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A very slutty deaf girl is bludgeoned to death whilst jogging near her Cambridge college Was the killer one of her lovers Was it a misogynistic Shakespeare professor with an enormous penis Was it her frigid, Stepfordesque stepmother Will we have to explore the artistic feud between Whistler and Ruskin, and dissect much facile gibberish about art and the creative impulse before the unlikely murderer with even unlikelier motivations is revealed Will we ponder the differences between middle aged women thickening waists, broadening hips, sagging breasts, crows feet, pear shapes, barren wombs and young slim, firm, smelling of ripe fruit George researches her topics diligently deaf politics, art, jazz , writes about them somewhat less successfully the whiff of the neophyte clings to them On balance this is an absorbing mystery, with Lynley and Havers struggling with elusive Helen and demented Mum as they crimesolve. The plot is thus Elena Weaver, a student of English at Cambridge, gets her face smashed in while out for her morning run Scotland Yard is called in because of blah blah plot contrivance blah Anyway, Elena was deaf, and this is a MAJOR DEAL TO LIKE, EVERYONE SHE KNEW Her parents wouldn t let her learn how to sign until she was in her teens because they wanted her to live a normal life, her friend from the campus Deaf Student Group gave her shit because she didn t embrace Deaf culture as whole heartedly as he thought she should have, everyone always referred to her as that little deaf girl, etc Basically, the poor kid couldn t get a moment s peace about it Also, apparently the British have never met Political Correctness and would not give it tea and sandwiches if they had.As to why someone would want to kill Elena well Her stepmom hated her for being the center of her father s life, her friend from the student group had plenty of reasons to be displeased with her, none of which I shall reveal here because they re spoilery, she was pregnant, she was having an affair with a married guy, she d accused a Swede of sexual harassment you get the point She might as well have had a giant KILL ME ALREADY sign taped to her back.Now, I think this book failed on two levels first, and most importantly to the craftspeople among you, it fails because George fucking cheats You get the murderer s POV quite early on, without knowing that they re the murderer, and when the big reveal comes and you go back and reread that initial section Yeah, it doesn t make any goddamn sense Those are not the thoughts of someone who has just bludgeoned a young woman to death they re not even the carefully edited thoughts of a person who has just committed murder I m all for unreliable narrators, but that bald faced lying shit only works in the first person George was writing in third person limited She was essentially tapping into this character s stream of consciousness, and the level of denial that would have had to be present for that person to think that way was just NOT characteristic of their later thoughts and actions Sloppy, George EXTREMELY SLOPPY.So it fails plot wise, and it s also horribly ableist, not to mention homophobic Basically, Elena s parents spent her entire life thinking that she was somehow lesser for having been born deaf I m not complaining about that, because unfortunately that does happen I am complaining about the fact that at one point her dad goes off on a rant about why couldn t she just be NORMAL, and George essentially says that there s no crime in feeling that way, that the only crime is in running from it.NOW HOLD UP.No, it isn t a crime to feel that way, because all of society is TELLING you to feel that way, and people are only human But the only crime being running away from it Bullshit BULLSHIT The crime is holding onto those feelings and making your daughter pay for them by not letting her learn sign language until outside authorities force you to The crime is in making her suffer so that you can feel normal Because when it comes right down to it, you don t care about her and whether she s fitting in you care about the fact that by not fitting in, she s making you stick out deep breath Okay, MOVING ON.George also tried to tackle the desire of people in marginalized groups to belong completely to larger society, and of course she screwed the pooch on that one, too Her portrayal of marginalized people who have rejected mainstream culture in favor of their own is stereotyped in the extreme she has some sympathy for the Deaf Student club member who was friends with Elena, but when she briefly touches on lesbianism in a side plot Oh, holy heaven The good lesbian is the girl who feels bad about hurting her parents by coming out, and who fantasizes about having a heterosexual relationship the bad lesbian manipulates her girlfriend into coming out by using sex, refuses to let her girlfriend give information to the police because she illogically thinks it will endanger them, and then runs for the hills when another student is murdered Oh, and she s the one constantly harping on gay identity and how in a few years, we won t even need men for sperm any yeah.Recommended for OH HOLY CHRIST SAVE YOURSELVES BEFORE IT S TOO LATE RUN RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN. Wow I really really liked this one a lot I have to say that George did a masterful job of peeling off the layers of who murdered Elena Weaver as well as how Lynley has been selfish in his pursuit of Lady Helen We also get a great look at Havers home life now that her father has passed Havers struggles with whether she can keep having a neighbor watch her mother or finally have her mother at a home where she can be safe, and Havers can have some sort of life For the Sake of Elena has Scotland Yard called in when a young woman, Elena Weaver, is found murdered during her morning run Elena was a student at St Stephen s College and had some rocky times at school and with her father and their relationship When she s found murdered it ends up not only affecting her father, mother, and stepmother, but many people who all seemed to think that they knew the real Elena.Lynley volunteers to go in after Scotland Yard is requested to oversee things Havers and she go to Cambridge Lynley happily because Lady Helen is there with her sister and he thinks once again he can make his case for her to love and be with him Lynley and Havers work together very well in this one and their dynamic issolid.Lynley issolid in this one He is still thinking of Helen, but not to the detriment of the case He and Havers play off each other very well And then Lynley sees a way to see Helen and involve her sister in the case which at first I was kind of rolling my eyes about However, we come to realize why Helen s sister Pen is a good woman to have involved in this.Helen is still reluctant to be with Lynley Living with her sister who is suffering from post partum but also her loss of self due to her husband and his demands one does not wonder why she s reluctant to be with Lynley and be his wife I kept hoping someone would smash her brother in law s head in Havers I felt the most sorry for in this one She s doing great with not letting things that people say to her bother her She s not as fragile in this one I think However, she s running out of time to decide what to do with her mother Hopefully in the next book that s laid to rest The secondary characters we follow, Sarah Gordon who finds Elena s body, Elena s father who is hoping to be named Chair at the college, her stepmother Justine who resents Elena and a lot of other things in her marriage, Elena s embittered mother, several men who loved and were in turns frustrated with her I think that it was good to get a sense of Elena at the beginning and to see why she was pretty much a chameleon with everyone she met She was always something else depending on the audience I don t want to spoil for other readers, but I definitely wonder what would have happened if Elena had lived.The writing was very good I do think that the flow was slow at times I wondered why we spent time with certain characters, it becomes clear after a while though why we did.The setting of the college is a bit different than the boy s school we saw in Well Schooled in Murder This place doesn t seem dark and full of secrets.The ending was definitely a surprise We find out who killed Elena and why We also finally hopefully get an end to that whole thing with Lady Helen one way or the other It has distracted from the main mysteries for me. Another well written murder mystery, even if the motive revealed at the end is fraught with melodrama At first I was indignant, certain the author had cheated me, but after re reading an earlier chapter I bet every reader will go back and revisit this chapter I acknowledged an acceptable bit of cleverness.The book is rather depressing, as it s full of people making themselves unhappy for various reasons It s especially cynical about love and marriage, even as Lynley desperately pursues Helen Meanwhile Havers is dealing with her mother s rapid descent into dementia.I m getting a little tired of the author s fixation on the bodies of middle aged women who have let themselves go We hear all about their crow s feet, thickening waists, drooping breasts and sagging flesh, while their middle aged husbands seem to be merely burdened with lined faces and greying hair.This is the first of these books where I can plainly see the value of value of Lynley s partnership with Havers Until now it has seemed to me that Lynley did most of the sleuthing, while Havers contribution was limited to mundane footwork But here we have Lynley consciously weighing his instincts against the observations he knows that Havers will make, even before he speaks to her There s also some lighthearted banter between them, and Havers isn t quite as caustic. ( READ EBOOK ) ☸ For the Sake of Elena ☧ Inspector Lynleys F Nfter Fall F Hrt Ihn An Die Ehrw Rdige Universit T Cambridge Eine Studentin Wurde Ermordet Und Ihr Tod Erscheint Zun Chst R Tselhaft Doch Je Tiefer Lynley Und Seine Assistentin In Den Fall Eindringen, Um So Dichter Wird Das Geflecht Aus Falschem Stolz, Uneingestander Schuld Und Bedingungsloser Liebe In Einer Akademischen M Nnerwelt, In Der Frauen Einen Schweren Stand Haben Und Bisweilen In Gefahr Geraten 5 in the Lynley Havers Series Elizabeth George does it again A bunch of mini stories rolled up into one Elena is murdered Lynley and Havers are brought in to investigate bringing in personal problems of their own Helen is in Cambridge helping her sister Penelope take care of her kids Lynley is trying to win Helen over Havers is desperately trying not to feel guilty about having to put her mom in a home and she is doing everything she can to delay it George does a wonderful job giving us lessons on marriage and family We learn that most men want a wife who will give all of herself so they don t have to Very interesting very true I really enjoy the way George writes You get tossed into a soap opera Solving the murder is always the main focus but George does a great job developing various characters through out the story. Waiting till after buddy read to rate. Fifth in the Inspector Lynley detective mystery series set in modern day England and revolving around Tommy Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton, and his Scotland Yard partner, Barbara Havers.My TakeIt all comes down to love of one s craft, love for another, but mostly, love for one s self and how it affects everyone around us It s a hard lesson for Tommy to absorb and one every man needs to understand And every woman must comprehend because of its truth George made a comment about love being about the other person The interaction between Pen and Harry strongly points this up and gives Tommy the edge the next time he talks with Helen.A closely related topic since it is a part of self love is how the actions of a parent influence their child s behaviors I wonder how differently the story would have turned out if mama had been less self absorbed Elena s mother has a chip on her shoulder that s so big, I m surprised she hasn t opened up a lumber store of her own Then there s the rigid and extremely careful stepmother the honored artist who has lost her creativity and, all the men with whom Elena is involved I wonder if her mother ever realizes how much influence she had on her daughter and her daughter s actions One of my pet peeves is also expounded in For the Sake of Elena, the interpretation of an artist s work by, well, for lack of a better word, a non participant One of the suspects is a teacher at the University who has his own interpretation of why Shakespeare wrote as he did Oh, please What does anyone but the original creator know about why s he created the play novel art as they did I have no objection to interpreting what you think their reasons were, but do not propound that this is the absolute truth of its creation I just love George s Inspector Lynley series She sets our expectations on their our heads, and she writes so intelligently I just picked up the next in the series, Missing Joseph , 6, and I can t wait to start reading The StoryA vibrant, young life is brutally taken and Cambridge University requires Scotland Yard take over the investigation The father, a history professor and candidate for the Penford Chair, is devastated for the loss of the daughter, Elena, he s finally getting to know and for the overwhelming sense of guilt he feels for leaving her so many years ago little realizing he is the catalyst.True to form, George provides so many clues that I got dizzy in the reading There were so many possible suspects and reasons for offing Elena It s fascinating to read through the investigation as we dive further into the reality of the individual.The CharactersTommy Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton and a detective inspector for Scotland Yard, volunteers for the case partly because Lady Helen is helping her sister who just happens to live outside Cambridge It s been months since he proposed and she shot him down Months that he s spent trying to give up the hope of them as a couple Barbara Havers, Tommy s partner at Scotland Yard, has her own cross to bear one arm of which is her inbred hatred for the upper classes with the other arm a mother sinking fast into dementia.Lady Helen plays an important role along with her sister, Pen Simon St James makes a very brief appearance no sign of Deborah.One of the minor characters is Miranda Webberly, a jazz musician and student at Cambridge who just happens to be Tommy s boss daughter and an excellent observer A side plot involving a young couple bucking the expectations of society provides further illumination on love.An important pair of characters is Pen and Harry, Lady Helen s sister and brother in law The couple are at a crisis point in their marriage and its their interactions which drive the main theme in For the Sake of Elena Love. For a long time I really liked Elizabeth George but eventually her plots became. taxing than I was willing to read.kind of bizarre This one was the first I ever read and I really liked it this time, much less so It can be quite inevitable that some American writes, writing about England or the UK make some glaring errors that constantly irritate and this is one.The issue of upper class titles is one that always seems to cause confusion throughout the series, Helen is inevitably referred to as Lady Helen , which is her own hereditary title However, she would not be referred to as that, especially among her peers she should have just been Helen Conversely, her sister is never referred to as Lady when she has an equal right to be so so the author is inconsistent and there is my irritation Using the title also functions to distance Helen and make her into a stereotype.And stereotypes are all over the place the common working class girl, Tommy, the landed aristocrat who works for the police slightly need to stretch to believe in that one everyone, in fact, becomes a stereotype of what the author expects him or her to be Not always a bad thing but can be annoying The lesbian couple where one half is a drama queen and the other is pushed around by that The grown ups in the piece behave alarmingly badly and provide stereotypes of their own.On the plus side, the issue of deafness is fairly well dealt with there are deaf people have a disability and Deaf people who have embraced their deafness and don t try to hide it This is a real issue from my having worked in that community Elena is presented as caught between the two and is a deaf girl who is proficient at hiding it whereas her parents are almost embarrassed by her deficiency Thus, she feels angry and wants to punish them for the perceived rejection, doing this by promiscuity It is suggested she is using this as a way of saying look at me, I am well accepted here, just like a hearing girl The father, his 3 women and his driving ambition leads him to losing his daughter as a revenge for something he destroyed for one of them there is some discussion about whether that loss is similar to him losing his child Quite appropriate but the events seemed a little barmy and the eventual perpetrator had clearly lost some part of her mind None of the father or the 3 women came across as at all likeable Elena, dead though she was, did incite some compassion and seemed a fairly whole person, unlike pretty much everyone else These books are mainly readable but I have lost faith in the writer. Read by Terrence HardimanTotal Runtime 16 Hours 27 MinsDescription Elena Weaver, in her skimpy dresses and bright jewellery, exuded intelligence and sexuality A student at St Stephen s College, Cambridge, she lived a life of casual but intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and targets to achieve Until someone, lying in wait on the bank of the River Cam, where Elena went running every morning, bludgeoned the young woman to death Called into the rarefied world of academia, Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Barbara Havers find a tangled skein of love, obsession and desire a maelstrom of emotion that has claimed Elena Weaver s life. Eloise Fumette A young deaf lass is the murderee here The psychological positions of all the cast are overly mined, which makes this longer than it should have been Apart from that, an enjoyable whodunnit where all the clues were in the text, not laying somewhere off stage left.4 A Great Deliverance 1988 3 Payment in Blood 1989 4 Well Schooled in Murder 1990 3 A Suitable Vengeance 1991 3.5 For the Sake of ElenaTR Missing Joseph