Thursday, November 14, 2013

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George



Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George

2013
Publisher:  Dutton Adult
Pages:  736

A tale of love, passion, and betrayal.  This is the 18th Inspector Lynley novel from bestseller George This books spotlights Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers. Taymullah Azhar, a science professor who's a friend and neighbor of Havers in North London, is devastated to come home one day and discover that his nine-year-old daughter, Hadiyyah, and most of her possessions are gone. Hadiyyah's mother, Angelina Upman, to whom Azhar was never married, has gone to Italy with the little girl. A grateful Azhar accepts Havers's offer to act as a private detective, though her superiors resist her request for a leave of absence. Months later, when kidnappers take Hadiyyah from Angelina in an Italian marketplace, Lynley travels to Lucca, Tuscany, to look into the matter. Havers later goes AWOL to Lucca, where she seizes the initiative in the case and risks her career to persuade Scotland Yard to get involved. Fully realized Italian characters, from a lover whose face cannot hide his emotions to the charming Chief Insp. Salvatore Lo Bianco, add to the rich ensemble cast. 

My Opinion:  I "read" the book as an audiobook.  This very long story was 24 cds long, but I enjoyed the story very much.  After watching Masterpiece Theatre's Lynley series and reading other novels in the series, I feel that I know the characters and I like to read about what they are "up too".   "Steady as a rock" DI Lynley and "Fly by the Seat of Your Pants" Barabara Havers are always working on solving the latest crime and doing it in the most unorthodox ways.

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