Playing for the Ashes

Playing for the Ashes

Paperback - 1995
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"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death.  It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive."

In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again
find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing--and no one--is really what it seems.  Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for the
Ashes will make readers "search out the sleuthing pair's first six adventures...a treasure," as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Bantam Books, 1995, c1994.
Edition: Bantam pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780553572513
0553572512
Characteristics: xviii, 678 pages ;,18 cm.

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D_Pedecis
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.

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vkreads
Aug 20, 2018

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

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ownedbydoxies
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.

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dlh1
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.

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maryslibraryname
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.

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CindyL
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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