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Elizabeth George

USA flag (b.1949)

Elizabeth George is the author of highly acclaimed novels of psychological suspense. Her first novel, A Great Deliverance, was honoured with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel awards in America and received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France; Well-Schooled In Murder was awarded the prestigious German prize for international mystery fiction, the MIMI '1990'. Her novels have now been adapted for television by the BBC as the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. An Edgar and Macavity Nominee as well as an international bestselling author, Elizabeth George lives on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington.

Genres: Mystery, Young Adult Fantasy
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   Crime from the Mind of a Woman (2002)
     aka A Moment on the Edge
   Two of the Deadliest (2009)
Non fiction
Anthony Awards Best First Novel winner (1989) : A Great Deliverance
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (1992) : A Suitable Vengeance

Elizabeth George recommends
Nothing Personal (1994)
(Deadly Medicine)
Eileen Dreyer
"Eileen Dreyer creates the sort of skin-crawling suspense that will leave her readers looking with a wild and wary eye upon anyone at the other end of the stethoscope."
A Letter of Mary (1997)
(Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, book 3)
Laurie R King
"A Letter of Mary is a wonderful book, simultaneously inventive, charming, witty and suspenseful... I loved it."
The Long Close Call (2000)
Julia Wallis Martin
"Gripped me from the first page and held me until the final word."
China Lake (2002)
(Evan Delaney, book 1)
Meg Gardiner
"From beginning to end CHINA LAKE is a book that no reader of thrillers will be able to put down. Great characters, dynamic plot, nail-biting action - Meg Gardiner gives us everything. I highly recommend it."
Maisie Dobbs (2003)
(Maisie Dobbs, book 1)
Jacqueline Winspear
"Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs is a welcome addition to the sleuthing scene...Maisie isn't a character I'll easily forget."
Telling the Bees (2013)
Peggy Hesketh
"With infinite compassion and perfect pitch, Peggy Hesketh has written an American classic."
Harm None (2014)
(Davies & West Mystery, book 1)
Will North
"For lovers of English mysteries with authentic setting and spot-on police procedures, North's Harm None is just the ticket."
The Halo Effect (2017)
Anne D Leclaire
"Anne LeClaire's new novel The Halo Effect takes us into the life, the grief, the anguish, and the ultimate redemption of a man who has endured the excruciating loss of his only child through murder."
The Color of Air (2020)
Gail Tsukiyama
"With a piercing and authentic sense of place, Gail Tsukiyama brings to life a group of ordinary Japanese/Hawaiians with intertwined lives that are filled with love, passion, empathy, wisdom, and joy. Life is hard, but it is not hopeless and in the shadow of the volcano Mauna Loa, unforgettable individuals--drawn by the author with tenderness and in vivid detail--contend with the pain and confusion of the past and the fleeting moments of happiness in the present, letting go of both pain and fear in order to meet the future."
Angeline (2023)
Anna Quinn
"I love novels that bring a place to life and in this Anna Quinn does not disappoint. In her second novel, she masterfully creates an island in the Pacific Northwest that jumps off the page and begs to be visited. On this island she places an avant-garde religious order of nuns who have been summarily excommunicated by the Pope for various feminist infractions. No matter to the members of the renegade convent, which houses itself in a collection of yurts and offers Sunday services to the people of the island. A nun called Sister Angeline joins them, having been sent there by a Mother Superior who knows that the radical alteration in Angeline's preferred lifestyle of silence, contemplation, bodily punishment, and prayer needs some serious changes. Light of the Sea 'convent' will definitely provide that. The characters Angeline encounters are quirky and wise. The place she finds them in is a balm to her soul. She needs to be relieved of the burdens she carries from her past, and the renegade nuns are the ones to get her started. Angeline is a read that has everything: place, characters, and social issues, all delivered by the author in a way that never even verges on becoming a polemic."

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