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By Elizabeth George

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A Great Deliverance
By Elizabeth George
Thorndike Press, Large Print Edition (2009)
ISBN 10: 1-4104-1223-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-4104-1223-2
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Angela Evans - April 9, 2009

A Great Deliverance is the first book in Elizabeth George's famed Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers mystery series, and it has, at long last, been released in large print! This is the book that first introduced readers to Inspector Thomas Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton and to his new partner, who comes from much more common stock, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Set in England, both Lynley and Havers are members of Scotland Yard. Lynley has a reputation of being a lady's man around whom no women's virtue is safe, and of being somewhat of a snob. Whereas the intelligent, thirty-year-old Havers has a reputation of being hard to work with, and for appearing far more unattractive than she actually is. They are an odd match, but this case turns them into a well-honed team that quickly gains a reputation of solving the most unsolvable of cases.

In A Great Deliverance, Lynley and Havers are sent to investigate a horrid murder that took place in a quaint Yorkshire village. Roberta Teys, a teenager, has been accused of beheading her father with an axe, after his head was found in her lap. Her fellow Yorkshire villagers don't think that Roberta could have carried out this ghastly murder, and it falls to the unlike team of Lynley and Havers to get to the truth of the matter. In the process, a host of long hidden secrets rise to the surface, secrets that shake this close knit community to its very core.

Lynley and Havers aside, this is a great mystery full of red herrings, unexpected twists, and a chilling ending. However, the addition of Lynley and Havers makes this an extraordinary mystery. In this book you get to see how and why these two mismatched detectives work so well together, and you get a glimpse of the indomitable team that they are destined to become. If you are like me, I started reading the books in this series out of sequence, devouring whatever title I could get my hands on. This was one book in the series that I never read before - and reading it has made a world of difference in my understanding of Lynley and Havers relationship and their individual back-stories.

If you've never read this book before, or if it has been awhile since you have, get yourself a copy and go back to the beginning of this phenomenal series - and discover, or rediscover, a great writer and two unforgettable fictional detectives. As well, if you are a fan of the PBS's Mystery! series featuring Lynley and Havers, and have never read the books, do so. You will be in for a wonderful treat! For those reading this series in large print, you'll be thrilled to learn that the second book in this series, Payment in Blood has recently been released in large print. I hope that this is an indication that all of George's books not currently available in large print, will be soon!


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