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Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley Series #9)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Barbara Havers shines in the lead

    Though I missed some of the other regular characters who inhabit these stories, I enjoyed spending the time with Havers. Her loyalty to her young friend, Hadiyyah, and her father, Azhar, are central to the story. They are good friends and good people. Her belief that she needed to protect them is what brought her to the sea side in Balford-le-Nez, Essex and is in keeping with her character. She is loyal to her friends. Balanced against this is her admiration and respect for DCI Emily Barlow. Professionally, Barlow is everything Havers wants to be - smart, successful and in charge. As it turns out Barlow cannot see past her racial prejudice which negatively impacts her handling of the case which is the murder of an immigrant from Pakistan. The backdrop to this story is the interaction within the Pakistani community in Balford-le-Nez, between the Pakistanis and the local English parts of the community, and between the Pakistani community and the police. The development of the supporting story lines and characters bring depth to the story. There is prejudice in the white community, the police and the Pakistani community. It makes for a more believable story that no side is spared exposure of its prejudices. Balanced against this are those members of both communities and the police who show friendship and compassion without being idealized. The fact that Havers enjoyed tweaking the prejudices of the hotel manager was a small but enjoyable element.
    Havers has to work hard throughout the story to balance both sides and to lead DCI Barlow in the right direction. It is through her efforts that the case gets resolved. She saves Hadiyyah's life but a criminal (though not the murderer) escapes as a result. Unfortunately, this was done at some cost for Havers. In order to do so, Havers had to refuse DCI Barlow's orders and physically threaten her because Barlow was willing to let Hadiyyah "a Paki brat" drown in order to arrest her man. She makes an enemy of Barlow who brings her up on charges but proves herself to be the better detective and a true friend to Hadiyyah and Azhar.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    Love this Series

    Book 9 in the Inspector Lynley series Elizabeth George plunges us once again into a gripping and twisted "Whodunit" plot based in Balford-le-Nez, a dying fictional sea town on the coast of Essex. True to her style, this book in the series is beautifully written, the plot well-crafted and the characterization excellent. This is a complicated mystery which may be a tad too long and a bit slow-moving at times but one that will not fail to draw you into the story immediate. You will be caught up in the web of suspense and deception till the end. Finally Inspector Lynley and Helen have tied the knot and are on their honeymoon and Barbara Havers has been granted an extension on her convalescence, her plans where to spend a little time in Balford-le-Nez. . Balford-le-Nez has a growing Asian community and when a member is found dead near its beach, his neck broken...The normally sleepy town ignites...Hearing of this Barbara can't help but get involved and quickly becomes a prominent figure in the murder investigation of this recent immigrant from Pakistan. The case has a personal side; her landlord Taymullah Azhar and his daughter Hadiyyah have connections to the dead man. In typical fashion the writer has the murder investigation as the focal point while exploring the hardships new immigrants face in a country foreign to them. With Lynley out of the picture, Barbara must use her own sound investigative skills and leave no stones unturned. People are quick to tag this murder as a racially motivated crime. What really happened and for what reason? This book is an absorbing read, however, some important threads are left dangling leaving questions as to the outcome of some events and the fate of some characters....maybe the answers are in a future sequel....

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