Saturday, March 24, 2007

A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George


"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."

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this mystery set on the island of Guernsey. I didn't realize until afterwards that it was part of the Thomas Lynley series, though it focused on Simon and Deborah St. James. I liked the attention to historical detail, especially concerning the German occupation during World War II. The only quibble I have is that I wish the book had a map of the island.

Date read: 3/23/2007
Book #: 26
Rating: 3* = good
Series: Thomas Lynley #12
Genre: Mystery

ISBN-10: 0553801309
ISBN-13: 978-0553801309
Publisher: Bantam
Year: 2003
# of pages: 528
Binding: Hardcover

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