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Publisher's Summary

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 George's greatest achievement.

©2008 Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Layered, intricate...deftly plotted, highly atmospheric." (Publishers Weekly

"A totally satisfying mystery experience." (Denver Post)

"[George] proves that the classiest crime writers are true novelists." (The New York Times)
 

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Give this one a miss

Normally I like Elizabeth George's novels. Not this one however - it was irritating from start to finish. The characters were difficult to like or care about one way or the other. They behaved like petulant, emotionally stunted teenagers from start to finish. Give this one a miss.

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  • Anita M. Bischoff
  • 2020-05-01

Unsatisfactory ending

Where to start. The mystery itself played out pretty well, but the ending felt rushed and somehow incomplete. I didn't care for the narrator at all. Both Helen Clyde and Deborah St. James got on my nerves for most of the book. There was a particularly brutal rape that seemed to go on forever and the perpetrator is left unpunished. Just unsatisfied with the whole of the book.

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  • Eva Elmer
  • 2019-10-09

whiney

could be the era it was written but women are so whiney and insufferable, this one was more of a slog than the others. some beautiful writing here and there as always.

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  • Leslie B. Prothero
  • 2019-07-12

Disappointing

Definitely a disappointment. Not Elizabeth George’s best work and certainly not enough of Barbara Havers

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  • Elaine Corman
  • 2019-06-08

Too much explicit sex.

None of the other books had this kind of explicit language. I really love Linley and the Sgt. but this book really was a shocker. The story was convoluted and hard to follow. I hope the rest are NOT like this one.

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  • JKinLA
  • 2019-04-30

George's Darkest Yet

This is the darkest and most violent in the Lynley series yet (which I am listening to in chronological order), but it is also thoughtful and reveals more of our beloved characters' deeper thoughts. I enjoyed the theme that weaved the mystery and the familiar characters together (especially Debra), subtle at first and then more clearly.