|Born||Susan Elizabeth George|
February 26, 1949
Warren, Ohio, U.S.
Bachelor of Arts
Counseling and psychology
Master's of Education
|Alma mater||University of California, Riverside|
|Genre||Mystery fiction, detective fiction|
|Spouse||Ira Jay Toibin (1971, divorced 1995)|
She is best known for a series of novels featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley, 20 in number as of 2018. The first eleven were adapted for television by the BBC as earlier episodes of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
Elizabeth George was born in Warren, Ohio, the second child of Robert Edwin and Anne (née Rivelle) George. She has an older brother, author Robert Rivelle George. Her mother was a nurse, and her father a manager for a conveyor company. The family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was 18 months old as her father wanted to get away from the Midwestern weather.
She was a student of English, having received a teaching certificate from the University of California, Riverside. While teaching English in the public school system, she completed a master's degree in counseling and psychology. She received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Cal State University Fullerton in 2004 and was awarded an honorary Masters in Fine Arts from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in 2010. She also established the Elizabeth George Foundation in 1997.
George married Ira Jay Toibin in 1971 and they divorced in 1995. George is currently married to Tom McCabe.
Her first published novel was A Great Deliverance (1988). It introduces Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, in private life the Earl of Asherton, privately educated (Eton College and Oxford University); his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grammar school educated and from a working-class background--both from Scotland Yard; Lady Helen Clyde, Lynley's girlfriend and later wife; and Lynley's former school friend, the forensic scientist Simon St. James and his wife, Deborah.
George's first novel, A Great Deliverance, was favorably received by the mystery fiction community.
As if a grammar school background and a working-class accent were social diseases that might infect him