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For the Sake of Elena 

When the deaf daughter of a Cambridge professor is found brutally murdered while jogging, Lynley finds she has led a promiscuous lifestyle.


Richard Laxton


Elizabeth George (novel), Valerie Windsor (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Baker Samantha Baker ... Elena Weaver
Cherie Lunghi ... Sarah Gordon
Nathaniel Parker ... Thomas Lynley
Sharon Small ... Barbara Havers
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Philip Weaver
James Hillier ... Adam Jenn
June Watson ... Mrs Havers
Shaun Prendergast ... Sheehan
Elizabeth Kelly Elizabeth Kelly ... Mrs G
Joanna Brookes Joanna Brookes ... Edwina
Richard Syms ... College Porter
Will Knightley Will Knightley ... Troughton
Selina Cadell ... Glynn Weaver
Sophie Ward ... Justine Weaver
Katie Blake ... Mel


When the daughter of a Cambridge professor is brutally killed while out jogging, Lynley and Havers are assigned to the case. The young woman was deaf and on the evidence, it appears the attack was deliberate. There are any number of suspects: the girl's father is divorced, re-married to a much younger woman who suspects him of having an affair; another Cambridge professor known for being a bit too friendly with students and against whom she was about to make a formal sexual harassment complaint; her ex-boyfriend, with whom she had recently broken up; a student advisor who was very attracted to her, but in whom she had little interest. While in Cambridge, Lynley takes the opportunity to get in touch with Helen Clyde who is staying locally with her sister. At home, Havers continues to deal with the effects of her mother's Alzheimer's disease and the need to provide ever more care. Written by garykmcd

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Troughton: I'm not stupid! I don't have affairs with my students... even when they offer themselves to me, which they do with tedious frequency.
Barbara Havers: [Contemptuously] Poor deluded little beggers!
Troughton: [Nastily] Or uptight little virgins.
[Havers appeared shocked by what he says]
Troughton: I can spot one a mile off!
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Followed by The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Missing Joseph (2002) See more »

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23 June 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"For the Sake of Elena" is one of the early Inspector Lynley mysteries, and I liked it. It's hard not to like something when you're looking at Nathaniel Parker, for one thing. For another, I didn't read the book.

A young woman jogger is found dead, and Lynley (Parker) and Havers(Sharon Small) are on the scene investigating. The murdered woman was completely deaf. Her father, a Cambridge professor (Tim Piggott-Smith) is devastated, as is her mother (Selena Cadell). Divorced from her husband, she is both devastated and bitter about the fact that her ex-husband remarried the elegant Justine (Sophie Ward).

As Lynley and Havers go further into the investigation, they find plenty of suspects: a professor at the school whom the victim was reporting for sexual harassment; an ambitious young man whom she rejected; her tutor; and possibly a few others. Elena Weaver loved to party, loved to "shag" and didn't take any of it as seriously as some of her partners.

Secrets are unraveled while the two detectives sort out their personal lives: Parker is trying to work out things with Helen (Lesley Vickerage) - frankly, I think he can do better; and Havers has to make a decision regarding her demented mother.

All in all, very absorbing.

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