A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

When a young woman is suspected of murdering her father, a mismatched team of detectives, both haunted by their own ghosts, seek out the truth and risk losing themselves.

I am very picky about the detective novels I will read, and A Great Deliverance had everything I look for–emphasis on character over procedure, excellent sense of place, and complicated interpersonal dynamics. The story was definitely dark but not edgy, which I also like, and I fell in love with the partnership between public school fop Thomas Lynley, an earl, and dour, working class Barbara Havers. I’m definitely curious to see how their relationship develops.

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