Crime

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Be­liev­ing the Lie El­iz­a­beth Ge­orge, Hod­der & Stoughton, $32.99 Even more sus­pen­sion of dis­be­lief than usual is re­quired in this lat­est ad­ven­ture of aris­to­cratic wid­ower DI Thomas Lyn­ley and his sar­to­ri­ally chal­lenged side­kick, DS Bar­bara Havers. Lyn­ley is com­man­deered to do some sen­si­tive sleuthing among the aris­to­crats of the Lake Dis­trict and takes his up­per-crust friends the St Jame­ses along to help. Red-headed Deb­o­rah, smit­ten as ever with the lack-of-baby blues, makes a right hash of it all. There are sev­eral deaths and a lot of pos­tur­ing. One can’t help won­der­ing if this is re­ally how the up­per ech­e­lons be­have, but equally it’s the pri­vate lives of the well-known char­ac­ters that keep you read­ing, rather than the creaky, complicate­d, oddly dis­miss­able plots.

Katharine Eng­land

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