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Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
Careless in Red

Virginia Kienle, May 2, 2009

After reading the reviews of “Careless in Red”, I would like to say how much I enjoyed this book. Yes, it is a departure from George’s usual focus; as was her previous novel, “What Came Before He Shot Her”. I believe she is making the point that life does not occur in a vacuum: every person’s history is touched by extraneous characters with troubles of their own. Although I was disappointed by the brief interactions between Lynley and Havers, I knew it was fitting – just as in real life, healing takes time. To open the book with Lynley disheveled, dirty, and grubby made me feel his grief more than anything else could... it was realistic to me, and an homage to Helen that he couldn’t go on as usual.

I think many of us have become so used to the one hour format of the Inspector Lynley Mystery series on PBS, that we have come to expect that rather facile wrap up of a story. They don’t have time to develop characters; thankfully, Elizabeth George does, and does it rather well.
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