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Publisher's Summary

"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive."

In her astonishing New York Times best-seller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder, and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing - and no one - is really what it seems. 

Intense, suspenseful, and brilliantly written, Playing for the Ashes will make listeners "search out the sleuthing pair's first six adventures...a treasure", as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.

©1994 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"A perfect choice for anyone in the market for first-rate summer fiction." (The Sun, Baltimore)

"Those who haven't discovered Elizabeth George ... should rush to read Playing for the Ashes." (Us Magazine)

"Gritty and satisfying." (New Yorker)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-11

Best one yet in the series

A whopping good read with a large number of possible suspects to the murder of a famous English cricket player found asphyxiated in his bed in the cottage he shared with his mistress. As is becoming normal with George's characters, the personal relationships are featured but don't take over the book, there are side-plots aplenty that introduce the reader to animal rights activism, cricket leagues and culture, and now introduced Barbara Havers new neighbors...an attractive Pakistani gentleman and his 8 year old daughter ("My mother is on vacation in Canada"). Is there a future romance for Barbara? The runup to the reveal at the end is one of the best I've read this year. Again, I had read this years ago, but didn't remember how it ended, so the pleasure was there again.

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  • Chris T
  • 2019-01-03

Engrossing Story with Complicated Characters.

This story was captivating and repulsive. Confusing, I know, but it is true. I could barely endure scenes with some of the most vile dialogue and actions. The depth of depravity make the circumstances that follow all the more fantastical. A one time listen for me.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-11

Best one yet in the series

A whopping good read with a large number of possible suspects to the murder of a famous English cricket player found asphyxiated in his bed in the cottage he shared with his mistress. As is becoming normal with George's characters, the personal relationships are featured but don't take over the book, there are side-plots aplenty that introduce the reader to animal rights activism, cricket leagues and culture, and now introduced Barbara Havers new neighbors...an attractive Pakistani gentleman and his 8 year old daughter ("My mother is on vacation in Canada"). Is there a future romance for Barbara? The runup to the reveal at the end is one of the best I've read this year. Again, I had read this years ago, but didn't remember how it ended, so the pleasure was there again.

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  • Chris T
  • 2019-01-03

Engrossing Story with Complicated Characters.

This story was captivating and repulsive. Confusing, I know, but it is true. I could barely endure scenes with some of the most vile dialogue and actions. The depth of depravity make the circumstances that follow all the more fantastical. A one time listen for me.