Monday, March 22, 2010

Book Review: Careless in Red

Title Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley)
Author Elizabeth George
Rating ****
Tags mystery, series, thomas lynley, cornwall, walking tour, surfing 

In the aftermath of his great tragedy, Inspector Lynley is unable to bear the kindness of friends and family. He starts to walk the British coast, walking for weeks with almost no gear. He is forced to stop when he finds a body on the beach near a village in Cornwall. The police there, led by Bea Hannaford, of course insist he stay around until they know if the young man's death was a climbing accident or murder. When it turns out to be murder, he is in part a suspect, and in part drafted into service by the understaffed Hannaford.

The dead boy, Santo Kerne, takes after his mother in being very attractive and addicted to sex. He recently broke up with a young woman who took it badly. The book tells the story mostly of the families of the Santo and his girlfriend. The veterinarian, Dairdre, whose cottage is closest to the site of the death, becomes a suspect yet also friend to Lynley.

A good book. Lynley's grief is very real, down to the guilt he feels when he realizes he is beginning to heal. George is good at creating complex and interesting characters.

Publication Harper (2009), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 752 pages
Publication date 2009
ISBN 0061160903 / 9780061160905

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