Elizabeth George is the author of highly acclaimed novels of psychological suspense. Her first novel, A GREAT DELIVERANCE, was honoured with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel awards in America and received the Grand Prix de Litt rature Polici re in France; WELL-SCHOOLED IN MURDER was awarded the prestigious German prize for international mystery fiction, the MIMI (1990). Her novels have now been adapted for television by the BBC. An Edgar and Macavity Nominee as well as a New York Times and international bestselling author, Elizabeth George divides time between California and Kensington, London.
George's novel suffers from too much detail, too many characters, and an excruciatingly slow pace. As a departure from her well-sustained Thomas Lynley series, this mystery is probed by Thomas's friends Simon St. James, a forensic scientist, and his wife, Deborah. Their own back story is entwined in the present as they try to prove Deborah's old friend China River did not kill the wealthy benefactor of the Island of Guernsey, Guy Brouard. The plot generally stays intriguing as there are many other viable suspects with a variety of secrets, but the pacing of the story and the major players' weaknesses probably are too distracting for a wide audience. The program might appeal to World War II history buffs because of the subplot about the island's occupation by the Nazis. Reader Donada Peters is masterful in multiple languages and accents. Recommended only for libraries with mystery lovers very dedicated to extremely long audiobooks. An abridged version may be a better investment.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
an expertly woven mystery of astounding complexity - Liverpool Daily PostPraise for A TRAITOR TO MEMORY:'An emotionally satisfying and intellectually compelling read' - New York Daily NewsThis exquisitely plotted mystery bursts with well-developed characters . . . With her flair for language, George reinforces her reputation as one of today's finest mystery writers. - Publishers WeeklyGeorge . . . stands several rungs up the ladder from her (more superficial) rivals - Kirkus Reviewskeeps the reader on the knife's edge of suspense, thanks to George's skill at weaving together intriguing characters, disturbing action, police procedure, psychological insight, and mordant wit. First-rate suspense with a stunner of an ending. - Booklist (US)her nuanced characterizations drive the novel . . . this commands attention . . . dense, complex, and riveting. - Booklist (USA)A fine addition to George's ouevre, this thirteenth outing in her popular series will delight her fans. - Jane Adams, Amazon.com
Fans disappointed by George's atypical story collection, I, Richard (2002), will be relieved to find the bestselling transatlantic author back at the top of her form. This exquisitely plotted mystery bursts with well-developed characters, notably forensic scientist Simon St. James and his photographer wife, Deborah. Lured by the free airline tickets and the $5,000 fee, China River, an old friend of Deborah's, and her half-brother, Cherokee (their mother was into the hippie counterculture), agree to fly from sunny California to rainy England to deliver a package containing architectural drawings to Guy Brouard, a rich landholder on the Channel island of Guernsey. The drawings are for a museum Brouard plans to build on the island honoring those who resisted the WWII German occupation. When the philandering philanthropist gets murdered and the police arrest China, Cherokee turns to Simon and Deborah for help. Curiously, for all the victim's wealth, no one seems to benefit from his death. The theme of hiding-of hopes, of the past, of secret places-underpins this intricate story about friendship, anger, loyalty and betrayal. Comic touches provide some relief as the suspense builds to an unexpected and explosive climax. With her flair for language, George reinforces her reputation as one of today's finest mystery writers. (July 29) Forecast: The broadcast this summer of four new mystery episodes on PBS featuring George's Inspector Lynley, who makes a cameo appearance in A Place of Hiding, may help lengthen the novel's run on bestseller lists. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.