Inspector Lynley [unabridged]

22 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 147 ratings

A Great Deliverance Publisher's Summary

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an ax in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry".

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley - and in their own lives as well.

©1989 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • A Great Deliverance

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 1
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an ax in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry". 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Could be her best

    • By Avid reader on 2018-12-21

    Price: CDN$ 43.86

  • Book 2

    • Payment in Blood

    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The producer of a troubled play invites the cast to spend the weekend in his remote Scottish Highlands estate to hash out the problems. When the housemaid finds the playwright murdered in bed, Thomas Lynley and his partner must unmask the villain.

    Price: CDN$ 41.67

    • Payment in Blood

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 2
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives an 18-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country where they have virtually no authority, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers grapple for both a motive and a murderer. Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain’s foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves.

    Price: CDN$ 43.86

  • Book 3

    • Well-Schooled in Murder

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 3
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    When 13-year-old Matthew Whately goes missing from Bredgar Chambers, a prestigious public school in the heart of West Sussex, aristocratic Inspector Thomas Lynley receives a call for help from the lad's housemaster, who also happens to be an old school chum. Thus, the inspector, his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James find themselves once again outside their jurisdiction and deeply involved in the search for a child - and then, tragically, for a child killer.  

    Price: CDN$ 43.86

  • Book 4

    • A Suitable Vengeance

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 4
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Two murders, one on the heels of the other, point in the direction of Thomas Lynley's younger brother Peter - a cocaine addict who ruins Thomas' engagement party, then disappears on the evening of the second murder.

    Price: CDN$ 46.30

    • A Suitable Vengeance

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 4
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, has brought to Howenstow, his family home, the young woman he has asked to be his bride. But the savage murder of a local journalist is the catalyst for a lethal series of events that shatters the calm of a picturesque Cornwall village and embroils Lynley and St. James in a case far outside their jurisdiction - and a little too close to home.

    Price: CDN$ 43.86

  • Book 5

    • For the Sake of Elena

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 5
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Elena lived a life of casual and intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and goals to achieve - until someone, lying in wait along the route she ran every morning, bludgeoned her to death. Unwilling to turn the killing over to the local police, the university calls in New Scotland Yard. Thus, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, enter the rarefied world of Cambridge University, where academic gowns often hide murderous intentions.

    Price: CDN$ 43.86

  • Book 6

    • Missing Joseph

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 6
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Give this one a miss

    • By Donna on 2019-02-23

    Price: CDN$ 52.63

  • Book 7

    • Playing for the Ashes

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 7
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    "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 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.

    Price: CDN$ 52.63

  • Book 8

    • In the Presence of the Enemy

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 8
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Hailed as the "king of sleaze", tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions. But when he opens an innocuous-looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting out secrets as well. Ten-year-old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicly to having fathered her, she will die. 

    Price: CDN$ 52.63

  • Book 9

    • Deception on His Mind

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 9
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Balford-le-Nez is a dying seatown on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town's small but growing Asian community is found dead on its beach, his neck broken, sleepy Balford-le-Nez ignites. Working solo without her longtime partner, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and a case very close to her own heart, but the terrible price people pay for deceiving others...and themselves. 

    Price: CDN$ 52.63

  • Book 10

    • In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner

    • Inspector Lynley
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Calder Moor is a wild and deadly place: Many have been trapped in the myriad limestone caves, lost in collapsed copper mines, injured on perilous gritstone ridges. This time, two bodies are discovered in the shadow of the ancient circle of stones known as Nine Sisters Henge. The corpses are those of a young man and woman. Each met death in a different fashion. Each died violently. To Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, brought in to investigate by special request, this grisly crime promises to be one of the toughest assignments of his career.

    Price: CDN$ 52.63

  • Book 11

    • A Traitor to Memory

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 11
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    "To listen is to be, but to play is to live...." So believes Gideon Davies, 28-year-old musical wunderkind, a virtuoso violinist whose talents are internationally celebrated. When Gideon finds himself center stage, unable to play, his tortured search for his music - and for the truth behind the appalling event that shaped his life - will lead him to the very heart of love's darkest manifestations. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • better on paper

    • By Lisa Minarovich on 2019-02-08

    Price: CDN$ 52.63

  • Book 12

    • A Place of Hiding

    • Inspector Lynley, Book 12
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey’s wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II. The St. Jameses must delve into Guernsey’s dark history - both past and present - and into the troubled psyche of someone who may have exacted retribution for the most unspeakable crime of all. 

    Price: CDN$ 52.63

  • Book 13

    With No One as Witness cover art
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  • Book 14

    What Came Before He Shot Her cover art
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  • Book 15

    Careless in Red cover art
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  • Book 16

    • This Body of Death

    • An Inspector Lynley Novel
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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, but 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.

    Price: CDN$ 61.89

  • Book 17

    • Believing the Lie

    • An Inspector Lynley Novel
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disorganized story

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-04

    Price: CDN$ 55.58

  • Book 18

    • Just One Evil Act

    • A Lynley Novel
    • Written by: Elizabeth George
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Price: CDN$ 60.21

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