For the Sake of Elena

[Reading] ➿ For the Sake of Elena By Elizabeth George – Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on h Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting Sake of Kindle Ñ her for the first time In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on her walls While her embittered mother fretted about her welfare from her home in London in Cambridge—where Elena was a student at St Stephen's College—her father and his second wife each had their own very For the Kindle - different image of the girl As for Elena she lived a life of casual and intense physical and emotional relationships with scores to settle and goals to achieve until someone lying in wait along the route she ran every morning bludgeoned her to deathUnwilling to turn the killing over to the local police the university calls in New Scotland Yard Thus Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara the Sake of Epub µ Havers enter the rarefied world of Cambridge University where academic gowns often hide murderous intentionsFor both officers the true identity of Elena Weaver proves elusive Each relationship the girl left behind casts new light both on Elena and on those people who appeared to know her best—from an unsavory Swedish born Shakespearean professor to the brooding head of the Deaf Students UnionWhat's Elena's father a Cambridge professor under consideration for a prestigious post is a man with his own dark secrets While his past sins make him neurotically dedicated to Elena and blind to her blacker side present demons drive him toward betrayal.For the Sake of Elena

See this thread for informationSusan Elizabeth George is Sake of Kindle Ñ an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain Eleven of her novels featuring her character Inspector Lynley have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley MysteriesShe was born in Warren Ohio but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was eighteen months old She was a student of English receiving a teaching certificate While For the Kindle - teaching English in the public school system she completed an advanced degree in psychologyHer first published novel was A Great Deliverance in featuring Thomas Lynley Lord Asherton a Scotland Yard inspector of noble birth; Barbara Havers Lynley's assistant from a very working class background; Lady Helen Clyde Lynley's girlfriend and later wife of noble birth as well; and Lynley's friends Simon and Deborah St JamesThis Elizabeth George is distinct from the Sake of Epub µ the other author named Elizabeth George Christian authorSeries.

For the Sake of Elena MOBI Ñ the Sake of  Epub µ
  • Hardcover
  • 388 pages
  • For the Sake of Elena
  • Elizabeth George
  • English
  • 05 February 2014
  • 9780340831366

10 thoughts on “For the Sake of Elena

  1. says:

    I enjoy this series To me I feel that they are a light fluffy read Some or better than others but I feel like they just don't have enough action for me Others will probably feel differently because I love my suspense than a mystery I have to say the ending of her series always gives a curve ball and there is always action there Now I have to say that even though I do not feel that there is not enough action I really do enjoy them Elizabeth George does so well on her characterization that you end up begging for I love the main characters in this series and they are becoming old friendsElena Weaver is a beautiful sexually precocious and extremely troubled student at St Stephens College in Cambridge One morning Elena is out running when she's attacked and killed by an unknown person Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case along with his longtime partner Sergeant Barbara Havers Lynley is than happy to take on the assignment because Lady Helen Clyde the woman he has been in love with for some time is in Cambridge and staying with her sister Penelope Meanwhile Sergeant Havers has problems of her own Her elderly mother suffers from dementia and Barbara is not able to care for her alone After several disasters with hired caregivers she now faces a difficult decision to either continue with things as they are or put her mother into an assisted living facilityThe further Lynley and Havers get into the investigation of Elena's murder the less they understand Elena's lifestyle attracted many potential suspects and than one character had murderous intentions Past hurts and resentments are played out and this ends up being a story of unrealized dreams and guilt and revenge What's Elena's father a Cambridge professor under consideration for a prestigious post is a man with his own dark secrets While his past sins make him neurotically dedicated to Elena and blind to her blacker side present demons drive him toward betrayalWhen I got to the final chapters I couldn't believe who the killer was much less the motive I thought I had it all figured out but was so wrong There were so many suspectsand they all had different motives

  2. says:

    Elizabeth George dubs her genre “literary mystery” “For The Sake Of Elena” 1992 observes viewpoints of life in spades jazz painting and one’s art as a lifeline We poignantly meet Helen’s post partum depressed sister Penelope who worked at an art gallery She reveals feeling like a baby machine until there is no self or partnership Her husband can’t handle their harried home no matter how much help Penelope and the children need We cheer when Thomas interests Penelope in a case and she sticks her husband with their kids while she leaves to x ray a paintingI came to three stars first because the motive for murder was ridiculous including the choice of victim Secondly however enlightening the variety of profound viewpoints were; their number diluted the focus and the story thus lost its éclat It is okay to give this magnificent authoress three stars Elizabeth normally receives four and five stars from me She has many books most recently a writing tutorial that I must haveThis novel is for fans wanting personal updates of Thomas Helen Barbara and Simon We get to the root of why Helen doesn’t want to risk trying a relationship with Thomas who is self reliant Is marriage successful if we cannot live without the other; or is it best to love without needing each other? Barbara tenderly settles her Mom with dementia into a home they can trust The neighbour who used to watch Mrs Havers terrified her with a vacuum cleaner Therefore poor handling of the elderly is demonstratedI loved learning that there is a difference between “Deaf” communities capital “D” with the “deaf” handicap small “d” Where they see themselves informs their attitudes about it Is it better to resemble the norm by lip reading and speaking or to embrace non hearing culture?

  3. says:

    A very slutty deaf girl is bludgeoned to death whilst jogging near her Cambridge college Was the killer one of her lovers? Was it a misogynistic Shakespeare professor with an enormous penis? Was it her frigid Stepfordesue stepmother? Will we have to explore the artistic feud between Whistler and Ruskin and dissect much facile gibberish about art and the creative impulse before the unlikely murderer with even unlikelier motivations is revealed? Will we ponder the differences between middle aged women thickening waists broadening hips sagging breasts crows feet pear shapes barren wombs and young slim firm smelling of ripe fruit? George researches her topics diligently deaf politics art jazz writes about them somewhat less successfully; the whiff of the neophyte clings to them On balance this is an absorbing mystery with Lynley and Havers struggling with elusive Helen and demented Mum as they crimesolve

  4. says:

    Wow I really really liked this one a lot I have to say that George did a masterful job of peeling off the layers of who murdered Elena Weaver as well as how Lynley has been selfish in his pursuit of Lady Helen We also get a great look at Havers home life now that her father has passed Havers struggles with whether she can keep having a neighbor watch her mother or finally have her mother at a home where she can be safe and Havers can have some sort of lifeFor the Sake of Elena has Scotland Yard called in when a young woman Elena Weaver is found murdered during her morning run Elena was a student at St Stephen's College and had some rocky times at school and with her father and their relationship When she's found murdered it ends up not only affecting her father mother and stepmother but many people who all seemed to think that they knew the real ElenaLynley volunteers to go in after Scotland Yard is reuested to oversee things Havers and she go to Cambridge Lynley happily because Lady Helen is there with her sister and he thinks once again he can make his case for her to love and be with him Lynley and Havers work together very well in this one and their dynamic is solidLynley is solid in this one He is still thinking of Helen but not to the detriment of the case He and Havers play off each other very well And then Lynley sees a way to see Helen and involve her sister in the case which at first I was kind of rolling my eyes about However we come to realize why Helen's sister Pen is a good woman to have involved in thisHelen is still reluctant to be with Lynley Living with her sister who is suffering from post partum but also her loss of self due to her husband and his demands one does not wonder why she's reluctant to be with Lynley and be his wife I kept hoping someone would smash her brother in law's head in Havers I felt the most sorry for in this one She's doing great with not letting things that people say to her bother her She's not as fragile in this one I think However she's running out of time to decide what to do with her mother Hopefully in the next book that's laid to rest The secondary characters we follow Sarah Gordon who finds Elena's body Elena's father who is hoping to be named Chair at the college her stepmother Justine who resents Elena and a lot of other things in her marriage Elena's embittered mother several men who loved and were in turns frustrated with her I think that it was good to get a sense of Elena at the beginning and to see why she was pretty much a chameleon with everyone she met She was always something else depending on the audience I don't want to spoil for other readers but I definitely wonder what would have happened if Elena had livedThe writing was very good I do think that the flow was slow at times I wondered why we spent time with certain characters it becomes clear after a while though why we didThe setting of the college is a bit different than the boy's school we saw in Well Schooled in Murder This place doesn't seem dark and full of secretsThe ending was definitely a surprise We find out who killed Elena and why We also finally hopefully get an end to that whole thing with Lady Helen one way or the other It has distracted from the main mysteries for me

  5. says:

    Another well written murder mystery even if the motive revealed at the end is fraught with melodrama At first I was indignant certain the author had cheated me but after re reading an earlier chapter I bet every reader will go back and revisit this chapter I acknowledged an acceptable bit of clevernessThe book is rather depressing as it's full of people making themselves unhappy for various reasons It's especially cynical about love and marriage even as Lynley desperately pursues Helen Meanwhile Havers is dealing with her mother's rapid descent into dementiaI'm getting a little tired of the author's fixation on the bodies of middle aged women who have let themselves go We hear all about their crow's feet thickening waists drooping breasts and sagging flesh while their middle aged husbands seem to be merely burdened with lined faces and greying hairThis is the first of these books where I can plainly see the value of value of Lynley's partnership with Havers Until now it has seemed to me that Lynley did most of the sleuthing while Havers' contribution was limited to mundane footwork But here we have Lynley consciously weighing his instincts against the observations he knows that Havers will make even before he speaks to her There's also some lighthearted banter between them and Havers isn't uite as caustic

  6. says:

    The plot is thus Elena Weaver a student of English at Cambridge gets her face smashed in while out for her morning run Scotland Yard is called in because of blah blah plot contrivance blah Anyway Elena was deaf and this is a MAJOR DEAL TO LIKE EVERYONE SHE KNEW Her parents wouldn’t let her learn how to sign until she was in her teens because they wanted her to live a “normal” life her friend from the campus Deaf Student Group gave her shit because she didn’t embrace Deaf culture as whole heartedly as he thought she should have everyone always referred to her as “that little deaf girl” etc Basically the poor kid couldn’t get a moment’s peace about it Also apparently the British have never met Political Correctness and would not give it tea and sandwiches if they hadAs to why someone would want to kill Elena–well Her stepmom hated her for being the center of her father’s life her friend from the student group had plenty of reasons to be displeased with her none of which I shall reveal here because they’re spoilery she was pregnant she was having an affair with a married guy she’d accused a Swede of sexual harassmentyou get the point She might as well have had a giant “KILL ME ALREADY” sign taped to her backNow I think this book failed on two levels first and most importantly to the craftspeople among you it fails because George fucking cheats You get the murderer’s POV uite early on without knowing that they’re the murderer and when the big reveal comes and you go back and reread that initial section? Yeah it doesn’t make any goddamn sense Those are not the thoughts of someone who has just bludgeoned a young woman to death; they’re not even the carefully edited thoughts of a person who has just committed murder I’m all for unreliable narrators but that bald faced lying shit only works in the first person–George was writing in third person limited She was essentially tapping into this character’s stream of consciousness and the level of denial that would have had to be present for that person to think that way was just NOT characteristic of their later thoughts and actions Sloppy George EXTREMELY SLOPPYSo it fails plot wise and it’s also horribly ableist not to mention homophobic Basically Elena’s parents spent her entire life thinking that she was somehow lesser for having been born deaf–I’m not complaining about that because unfortunately that does happen I am complaining about the fact that at one point her dad goes off on a rant about why couldn’t she just be NORMAL and George essentially says that there’s no crime in feeling that way that the only crime is in running from itNOW HOLD UPNo it isn’t a crime to feel that way because all of society is TELLING you to feel that way and people are only human But “the only crime” being “running away from it”? Bullshit BULLSHIT The crime is holding onto those feelings and making your daughter pay for them by not letting her learn sign language until outside authorities force you to The crime is in making her suffer so that you can feel “normal” Because when it comes right down to it you don’t care about her and whether she’s fitting in–you care about the fact that by not fitting in she’s making you stick outdeep breath Okay MOVING ONGeorge also tried to tackle the desire of people in marginalized groups to belong completely to larger society and of course she screwed the pooch on that one too Her portrayal of marginalized people who have rejected mainstream culture in favor of their own is stereotyped in the extreme; she has some sympathy for the Deaf Student club member who was friends with Elena but when she briefly touches on lesbianism in a side plot? Oh holy heaven The “good” lesbian is the girl who feels bad about hurting her parents by coming out and who fantasizes about having a heterosexual relationship; the “bad” lesbian manipulates her girlfriend into coming out by using sex refuses to let her girlfriend give information to the police because she illogically thinks it will endanger them and then runs for the hills when another student is murdered Oh and she’s the one constantly harping on gay identity and how in a few years we won’t even need men for sperm anyyeahRecommended for OH HOLY CHRIST SAVE YOURSELVES BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE RUN RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN

  7. says:

    Fifth in the Inspector Lynley detective mystery series set in modern day England and revolving around Tommy Lynley eighth Earl of Asherton and his Scotland Yard partner Barbara HaversMy TakeIt all comes down to love of one's craft love for another but mostly love for one's self and how it affects everyone around us It's a hard lesson for Tommy to absorb and one every man needs to understand And every woman must comprehend because of its truth George made a comment about love being about the other person The interaction between Pen and Harry strongly points this up and gives Tommy the edge the next time he talks with HelenA closely related topic since it is a part of self love is how the actions of a parent influence their child's behaviors I wonder how differently the story would have turned out if mama had been less self absorbed? Elena's mother has a chip on her shoulder that's so big I'm surprised she hasn't opened up a lumber store of her own Then there's the rigid and extremely careful stepmother; the honored artist who has lost her creativity; and all the men with whom Elena is involved I wonder if her mother ever realizes how much influence she had on her daughter and her daughter's actions?One of my pet peeves is also expounded in For the Sake of Elena the interpretation of an artist's work by well for lack of a better word a non participant One of the suspects is a teacher at the University who has his own interpretation of why Shakespeare wrote as he did Oh please What does anyone but the original creator know about why she created the playnovelart as they did? I have no objection to interpreting what you think their reasons were but do not propound that this is the absolute truth of its creationI just love George's Inspector Lynley series She sets our expectations on their our? heads and she writes so intelligently I just picked up the next in the series Missing Joseph 6 and I can't wait to start readingThe StoryA vibrant young life is brutally taken and Cambridge University reuires Scotland Yard take over the investigation The father a history professor and candidate for the Penford Chair is devastated for the loss of the daughter Elena he's finally getting to know and for the overwhelming sense of guilt he feels for leaving her so many years ago little realizing he is the catalystTrue to form George provides so many clues that I got dizzy in the reading There were so many possible suspects and reasons for offing Elena It's fascinating to read through the investigation as we dive further into the reality of the individualThe CharactersTommy Lynley eighth Earl of Asherton and a detective inspector for Scotland Yard volunteers for the case partly because Lady Helen is helping her sister who just happens to live outside Cambridge It's been months since he proposed and she shot him down Months that he's spent trying to give up the hope of them as a couple Barbara Havers Tommy's partner at Scotland Yard has her own cross to bear one arm of which is her inbred hatred for the upper classes with the other arm a mother sinking fast into dementiaLady Helen plays an important role along with her sister Pen Simon St James makes a very brief appearance; no sign of DeborahOne of the minor characters is Miranda Webberly a jazz musician and student at Cambridge who just happens to be Tommy's boss' daughterand an excellent observer A side plot involving a young couple bucking the expectations of society provides further illumination on loveAn important pair of characters is Pen and Harry Lady Helen's sister and brother in law The couple are at a crisis point in their marriage and its their interactions which drive the main theme in For the Sake of Elena Love

  8. says:

    For a long time I really liked Elizabeth George but eventually her plots became taxing than I was willing to readkind of bizarre This one was the first I ever read and I really liked it; this time much less so It can be uite inevitable that some American writes writing about England or the UK make some glaring errors that constantly irritate and this is oneThe issue of 'upper class' titles is one that always seems to cause confusion; throughout the series Helen is inevitably referred to as 'Lady Helen' which is her own hereditary title However she would not be referred to as that especially among her peers; she should have just been 'Helen' Conversely her sister is never referred to as 'Lady' when she has an eual right to be so so the author is inconsistent and there is my irritation Using the title also functions to distance Helen and make her into a stereotypeAnd stereotypes are all over the place; the common working class girl Tommy the landed aristocrat who works for the police slightly need to stretch to believe in that one everyone in fact becomes a stereotype of what the author expects him or her to be Not always a bad thing but can be annoying The lesbian couple where one half is a drama ueen and the other is pushed around by that The 'grown ups' in the piece behave alarmingly badly and provide stereotypes of their ownOn the plus side the issue of deafness is fairly well dealt with; there are 'deaf' people have a disability and 'Deaf' people who have embraced their deafness and don't try to hide it This is a real issue from my having worked in that community Elena is presented as caught between the two and is a deaf girl who is proficient at hiding it whereas her parents are almost embarrassed by her deficiency Thus she feels angry and wants to punish them for the perceived rejection doing this by promiscuity It is suggested she is using this as a way of saying 'look at me I am well accepted here just like a hearing girl' The father his 3 women and his driving ambition leads him to losing his daughter as a revenge for something he destroyed for one of them there is some discussion about whether that loss is similar to him losing his child uite appropriate but the events seemed a little barmy and the eventual perpetrator had clearly lost some part of her mind None of the father or the 3 women came across as at all likeable Elena dead though she was did incite some compassion and seemed a fairly whole person unlike pretty much everyone elseThese books are mainly readable but I have lost faith in the writer

  9. says:

    #5 in the Lynley Havers SeriesElizabeth George does it again A bunch of mini stories rolled up into one Elena is murdered Lynley and Havers are brought in to investigate bringing in personal problems of their own Helen is in Cambridge helping her sister Penelope take care of her kids Lynley is trying to win Helen over Havers is desperately trying not to feel guilty about having to put her mom in a home and she is doing everything she can to delay it George does a wonderful job giving us lessons on marriage and family We learn that most men want a wife who will give all of herself so they don’t have to Very interestingvery true I really enjoy the way George writes You get tossed into a soap opera Solving the murder is always the main focus but George does a great job developing various characters through out the story

  10. says:

    Waiting till after buddy read to rate

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