My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was an engrossing mystery. I’m enjoying learning more of the complexities of Detective Inspector Lynley’s and Sergeant Barbara Havers inner selves and their external talents in this 3rd Inspector Lynley novel. Elizabeth George does not shy away from the hard topics; in Well-Schooled in Murder she touches on the murder and torture of a child, pedophilia, abortion, spousal abuse, treachery, teenage pregnancy, and the secret honor/curse to be found at boarding school. The tale spins in myriad directions and one sees how any number of characters introduced in the story could have “dunnit.” But, George ties up all the loose ends nicely (no pun intended, unfortunately, as you will see toward the end of the mystery) and what is left is a well-considered, well-crafted, entirely satisfying, enigma-to-the-end, read.