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 axe 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.
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I originally read this book 30 years ago. I’ve always wanted to come back and read the early books in the series and I was not disappointed! The plotting, the characterization, the setting and the pace are so remarkable for a first book. I guarantee you’ll like this one!
This book took me just two days to finish. The writing is superb and the characters are amazing. There is no one perfect character here, even the 'good' guys have flaws. That is a book I can fall in love with. I am drawn into stories by characters. If I believe in them, if I 'buy' into them, you can put them through anything and I will ride along.
Thomas Lynley, Barbara Havers, Lady Helen Clyde were all so well developed that I couldn't stay away. Barbara is frustrating, but I felt such compassion for her. I was very happy that Lynley was able to see into her true nature and their relationship as it develops was so compelling and can you imagine that? A man and a woman having a compelling relationship without sex? How refreshing! I loved it. Deborah was a bit of an annoyance for me, but I think George meant to lean that way (who knows right?)
The mystery wasn't such a mystery, it's not that difficult to figure out (don't worry I won't spoil it) but that didn't detract from the story, you are still compelled to see it through. What a great start, can't wait to read more about these people.
A Great Deliverance
Fantastic character development, great flow.....and books that follow get better and better. The beginning of a fantastic series.