the doctor has flat out told her she needs to give herself a year at least to wait to try again or she may end up dying. Her acting as if St. James is the selfish one gave me a headache.

Havers was barely in this one. I was ticked about that. We get to see her moving on from her family home and becoming more settled in the next stage of her life which was good.

The writing was graphic at times. Warning there is a rape scene in the book that had me checking my alarm was on before I fell asleep. The flow was a bit slow at first with just St. James and Deborah and I felt myself getting bored which hasn't happened before. Things picked up anytime we left those two behind.

The setting of Lancastershire was interesting. It seemed to be a fairly liberal place with people not really focusing on religion. That said, there was a lot of ugliness going on that George manages to tap into when you follow the primary and secondary characters.

The ending was a shocker. I honestly didn't know who the perpetrator(s) was and why they did it. When we get to the reveals I was like oh my goodness! I think ending it on the villagers after Lynley and others had left was a good idea. We can get a semblance of an idea of what will happen next. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
there are ongoing characters who lead interesting lives and are very involved, in some fashion, with the crimes) and Reverend Sage results in the book’s title phrase. She and her husband Simon soon thereafter decide their marriage needs a vacation and set out to meet up with the vicar in Winslough (nothing to do with the Eagle’s song) only to find that he was the victim of an unfortunate poisoning after dinner with a parishioner.
Simon calls Lynley and soon the detective and Havers are on the scene. Was the killer (as Freud said, there are no accidents, especially in mysteries) Ms. Spence who hosted the intimate supper? Perhaps her teenaged daughter, in a surge of teenage passion, added the poisonous root to the meal. The local widowed young Constable who was seeing Ms. Spence (wink, wink!) felt some jealously. And there are a few other troubled suspects filling in the gaps.
The relationships are, besides a world class mystery, what drives this series. The class differences prove difficult to overcome, and the upper-class relationships are humorous to see. It just shows everyone has problems. And here one major element is being a parent, or not being able to be one.
Reading this series you soon discover there is a world of murder out there, so perhaps it isn’t so bad just reading about it, and not participating in it.
Stand by me, just over there a little ways. Thank you. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Apr 23, 2020 |
Ho letto diversi libri di questa ottima scrittrice, ma questo proprio non mi è piaciuto. prolisso oltre il sopportabile, dialoghi spesso alla Harmony con l'aggiunta di momenti di sesso che in passato mancavano ai suoi romanzi.
Qualche pezzo l'ho volentieri saltato pur di giungere alla fine in tempi ragionevoli!
Più romanzo che libro giallo, spero che simili cadute di stile vengano rimediate nei titoli che ancora mi mancano da leggere.
Il titolo poi è assolutamente assurdo! ( )
  ginsengman | Mar 14, 2020 |
content warning (for the book, not this review): sexual assault- violent rape

okay... yeah... no.

nope.

so 'missing joseph' was a total slog. i found it awkward and clunky, and very disjointed. there's just a lot going on here, and - for me - it did not come together very well. the main characters are still completely appealing, though barbara havers is not as present in this instalment of the series. she's a bit on the fringes of this one, with a couple of (slightly) longer moments where we get to spend more time with her. the mystery itself... was okay-ish, though a bit of a wacky stretch, really. as well, there is this tangential story arc that felt purposeless to me, and i'm still pondering that. the final few pages were an odd choice for how to wrap this story up.

while this book was a dud for me... i will press on with the series. i thought i was maybe an outlier in finding book #6 disappointing, but in scanning the GR reviews i am definitely not alone. the series is a favourite with several of my reading friends, so i'm just taking #6 as an unfortunate blip.

onward! ( )
  JooniperD | Dec 4, 2019 |
This one takes place in Lancashire, in the winter, where Simon and Deborah have gone for a short vacation. Thomas and Helen are still trying to decide about marriage, when he receives the call from Simon. Of course there's been a murder in Lancashire, and of course Lynley must go and investigate. The priest that Deborah met in a London museum, who first told her about his village in Lancashire, is the one who has been murdered. The case was investigated, and local police have determined it was an accidental poisoning. But alas, it was no accident.

I like this one a lot. There's a history behind the murder which took me quite a while to guess, and only in part.

I found myself getting sick of Helen's putting off Thomas on the question of marriage. I understand her reluctance, but I don't understand her life choices, and find I wonder what Thomas sees in her, She doesn't need to work, being titled and monied, but neither does she have any purpose or passion. She comes across much more sympathetically in the Masterpiece series. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Nov 24, 2019 |
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This is what it's like ... At first it's the fear of something larger than yourself - something over which you have no control and only limited understanding - that's inside her body with a power of its own. Then it's the anger that some rotten disease cut into her life and yours and made a mess of both. And then it's the panic because no one has any answers that you can believe in and everyone's answer is different from everyone else's anyway. Then it's the misery of being with her and her illness ... Then it's the horror of being trapped in your house with the sights and the smells and the sounds of her dying.... So when it's over and she's gone, you don't feel released the way everyone thinks you probably feel. Instead, you feel like a form of madness.
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Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the barren countryside awaits bleak news: The vicar of Wimslough, the man they had come to see, is dead -- a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village, relationships that bring men and women together with a passion, with grief, or with the intention to kill. Peeling away layer after layer of personal history to reveal the torment of a fugitive spirit, Missing Joseph is award-winning author Elizabeth Georges greatest achievement.

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