Author Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George has been called "a master of the English mystery" (New York Times), a remarkable accolade for an Ohio-born, California-raised American writer.
A graduate of the University of California at Riverside and California State University at Fullerton, she began her career as a high school English teacher. During her more than thirteen-year tenure in public education, she was named Orange County Teacher of the Year. After publishing her first novel, A Great Deliverance, she continued to teach at the community college level. She has since taught courses in writing at several colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada and in the UK.
In her internationally best-selling novels, George has followed in the literary footsteps of such Golden Age writers as Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie, while bringing her own modern sensibility to dark, psychologically rich tales of crime and detection. Her beloved series characters -- Inspector Thomas Lynley, a to-the-manor-born Scotland Yard detective, and his working class sergeant, Barbara Havers -- have entered the pantheon of fictional crime-solving teams.
Consistent bestsellers, Elizabeth George's books always garner wide critical praise. The Wall Street Journal says, "George can do it all, with style to spare," and Entertainment Weekly says, "The Lynley books constitute the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published." George's awards include the Anthony, the Agatha, the Grand Prix de la littérature Policière, and the prestigious German prize, the MIMI. She is one of only two American writers (the other is Tony Hillerman) whose novels have been adapted for MYSTERY!
George's latest Lynley and Havers novel is What Came Before He Shot Her (HarperCollins, New York, October 2006).
Author Elizabeth George answered questions about her latest Inspector Lynley mystery, With No One As Witness on Monday, June 27, 2005. Read the transcript at Washingtonpost.com Live Online.