By Adventures in Obsessive Reading 

Title: A Great Deliverance
Author: Elizabeth George
Page Count: 431
Rating: A
Format Read: Kindle
Genre: Mystery
Keywords: England, Inspector, Murder
Kid Appropriate: No

Synopsis from Goodreads:

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale’s lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as the legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they’d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell’s raiders.

Now into Keldale’s pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth Earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an ax in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father’s headless corpse. Her first and last words were “I did it. And I’m not sorry.”

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale’s dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley—and in their own lives as well. 

My Review:

I LOVED THIS BOOK! If you are a mystery fan, especially English mysteries, then you absolutely need to pick up this series. It is unexpected, creepy, dark, and a great adventure.

While this book was originally published in 1988 I did keep getting similar vibes to the Cormoran Strike series from J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith. There is a detective duo with a strong cast of supporting characters. My only downside was that the character of Barbara Havers legitimately was one of the most frustrating, rude, and annoying characters I have encountered in a long time. I constantly wanted to skim her sections of the story and would have to walk away from the book. If you have a similar issue with her character while reading don’t worry too much. Her development throughout the series is fantastic and by book five I actually like her now! 

If you’re into twisted mysteries and don’t mind being slightly disturbed and/or crying uncontrollably at certain points in the story then I highly recommend checking out this series. 

About the Author of Adventures in Obsessive Reading 

Ms. Winkle is an author and book blogger. Bleeding Heart is the first installment in her Guardian Chronicles series and her first novel. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana, an MA in International Security from the University of Arizona, and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Political Science. When she isn’t studying she can usually be found with a dog and a book.