Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
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He found the body on the forty-third day of his walk . . .

Devastated by the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, the painful memories do not diminish.

Then, at the base of a cliff near a town better known for its surfing than its intrigue, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who has fallen to his death. First a witness, then a suspect when the hand of a killer is revealed, Lynley remains, above all, a policeman willing to aid the gruff head of an understaffed local constabulary in her investigation. But the secrets in this community run dark and deep—and Lynley must somehow find a way to let go of the past long enough to solve a most devious and dreadful crime.


About Elizabeth George

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Elizabeth George is a popular teacher and speaker at Christian women's events.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 545 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The new whodunnit from Elizabeth George, the George Eliot of crime writing, has ex-Superintendent Thomas Lynley, traumatised by his wife being killed in the last book, unwillingly involved in a cliff climber's murder in Cornwall.

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Publishers Weekly

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George's novels about Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley invariably have a long wind up before the action begins, so a narrator with the right tempo is absolutely necessary.

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Book Reporter

Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley had turned in his badge and vanished, not only from London but from the pages of Elizabeth George’s bestselling novels, following the senseless murder of his wife and unborn child.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Inspector Lynley makes a welcome return in a story set in Cornwall where the death of a teenager in a climbing accident proves to be murder.

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Careless in Red is the latest book in Elizabeth George's Lynley Series.

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Careless in Red is Elizabeth George's newest entry in her beloved Lynley and Havers detective series.

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In Careless in Red (Harper), Elizabeth George plucks grieving widower Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley from the edge of an emotional cliff—but why did a young climber plunge to his death, and is that delightfully remote Cornwall cottage for rent?

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