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Something to Hide: Lynley #21    by Elizabeth George order for
Something to Hide
by Elizabeth George
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Viking, 2022 (2022)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Elizabeth George's Something to Hide follows The Punishment She Deserves as the twenty-first in her appealing and very popular police procedural series starring New Scotland Yard Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Other officers have come to share center stage with Lynley and Havers. DS Winston Nkata plays a strong part in this episode as well, as does Lynley's good friend Deborah St. James. Indeed as this story opens, Deborah is asked to take on a challenging project that soon pulls her into the heart of the mystery.

Readers meet Tanimola Bankole, whose immigrant father Abeo has high expectations of him, including that he should wed a chosen Nigerian girl. So Tani will not tell him about his relationship with gorgeous Sophie Franklin. Abeo also has plans for Tani's younger sister Simisola to have a genital mutilation operation illegal in the U.K..

DS Mark Phinney and his wife Pietra have it hard as they spend a great deal of their time caring for their severely disabled daughter Lilybet. Mark is having an affair with a subordinate. Lynley gets involved after the death Phinney's lover. She'd been investigating female genital mutilation.

The author weaves all these stories together into a puzzler of an investigation that's as hard to solve for the reader as for the police. There are quite a few characters (and their lives) to follow, making it rather a tome. However, I enjoy spending time in Lynley's world and followed the tale to its very surprising conclusion.

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