Book Review: Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George is an American writer who is well-known for her Detective Inspector Lynley series that is set in the UK. Lynley, a titled aristocrat, works for Scotland Yard, but in Believing the Lie he is approached by a business magnate to look into his nephew’s death, so Lynley makes his way to Cumbria to do an informal review of the evidence. The coroner’s verdict was accidental death, but as Lynley investigates he discovers there are a number of people who could have had both motive and opportunity to commit murder in this small community.
Elizabeth George has built up a series that has a massive following worldwide and it is easy to see why. The plot line is intelligent, Lynley a believable and likeable character, and her setting is distinctly English in tone and sensibility which adds to its storytelling charm. I found this to be a highly enjoyable and interesting read, although some aspects of the novel I thought were a little unbelievable, but at the end of the novel it didn’t matter that I didn’t believe every plot point Elizabeth George served up. Believing the Lie is still a suspenseful novel that is well worth reading.