A Great Deliverance


So today I’ve finished my first book by Elizabeth George: A Great Deliverance.

In this novel, we follow principally two characters: DS Havers and Inspector Linley of Scotland Yard. Barbara Havers is a police officer who tries to be integrated as an inspector but she is too much of a strong head to get along well with her colleagues. She is given another chance when a priest comes to Scotland Yard after he discovered a body in his little village. Havers has to team up with Thomas Linley, an aristocrat, to solve the murder in Yorkshire. They are the antithesis of each other.

From the small village of Keldale, they uncover many truths together about the inhabitants but also about themselves and each other. The title is very well appropriated because, in the end, a lot of people are delivered from their past. Furthermore, as in every true mystery novel, people are not always what they seem, appearances are deceiving.

I appreciated the small touches of history thrown into the novel about the War of the Roses, the Reformation and the Elizabethan era.

All in all, the novel takes its time to begin and it ends rather sickly (good ending but disturbing story). It is nevertheless easy to read. I read it in French (my mother tongue) and I found it somewhat enjoyable. Although, I must say that the translation of the title is disappointing.

I would recommend this novel if you’re really interested in mystery/crime novels. If you’re interested in the genre but want something really impressive, I recommend Robert Galbraith’s Strikes‘ novels. They are a pure delight.

I rated it 2.5*/5

Cheers, -A.



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