|Born in Warren, Ohio, Elizabeth George graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a B.A. in English. Having received a master's degree in counseling from the California State University at Fullerton, George went on to teach in high schools, and then in colleges after her first book, "A Great Deliverance", was published in 1988. Though born and raised in America, she is best known for the mysteries she sets in England. Her novels featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers follow the classic form of the British cozy mystery, updated with a broader depiction of violence and a deeper concern with her characters' emotional maturation. Tracing her investigators' lives from one novel to the next, George writes patiently, carefully crafting the inner motivations of both her criminals and her investigators. Her heroes often suffer from a physical disability or deformity, a metaphor for their psychological and emotional wounds.