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It does not fall short, excellent
jenfitz6259 January 2005
"Deception On His Mind" is perhaps the best Lynley episode yet, along with "A Suitable Vengeance". Simply put, this series is fabulous. The subject matters are bold and the casting is remarkable, every episode. I have fallen in love with Lynley and Havers on-screen. Actors Parker and Small (and in this episode, TJ Ramini, Emily Joyce, Demelza Randall, and Anjali Jay) are stand-outs. In regards to the other commenter's remarks: Of course the novels are going to offer more exposition and plot detail. The novels are 500-700 pages long, and the show is 90 minutes. The creators extract and dramatize the paramount key points from George's work, and the impeccable production quality certainly overrides any concern about small details that George fans might feel are missing. The element of suspense is sharply maintained. This is a fantastic BBC production.
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Great ending to the second season
blanche-224 December 2012
When a man is found dead on the beach of Balford-le-nez, Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) offers to go there, since she has time off, and help out a friend investigating the murder. The victim is Hatham Kureshi, engaged to Shala Malik (Anjali Jay), whose father is a Pakistani businessman. It was an arranged marriage, and, in fact, Shala is pregnant by someone else, though she cannot tell her family.

Havers meets the family: Shala's brother Muneer (T.J. Ramini) is resentful that the victim was to take over the family business and not him, and that's why the marriage was arranged. A female friend of Shala's is pressuring her to take an apartment with her, and a young man in love with Shala is upset about the impending marriage. When it's learned that Hatham was gay and probably on the beach to meet a boyfriend, the situation really heats up. Due to a problem in the family of Lynley's new wife, Helen, Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) joins her in the investigation, back early from his honeymoon.

This is a very good episode and ends the second season with a real bang. The end scenes on the water are very tense.

Love the relationship between Lynley and Havers, and in this episode at least, Lynley doesn't lose his temper at her. Havers proves herself smart and determined to do the right thing, even if it means being reckless.

Really good, with everyone in top form.
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Maybe the worst one of the series
chengiz23 August 2014
I am a fan of the series but this one falls way short. Firstly, Havers's character in this is completely wrong. She is too diffident, too easily ruffled, too quickly taken to task (by Lynley as well as Barlow). And just how are we supposed to believe she is interested in someone who talks derogatorily of English women? It does not make any sense. Further, without giving any spoilers, there are unnecessary changes made to the narrative structure which not only violate "if it ain't broken don't fix it" but also stretch the viewer's credulity. In a similar vein, the action sequence at the end does not belong at all in the series. Even the directorial touch is wrong with the constant closeups of faces. It's as if they thought let's do one about the Pakistani community and the hell with everything else. Despite the pretty decent plot, this episode just does not belong in the Lynley canon.
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Balford le nez
Parker Lewis15 December 2016
Warning: Spoilers
I'm a huge fan of Inspector Lynley, and for some reason I like it when the crime-fighting duo head off to track the murderer along the UK seaside or some lonely isolated place where everyone knows everyone if you know what I mean.

Here Lynley and Havers find themselves at the fictional Balford le nez, to solve the murder of a guy found dead near the beach. At first it's Havers solo, with Lynley on his honeymoon in Mexico, and we wish Lynley well on his marriage. And then Lynley turns up to surprise Havers where she's having breakfast at a B&B with her neighbor, who happens to be there. Lynley's honeymoon was cut short because of a family crisis - Helen's sister's husband ran out on her, "leaving a pile of debts". So good to see the crime fighting duo back together.

It's a huge shame that Inspector Lynley didn't last longer than 6 series. It deserved better, and it's a shame ratings propels shows like Geordie Shore (oh dear) for a million seasons, but quality like Inspector Lynley doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
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It Falls Short
olderfanca11 October 2004
I was exposed to the Lynley series through the PBS series and was enchanted by its presentation. I decided to read the novel prior to viewing this program. This appears to have been a grave mistake. Elizabeth George's work is so thorough and rich. She builds the characters and their backgrounds with great care. This particular episode pales in comparison. Some of the casting is weak, especially the supporting cast. There appears to be little time spent (this was a bleak 90 minute episode, compared to Adam Dalgleish that go on for TWO 90 minute epys) on building these supporting characters so one could drink in their essences.

If the objective of this series is to 'replace' Inspector Morse, then it fails tremendously. The superficial approach in the main characters and their interfaces not only with each other but their paramours/friends, will keep this series from ever being at the level of the Morse series. It is a pale imitation, in my opinion. This could have been on the level of Morse (the novels indicate that this is so), but it falls short by hundreds of miles.

The fact that this particular episode deviates significantly from the main plot of the novel for the sake of cutting corners was quite disappointing. Why rush the production and skip over key points that form the characters? Other BBC productions have taken out the time, why not this one? The main characters are portrayed by good actors however; the secondary characters are weak and need beefing up.
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