Elizabeth George goes well beyond the genre of crime fiction with her latest, A Traitor to Memory. Though there are victims, murderers and detectives, like the very appealing, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Linley and his longtime partners Havers and Nkata, it's the carefully wrought story line and the fully fleshed-out characters that make George a master of the British mystery. A woman is deliberately run over in a quiet part of London, and a young violin virtuoso suddenly loses his ability to play. These two occurrences at first seem to have no relevance to each other, but as Linley and Co. investigate, the pieces of an intricate and tragic family history slowly fall into place and the truth gradually comes to light. Simon Jones, always an eloquent reader, gives a nicely nuanced performance.

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