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"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death.  It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive."

In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again
find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing--and no one--is really what it seems.  Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for the
Ashes
will make readers "search out the sleuthing pair's first six adventures...a treasure," as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.


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Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on May 6, 2008
ISBN: 9780553905472
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Always dark!!! Always exciting!!!!! Always a great great great read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!read more
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"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive."In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing—and no one—is really what it seems. Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for theAshes will make readers "search out the sleuthing pair's first six adventures...a treasure," as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.read more
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Started out interesting, but had to force myself to finish reading.read more
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Always dark!!! Always exciting!!!!! Always a great great great read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive."In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing—and no one—is really what it seems. Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for theAshes will make readers "search out the sleuthing pair's first six adventures...a treasure," as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.
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Started out interesting, but had to force myself to finish reading.
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This is the 7th of the Inspector Lynley novels. A player for England's cricket team has been murdered. Who did it - the soon-to-be-ex wife who stills love him, the disappointed disreputable teenage son, the "sugar mama" who has taken him under her wing, the "sugar mama"'s daughter who has been disinherited, the blonde girlfriend who wants to marry him, or someone else? The mystery is solved in the end, but it's not who you might think did it. George does such a good job of telling the stories of not just the main characters but all of the characters. I really got caught up in their stories in this novel.
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Very disappointed with this entry. It goes on and on (and on), and in the end I simply skipped about 100 pages and read the climax. Even then the biggest question facing Lynley (what he should do about the case he's wrapping up) remained unanswered, and it didn't sit well with me. Not what I've come to expect with this series.
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Kindle. First time I read a novel about Lynley and Havers, have watched them on Masterpiece. Quite nice. Good juxtaposition between a first person narrative by Olivia (why does Olivia matter, why is she in the center of the book, we ask until the end). Like Lynley and Havers. Never got Helen on Masterpiece. She seems to be a different character in the book. But I still don't think I get her. Lynley suspects she's a mistake. I think he may be right. Fun. TGA in the middle. Took me a day to retrieve the plot so I could finish the book. I'm glad I didn't have to read it twice. Probably not worth that much. . . . . Would read George again. Accomplised fun. Double narrative was a nice plus
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