I have seen this meme quite a bit this year and decided it might be a fun way to give attention to some of the books marinating on my shelves, patiently waiting their turn to be read. I make no promises that it will be soon. My TBR collection is . . . well, let's just say, quite large. And that's an understatement.
Shelf Control hosted by Lisa of Bookshelf Fantasies "is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers."
This mystery series features Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton, and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers of New Scotland Yard. I believe the series is up to 19 books, but I only have 14 of them, along with a short story collection that includes one story featuring Inspector Lynley. There are two many books to provide a synopsis of each one, but I imagine just knowing who the main players are and the setting gives you an idea of the type of books these are.
A Great Deliverance (1988; 413 pgs)
Payment in Blood (1989; 374 pgs)
Well-Schooled in Murder (1990; 414 pgs)
A Suitable Vengeance (1991; 449 pgs)
For the Sake of Elena (1992; 442 pgs)
Missing Joseph (1993; 567 pgs)
Playing for the Ashes (1994; 678 pgs)
The Presence of the Enemy (1996; 625 pgs)
Deception on His Mind (1996; 716 pgs)
In the Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (1999; 718 pgs)
A Traitor To Memory (2001; 1009 pgs )
A Place of Hiding (2003; 777 pgs)
How I got them: Years ago, I discovered E-Bay and the fact that I could buy boxes of used books at a irresistible rate. I bid on a box of twelve used books in Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley's series, and one short story collection (The Evidence Exposed), and won.
When I got it: *hangs head in embarrassment* September of 2004. (I later purchased No One As My Witness in March of 2006 from Barnes and Noble and a signed copy of This Body of Death at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2010, which is kind of silly in retrospect given I had only read one f the other books in the series. This was back in my must-have-every-possible-book-in-the-series-before-reading phase.)
Why I want to read them: A pen pal recommended the series to me, and I have heard wonderful things about the books since then. I have actually read one of Elizabeth George's books (For the Sake of Elena--although another copy; not the one that came in this box), which I enjoyed quite a bit. I love mysteries, and really do want to read this series someday. It's one of the reasons all these books survived my massive book purging when we moved five years ago and the second one last year. Of course, pulling the books off my shelf for the photos for the post, I nearly dove right into the first one because, even after all these years, the series sounds so good.
The Evidence Exposed (1999, 216 pgs)
Have you read these books? If so, what did you think? Should I move them up in my TBR pile?
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