>> Thursday, April 3, 2008
Series: #1 in the Inspector Lynley series
Publication Date: 1988
Challenges: A-Z Reading #21 (G Title)
For years, I’ve had people tell me that this series is wonderful, and I’ve even had this book on my shelf for a long time. Now that I’ve finally read it, I wish I’d started this series a long time ago. I’ve already added the rest of Margaret George’s books to my TBR list and The Hubster’s too.
When Roberta Teys is found in the barn of their Yorkshire farm with the decapitated body of her father, her only words are "I did it. And I'm not sorry." The local priest and many of the villagers insist however, that Roberta could not have killed her father. Scotland Yard’s Inspector Thomas Lynley and his newly assigned partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers are assigned to the case.
There is much more to this book than the mystery of the killer of William Teys. The story unfolds both forwards and backwards. Not only does the reader learn the history of Roberta, her family, and the village of Keldale, but the pasts of both Lynley and Havers are gradually revealed. It is a complex story with lots of characters and intertwining storylines, but I had a hard time putting it down. This was a wonderful first novel and lived up to the recommendations I’ve heard over the years. I’m already looking forward to the next one in the series.