Playing for the Ashes

Playing for the Ashes

Book - 1994
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In Britain, upper-class police inspector Thomas Lynley and lower-class police sergeant Barbara Havers team up to investigate the death of Ken Fleming, an all-England cricket player asphyxiated in a cottage fire. By the author of Missing Joseph.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1994.
ISBN: 9780553092622
Branch Call Number: Fic Geor
Characteristics: 624 p. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 02, 2019

This book kept my interest despite several unnecessary descriptions. The author manages to keep the true murderer a mystery until much later in the book. The character of Olivia is an interesting one since it divulges the heart of a total rebel who eventually faces personal tragedy and the truth about the horrible relationship between her and her mother. I’ve not read any other of Elizabeth George’s books and am thus unable to say if this is better or worse than some of her other novels.

Aug 23, 2018

Elizabeth George is one of my favorite writers. I like Lynley and Havers. I also like her detailed descriptions, but she really went overboard this time. Much as I like these characters, I really don't need to know that much about their personal lives. Lynley can't figure out why he loves Helen. I can't, either. She's such a ditz.

This was an awful slog. She has a bunch of very unlikable characters and she tells us much too much about them. There's a foot chase that seems to go on for twenty pages all over London, or so it seems, but it's probably only a small corner of it. I also skipped pages. The ending was a let-down.

Aug 20, 2018

This is the 7th book in the series. 20 total titles in series thru yr 2018

Jun 26, 2018

Pretty good story, but in my opinion, it could have used a strong edit and cut out about a third of the book, which would have made for a more intense read. I got really tired of what seemed to be very repetitive re-workings of certain characters and their relationships. Ended up skipping entire pages, just to get the plot moving again, which of course weakens the experience and the story-telling.

Mar 30, 2017

I've read all of the Lynley series of books so far and have enjoyed this one the most. I find that the author really delves into all sides of the characters to help us understand what motivates them. I feel like I know them personally, and can't wait to read what direction their lives take next.

Oct 21, 2014

One of my favorites in this series.
I prefer the stories that concentrate more on the mystery and less on the personal lives of Lynley and Havers.

May 19, 2012

Somewhat different from the first 6 Elizabeth George novels---maybe the best yet. The series is definitely not going stale with this one.


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