- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (July 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553287346
- ISBN-13: 978-0553287349
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 231 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well-Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley Mysteries, No. 3) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1991
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"George is a master...an outstanding practitioner of the modern English mystery."—Chicago Tribune
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"Like P.D. James, George knows the import of the smallest human gesture; Well-Schooled in Murder puts the younger author clearly in the running with the genre master."—People
"Ms. George may wind up creating one of the most popular and entertaining series in mystery fiction today."—The Sun, Baltimore
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"George is a master...an outstanding practitioner of the modern English mystery."
"A spectacular new voice in mystery writing."
--Los Angeles Times
"A compelling whodunit...a reader's delight."
--Daily News, New York
"Like P.D. James, George knows the import of the smallest human gesture; Well-Schooled in Murder puts the younger author clearly in the running with the genre master."
"Ms. George may wind up creating one of the most popular and entertaining series in mystery fiction today."
--The Sun, Baltimore
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Detective stories, murder mysteries are read for enjoyment at some level, often to try and forecast how the tale might evolve – discover the ending before the final pages.This is the first Elizabeth George work I have read and so her Linley-Havers combo are interesting to follow for a while but seem to be not in charge of the investigation as blown along by environment change imposed by winds of chance. So attention shifts to the other item of what might be this authors model for constructing a tale.
George seems to be largely interested in capturing' 'Britishness' of some form or another and that in its self is not interesting trending toward stereotypes. The interludes involving the love interest of Linley and of St. James carry little weight as well for this reader and the one is heavy on an anti-abortion theme that seems as its motivation yielding little to the story line otherwise.
Some of the contrived twist in the tale come across as just that – obfuscation technique. There are some well polished themes that carry some weight e.g. the Inmate Society that can develop in what the Brits call Public Schools. Elizabeth George takes that one to an improbable conclusion making a monster of a character who forms up as little more that just a twit; who would have thought of him as a devious murderer.
Being an earlier work (#3), makes little difference in Ms. George’s intricate writing. Her very unlikely British police team of Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers are worlds apart in lifestyle and society; yet they blend beautifully.
In this novel we have a 13 year old boy at a boarding school brutally murdered. The novel unravels in all directions on its way to having the mystery solved. There are quite a number of suspect characters involved in the story; none are very likeable. Anytime the reader thinks the plot is solved, Ms. George takes us in a new direction.
There are numerous twists and unexpected happenings as she brings the reader to a conclusion. The end is quite unexpected as the author wraps the story very well; adding a very good human touch.
There are parts of the book which have a tendency to bog down, before picking the pace back up. I found that a bit tedious. Tedium also affects the reader in the recurring character of Deborah St. James. I see where some others would rather see far less of her. I need to agree. Her character becomes much the whining cow. My preference would be to have her written out of the series.
If you like very intricate, well written plots, this author fits the bill well.