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A Great Deliverance (original 1988; edição 1989)

por Elizabeth George

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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders. Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry." Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley -- and in their own lives as well.… (mais)
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Título:A Great Deliverance
Autores:Elizabeth George
Informação:Bantam (1989), Paperback, 432 pages
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I'll probably read a few more in this series to see if it grows on me, but this wasn't really my type of mystery. The characters were engaging, and I think it was more them than the plot that kept me reading, since I was only mildly curious about the resolution.

Also, if you're at all into fat activism, this is definitely not a pleasant read. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
iI read this book as well as the entire series over a period of 30 years and loved each and every one of them. I was really great to revisit with my ‘old friends”. The supposed killer…Roberta Teys, a silent, obese adolescent…gives Lizzie Borden a run for her money here even though she did the job in less than 40 whacks. She says she did it and “I’m not sorry”. So end of mystery right? No way! We are only getting started. I have always loved the character of Inspector Lynley while finding Barbara Havers…his partner, to be a embittered and unhappy woman. To make matters worse she hates Inspector Lynley who was born of nobility and doesn’t need to work but chooses to. How anyone in charge thought putting these two together would be a good idea heaven only knows. There are so many more of these novels all featuring this unlikely duo. The twists and turns of the plot are interesting and engaging and on top of that it is a really good read. I would definitely recommend this series if you are a fan of good detective fiction. I’m going to read every single one of these novels again and when I’m done I’ll watch the series on DVD….the best of both worlds. ( )
  Carol420 | Jul 15, 2020 |
First published in 1988, A Great Deliverance is the first book in the mystery series featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. In addition to being a Scotland Yard Inspector, Lynley is the eighth Earl of Asherton, an elegant, aristocratic, former Etonian and Oxford man, well dressed, well educated and well connected. Sergeant Barbara Havers, recently demoted because she was unable to work with anyone else, is called back and given one last chance to redeem herself. Barbara is fat, badly dressed, homely and completely lacking any self esteem. She has a huge chip on her shoulder and it's never been more apparent than with her interaction with Lynley. Their task is to investigate a horrific murder in Yorkshire where a farmer's daughter has been accused of decapitating her father with an ax, then sitting calmly next to him, guarding his body.

The story is complex in both character and plot development. The author has done so much to flesh out the backgrounds of the lead characters. There is also a cast of supporting characters who play significant roles as the series evolves. While it might not be as good a book as subsequent books in the series I think this one gives intriguing hints into the relationships between the characters, ensuring you will pick up the next one to learn more.

A Great Deliverance is a great beginning to what is later a great series.
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Wow. Just wow. So going to say first off that this book starts off slow. I found myself getting bored with Inspector Lynley and with Havers. Lynley felt too distance and Havers started driving me mad with her self-sabotage. But the more we get into the case that has them in their grips the more I wanted to keep reading. It took me getting to almost 40 percent though before I became seriously engrossed in this one. The characters we are introduced too had me wanting to know more (Lady Helen, Deborah, St. James, etc.) and we know that there is more of a story than the one that Havers wants to believe. We also have the mystery that takes a while to unfold. The ending shocked me and I loved Lynley for being an avenging angel, at least in words.

"A Great Deliverance" follows Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sargeant Barbara Havers as they go to investigate who decapitated a man living in Keldare. Though the man's daughter is accused of the crime many say that it's not possible that she did it. So Lynley and Havers start combing through the dead man's life and find out that there are a lot of things that don't add up.

So I really liked Lynley after a while. George starts off giving you Havers impressions of him and the rumors, but you start to realize that what you think of him doesn't really add up. And the same goes for Havers. She seems hell-bent on ruining her reputation and forever being in uniform. She has good instincts but is reluctant to let anyone in. She believes she was given a second chance with Lynley since she's so unattractive he would not try anything with her. Though Havers resists at first, she and Lynley actually work very well together.

The secondary characters are wonderful. I loved the characters of Deborah and St. James and I wish we had gotten an inkling on how they wound up together. Lady Helen is great and though I thought at first she was in love with Lynley, it does not appear to be so. They seem to be very good friends though so I wonder if she will show up in future books. Though we don't get to really know much about Roberta Teys (the woman accused of murdering her father) we do hear a lot about her via other characters. I can't get into much without spoilers, but definitely enjoyed how George had that character revealed to not only Lynley and Havers, but to readers just via the surroundings that Lynley and Havers observed and what was told to them.

I did enjoy the main plot in this one and how George lets the story sit with you and then little kernels are thrown out here and there until the final reveal was very well done. It felt a bit like Louise Penny's older Inspector Gamache books.

I did enjoy the writing. George does set a scene. I could picture everyone in my mind and the setting of Keldare very well. The flow was hard going though. It was a bit tough to get through the first 30 percent of this book. I found myself getting bored here and there and wanting to just DNF it. I am so glad I kept up with it though. The secrets that start to unravel, the things we as readers are able to find out are great. I do like the fact that we are privy to some aspects of Lynley that Havers is not.

The setting of Keldare at times felt wonderful and then oppressive depending on where Havers and Lynley were. The old farmhouse gave me the creeps as did several places where the characters traveled. You get why later on in the book though, but I did love the atmosphere that George presents.

The ending was wonderful and I think I would have had words with [redacted] too. Definitely going to check out the second book in this series when I get a chance. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
The axe was too kind
papa deserved to suffer
rest in peace, puppy. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders. Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry." Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley -- and in their own lives as well.

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