Elizabeth George

(* 1949)

Elizabeth GeorgeBiographical Sketch

Susan Elizabeth George (born Warren, OH, USA, February 26, 1949) is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Her first novel, A Great Deliverance, won the Agatha Award for “Best First Novel” in 1988, the 1989 Anthony Award in the same category, and was nominated for the Edgar Award in 1988. Eleven of her novels featuring her main character, Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

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Major Awards and Honors

Agatha Awards (USA)
  • 1989: Best First Mystery Novel – “A Great Deliverance”
Anthony Awards (World Mystery Convention)
  • 1989: Best First Mystery Novel – “A Great Deliverance”
Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (France)
  • 1990: “A Great Deliverance”



The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
  • A Great Deliverance (1988)
  • Payment in Blood (1989)
  • Well-Schooled in Murder (1990)
  • A Suitable Vengeance (1991)
  • For the Sake of Elena (1992)
  • Missing Joseph (1992)
  • Playing for the Ashes (1993)
  • In the Presence of the Enemy (1996)
  • Deception on His Mind (1997)
  • In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (1999)
  • A Traitor to Memory (2001)
  • A Place of Hiding (2003)
    – Spin-off chiefly focusing on Deborah and Simon St. James.
  • With No One as Witness (2005)
  • What Came Before He Shot Her (2006)
    – Spin-off of With No One as Witness.
  • Careless in Red (2008)
  • This Body of Death (2010)
  • Believing The Lie (2012)
  • Just One Evil Act (2013)
  • A Banquet of Consequences (2015)
  • The Punishment She Deserves (2018)
  • Something to Hide (2022)
The Edge of Nowhere
  • The Edge of Nowhere: Saratoga Woods (2012)
    (The Edge of Nowhere: The Dog House)
  • The Edge of the Water (2013)
  • The Edge of the Shadows (2016)
  • The Edge of the Light (2016)
Short Story Collections
  • The Evidence Exposed (2001)
  • I, Richard (2002)
  • A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (2004)
    – Editor.
  • Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life (2004)
  • Mastering the Process: from Idea to Novel (2020)


A Favorite Quote

A Suitable Vengeance

“She thought about how it was so simple with animals. They gave their hearts without question or fear. They had no expectations. They were so easy to love. If people could only be like that, no one would ever be hurt, she thought. No one would ever need to learn how to forgive.”

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