Elizabeth George is the the American author who’s been called “a master of the English mystery”. She was born in Warren, Ohio in1949.
The London Times recently ranked George with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie on its all-time best “masters of crime” list.
She’s the author of the Inspector Lynley series featuring a Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Thomas Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, his crime-solving partner.
Elizabeth George was originally a high school English teacher. She was selected Orange County Teacher of the Year, a tribute in part to the work she’d done with remedial students for nearly a decade.
She left education after thirteen and a half years when she sold her first novel, A Great Deliverance, to her longtime publisher Bantam Books.
She has won the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and France’s Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere for her novel A Great Deliverance, for which she was also nominated for the Edgar and the Macavity Awards. She has also been awarded Germany’s MIMI for her novel Well-Schooled in Murder.
Most of her novels have been filmed by for television by the BBC and have been broadcast in the US on PBS’s Mystery.