Inspector Thomas Lynley is a character featured in a series of mystery novels by American author Elizabeth George. Inspector Lynley is the 8th Earl of Asherton. Lynley and his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers are with Scotland Yard. Several of the Inspector Lynley novels have been adapted for the BBC series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

The Inspector Lynley book series began in 1988 with A Great Deliverance. Below is the order of Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley books in order of when they were originally released (as well as in chronological order):

Publication Order of Inspector Lynley Books


A Great Deliverance(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Payment in Blood(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Well-Schooled in Murder(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Suitable Vengeance(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
For the Sake of Elena(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Missing Joseph(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Playing for the Ashes(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Presence of the Enemy(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deception on His Mind(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Traitor to Memory(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Place of Hiding(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
With No One as Witness(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What Came Before He Shot Her(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Careless in Red(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This Body of Death(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Believing the Lie(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Just One Evil Act(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Banquet of Consequences(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Inspector Lynley Books

When reading the Inspector Lynley series in chronological order, A Suitable Vengeance should be read prior to A Great Deliverance.

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  • john hoffman

    Unless I’m missing something, “A Suitable Vengeance” is chronologically prior to all the other novels in the series, despite being the fourth published.

    • Brandon

      You’re right. Thank you!

  • puzzled

    Which book did Havers fire a gun at a senior officer.

  • barbarap

    As others noted, this is not in order. I just started the series and finished with Well Schooled Murder. Opened Suitable Vengeance and went back a few books.