What Is the Proper Order of Elizabeth George's Novels?


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Elizabeth George's first four Inspector Lynley mystery novels, in order of publication, are "A Great Deliverance," "Payment in Blood," "Well-Schooled in Murder" and "A Suitable Vengeance." Chronologically, "A Suitable Vengeance" precedes the first book in the series, but otherwise, the publication order is also the chronological order for the series. The order for George's young adult saga, the Saratoga Woods trilogy, is "The Edge of Nowhere," "The Edge of the Water" and "The Edge of the Shadows."

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Readers can find a complete list of Elizabeth George's books on ElizabethGeorgeOnline.com. Inspector Lynley books are listed first, in order of publication, followed by the Saratoga Woods books and finally her short-story collections and non-fiction work on writing.

The Inspector Lynley series features Inspector Thomas Lynley of New Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. In the prequel novel, "A Suitable Vengeance," Lynley and his fiancee go to his family home for their engagement party, but they encounter family tensions and a murder that casts suspicion on Lynley's family and those who serve it. In "A Great Deliverance," Inspector Lynley goes to a Yorkshire village to investigate the murder of a prominent citizen. The man's daughter confesses to killing him, but the local priest and the villagers believe she is innocent.

The Saratoga Woods books take place on Whidbey Island, near Seattle. Teenager Becca King, who can hear others' thoughts, has learned of her stepfather's involvement with crime and has run away to escape him. As she hides on the island, an accident reveals that she is not the only one with secrets.

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