My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am quite disappointed with this new book by Elisabeth George.
In this plot, Barbara Havers is involved again, as in Deception on his Mind with her London neighbor, Taymullah Azar and his daughter, Haddiyah.
By welcoming back his child’s mother, Angelina Upman, Azar discovers that Haddiyah has been kidnapped in Lucca (Italy) while he was attending a conference in Berlin. Angelina was living there with her new lover, Lorenzo.
Barbara does not measure efforts in trying to locate the kidnapped child. She hires a private detective but she cannot avoid the intrusion of a manipulative tabloid journalist. Since she is obsessed with her friendship (?) with Azar, she put her career in jeopardy.
Then the Italian team comes into the scene in order to find the missing girl. Inspector Lynley is then sent to Italy as a liaison officer in order to follow the local investigations.
Well, this is only the first part of the plot, there is still more to come but I prefer to avoid spoilers.
By this short summary, readers may conclude that this book is too long and, by consequence, to very hard to finish.
Since Lynley’s wife brutal assassination in What Came Before He Shot Her, Elizabeth George is trying to regain our confidence in her excellent previous books. In the meantime, she started to write in another genre, namely in Young Adult, perhaps trying to find a new way of writing. Who knows?
4* A Great Deliverance
5* Payment in Blood
4* Well-Schooled in Murder
5* A Suitable Vengeance
5* For the Sake of Elena
4* Missing Joseph
4* Playing for the Ashes
4* In the Presence of the Enemy
4* Deception on His Mind
4* In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner
4* A Traitor to Memory
4* A Place of Hiding
4* With No One as Witness
4* What Came Before He Shot Her
3* Careless in Red
4* This Body of Death
4* Believing the Lie
3.5 Just One Evil Act
- Review of “Just One Evil Act” by Elizabeth George (rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com)
- Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley #18) by Elizabeth George (strohschein.wordpress.com)
- Just One Evil Act, By Elizabeth George. Hodder & Stoughton, £18.99 (independent.co.uk)
- To Be Released October 15th 2013! (anakalianwhims.wordpress.com)
- Coming Soon. PreOrder 10/14/13 (reviewbooksandmore.com)
- ‘Just One Evil Act’: Detective Sergeant Havers on the case (seattletimes.com)