Just One Evil Act : Inspector Lynley

  • by Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • Series: Inspector Lynley
  • 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late.
When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done.
Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight. Barbara's clever manipulation of the worst of London's tabloids forces New Scotland Yard to become involved. But rather than Barbara herself, her superior officer DI Thomas Lynley is assigned to handle a situation made delicate by racial issues, language difficulties, and the determination of an Italian magistrate to arrest and convict someone - anyone - for the crime.


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Customer Reviews

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Would you consider the audio edition of Just One Evil Act to be better than the print version?

No. As other reviewers have said, there's far too much Italian. I can read Italian a bit but couldn't follow the speech. It would have been better if the author had translated somehow where necessary because sometimes the Italian was relevant to the plot. Also the names would be easier to follow in print.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

I have always loved Elizabeth George's books and grabbed this one before there were any reviews. It is a disappointment.

What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

Her voice wasn't suitable to the book - a man would have been better. Maybe she was chosen for her Italian?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long and complicated for one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I am just at the end of Part 3 and no longer really care who did what to whom but am gritting my teeth to get to the end. This seems quite different from Elizabeth George's previous Lynley books and seems a bit self-indulgent.

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- barjil

Very disappointing.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

As I was unable to listen beyond the first couple of chapters, I don't feel able to say who might enjoy it more.

What could Elizabeth George have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

As someone who speaks no Italian, I found my mind switching off from all the Italian phrases and couldn't say if they were places, people or conversation and lost chunks of the story at these points, although, with hindsight, don't feel that I missed a great deal worth listening to. Perhaps Elizabeth George could consider how much value this added to her storyline compared to the confusion experienced by, I am sure, other listeners.

Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

Absolutely not. The narrator's shrillness of tone and attempts at regional accents made the book impossible for me to listen to. I really should have read the reviews as I have since read the same point raised several times. Lesson learned.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointing. I have read all of the Inspector Lynley books and this is the first that I attempted to listen to. Aside from my previous comments about the narrator, even in the first few chapters that I tried to follow, my lasting impression is that I would have been disappointed in the story had I been able to grit my teeth and carry on for longer.

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- Ms K. Pell "Sarah K"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-10-2013
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton