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A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George

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An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey’s wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II. It is from this period of time that his murderer may well have come. But there are others on Guernsey with reason to want Guy Brouard dead: his wives, his business associates, his current mistress, the underprivileged teenagers he mentored—any of whom might have harbored a secret motive for murder. As family and friends gather for the reading of the will, Deborah and Simon St. James find that seemingly everyone on the history-haunted island has something to hide. And behind all the lies and alibis, a killer is lurking. In order to bring this person to justice, the St. James must delve into Guernsey’s dark history—both past and present—and into the troubled psyche of someone who may have exacted retribution for the most unspeakable crime of all.

Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger WI:

A very mixed reception. A ‘wordy’ book, not one of her best as even admirers admit.

Star rating: **

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2 thoughts on “A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George”

  1. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Theatre & Literature Reading Group:
    Too long, too many ‘red herrings’, which made the timescales very questionable and put the motive for the murder into doubt. Even dedicated Lynley readers found the book tedious and not up to Elizabeth George’s usual standard. There is enough material here to warrant three books: a murder, an historical story about the war and a travelogue. Only one reader thought the knitting together of the many strands worked and even she was disappointed with the reason for the murder. Most people would not have read beyond the third chapter had they not felt committed to the ethos of our group.
    Star rating: *

  2. Review by The Benches
    At a page count of over 600 the story is rather bloated with a tangled and twisted plot and many prolonged descriptive passages which hold up the action. However, some of our members found the characters intriguing and the overall atmosphere tense. On the whole it is a reasonable detective story.
    Star rating: **

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