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Scotland Yard's Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers are teamed up for the first time to investigate the beheading murder of William Teys in Yorkshire. His daughter Roberta has confessed to the killing, but she is in a catatonic state and the locals represented by the parish priest seem to think she is not really guilty. Circumstances seem to indicate that she may well be innocent,
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Lynley and Havers discover that Teys' young wife had run off when her daughters were small as had Roberta's sister when she was sixteen. Teys had been about to remarry a widow with a young daughter. They also learn about a dead new born baby that had been found on the grounds of a ruined abbey. They are led to search for Teys' missing wife and daughter so that they can find out what really happened.
The review of this Book prepared by Jack Goodstein

Fat, unpretty Roberta Teys, 19, has been found in her Sunday dress, axe in her lap, in the old stone barn in the tiny English village of Keldale, with her father's headless corpse nearby. Her only words before she goes utterly silent for the next few weeks are "I did it. And I'm not sorry." Elizabeth George introduces her Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton, and his good friend Simon Allcourt-St. James, an independent forensic scientist. Lynley (something of a literary descendant of Lord Peter Wimsey) has been partnered with Sgt. Barbara Havers, an unhappy, class-sensitive working class woman who has failed to make detective before, as well as rubbed most other men in the department the wrong way. The ability of the veteran "toff" and the touchy sergeant to get along and work together is part of the interest in the first few books of the series. George's excellent mysteries have the added virtue of skillfully reflecting the issues of the case in the lives of her heroes (and their significant others). An auspicious debut for a series that would go on to greater things.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   farmer Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   wealthy    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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