Just One Evil Act, with Elizabeth George
Fans of Inspector Lynley, line up! We are very excited to once again host mystery writer Elizabeth George for her latest in the series. And this one goes places the Inspector has never gone before!
Elizabeth George has been writing bestselling psychological thrillers for over two decades—her prolific career includes 17 adult novels, a book of nonfiction, two short story collections, a YA novel, 11 BBC adaptations, and an Anthony and Agatha award. And last year, 24 years since her very first Inspector Lynley novel, Elizabeth George added another credit to her name with Believing the Lie: she became a #1 New York Times bestseller.
George’s newnovel, Just One Evil Act, (on-sale October 15) contains more important firsts. In her 18th Lynley mystery, fans will delight to see series favorite Sergeant Barbara Havers take center stage for the first time in sixteen years. Even more surprising, George, with her unmatched ability to paint distinctive and alluring settings, turns her eye to Tuscany and, for the first time, takes Lynley and Havers out of the UK.
While George has always set this series in England—she is the “master of the English mystery,” (New York Times) no less—she actually lives on Whidbey Island, which makes her highly-descriptive British narratives all the more impressive. George’s characters are believable, tangible, and complex, and Lynley has been hailed “one of the great character portraits of contemporary crime fiction” (The Boston Globe).
JUST ONE EVIL ACT finds Barbara Havers facing the challenge of her career: when the daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar is taken by the girl’s mother, Barbara is at a loss. She can’t really help—Azhar never married Angelina, and his name isn’t on their daughter’s birth certificate, so he has no legal claim. As he begins to accept his soul-crushing loss, Angelina reappears with shocking news: their daughter Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. In a desperate attempt to help her friend, Barbara risks her own career — and Lynley’s — in more ways than one. The pair soon discovers that the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation.
What follows is pure George—psychological suspense, wry wit, and emotional nuance, capped off with an ending you’ll never see coming. Don't miss this chance to savor the latest mystery, and have a conversation with this master writer!