The Punishment She Deserves

The Punishment She Deserves

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When a Member of Parliament shows up at New Scotland Yard requesting an investigation into the suicide of the son of one of his constituents in the beautiful town of Ludlow, the Assistant Commissioner sees two opportunities in this request: the first is to have an MP owing him a favour, and the second is to get rid of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, whose career at the Met has been hanging by a thread for quite some time. So he assigns Havers to the case and for good measure partners her with the one person who shares his wish to see the back of her, Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery. But Ardery has her own difficulties. She is not happy to be sent away from London and as a result is in a rush to return. This causes her to overlook things, important things, and prevents her from uncovering an earlier crime that set everything in motion.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525954347
0525954341
Characteristics: 692 pages ; 25 cm

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susanmusin
Nov 05, 2018

Talented Writer needs equally talented Editor! Actual Ratings: Story +4 * Blather -5 *

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 23, 2018

This is, in a way, one of the strongest books in the series. However, I do wish I'd started at the beginning keeping a list of all the characters and who they were. This is such a heavily populated book that I had a lot of trouble at first remembering who was who. At 595 pages in the paperback edition, that's not surprising. I'd more or less sorted out who was who by the end, but not entirely. This is a strong book, in spite of the dreadful behavior of some of the youth of Ludlow. Yet many of them do, in the end, think things through and change by the end. Even some of the grownups show some signs of growing up. This is true even of many of the old standbys. I ended up cheering even for Ardery, in hopes that she'll be able to keep her promises to herself. We see some new aspects of Lynley, too, when he provides support to a young woman who's never gotten it from any other male. He also pushes Havers to support Dorothea, who's helped her.

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brangwinn
Aug 22, 2018

Hurray for Barbara Havers and her determination to get to the bottom of a mysterious death. It may be part of the Lynley series but it is Detective Havers book. She well deserves to take center stage.

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nancybos
Aug 10, 2018

Ms. George seems to just want to fill up pages. Way too many descriptions of people, rooms, houses, gardens, ad infinitum, but not much in the way of good dialogue. Nowhere near the quality of her earlier novels. Slogged through 200 pages but then gave up and wasn't even interested enough to skip to the final chapters or two to see "whodunit". A disappointment.

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marcom_pro
Aug 07, 2018

Loved how Ms George referenced our local car wash in this novel. Overall I enjoyed the book despite the length. Doubling the investigation certainly added to the verbage but provided many of the clues subsequently utilized in the solution. Sargeant Havers with her dogged approach once again was key to the unravelling of this crime.

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dirtbag
Aug 05, 2018

Way too long and very dull. Maybe the Lynley series has gone as far as it can as entertainment.

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maryherman57
Jul 26, 2018

I agree with those who say the story is worth reading - all 700 pages. George is at her best in this mystery though, admittedly, it's because she spends much ink on Barbara Havers. She's a wonderful, richly complex and complete character that deserves the attention of author and readers. Good story.

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LindaMarion
Jul 09, 2018

was a long read - 700 pages but worth it. have read all Elizabeth George's books. Will read her next book of course. i love to sit down and read Elizabeth George. She's a great writer!!!

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QueenReader578
Jun 21, 2018

Another FANTASTIC Elizabeth George novel! I couldn't put this one down and it's one of my favorites in the Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers series.

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workhorse6491
Jun 18, 2018

My first George novel; long but I quite enjoyed it. The "mutt and jeff" police heroes are great partners. In southwest England, there's serious, serious mischief afoot: of course the bureaucracy, insularity, bad roads and hubris stand in the way of solving multiple miscarriages of justice in the small college town. All the characters get their fair share of character development amongst all the tea breaks. Were I you I'd hop on the bandwagon with Lynnly and Havers.

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dorothy_esau
Apr 02, 2018

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reeread
Jul 19, 2018

“Thomas Lynley knew more than anyone ever gave him credit for, and what he knew better than anything else was the nature of her struggle and she knew he knew this for the simple reason that he never mentioned it, ever, even now. He spared her that. He had always done so.”

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