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Something to Hide

Unlike Elizabeth George, I've kept it short:

Lynley and Havers Are Back! My husband and I are both avid mystery readers, and our birthdays are less than a week apart. Inevitably, this year, each of us gave the other Elizabeth George’s latest: Something to Hide. Fortunately, Amazon makes it easy to return books! (And we always order using Amazon Smile, with the Millicent Library as the recipient of Amazon’s donation. Check it out if you’re not already using it.)

The New York Times review of Something to Hide commented that, at 691 pages, it is too long. True, it’s hard to read in bed. But if you’re like me, and want good things to last, it’s great to have that many pages of anything that Elizabeth George writes. The subject is pretty grim, focusing on the practice of female genital mutilation among African immigrants. But overlapping plots keep the action moving through all those pages.

The victim, suspects, and other characters are well drawn and believable. Lynley and Havers are at their best, and there’s not much better than that. There are lots of copies in the SAILS system.

From the publisher:

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are back in the next Lynley novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George.

When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death. She'd been working on a special task force within North London's Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do with life as he knows it. In his pursuit of a killer determined to remain hidden, he's assisted by Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. They must sort through the lies and the secret lives of people whose superficial cooperation masks the damage they do to one another.

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