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: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432848088
Branch Call Number: LP MF GEORGE
Characteristics: 935 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


“More” is not always better. I say this in reference to the length of this latest Inspector Lynley novel which clocks in at 690 pages. I found it often tedious and repetitive, bogged down with the ongoing “bedroom olympics” amongst a group of teens.

DS Barbara Havers is paired up with DCS Isabelle Ardery as they are sent to the small, quiet town of Ludlow to investigate a death-in custody. Their “pairing” isn’t simply to look at the events leading up to this death, but a deliberate attempt to sabotage Barbara into using her “creative initiative” once again, which will inevitably lead to her transfer to another jurisdiction – something that Ardery has been working towards for a very long time. Meanwhile, Ardery is fighting her own demons and they get in the way of a proper investigation.

Call it what you will, but Barbara’s “creative initiative” discovers a web of mis-direction, lies, and obfuscation. With Lynley by her side, they are able to slowly create a timeline of events which paints a clear picture of what actually happened.

This novel is all about power and the abuse of power. My one question is: who in the story is the “she” in the title? For I don’t believe that any of the female characters “deserve” punishment.

Jul 04, 2019

I know many people love Elizabeth George, but I find her very contrived and boring. A Californian writer pretending to be British is just a little too much for me. The way she throws around the English "lingo" is laughable, and not in a good way.

Mar 06, 2019

Really one of the very best of the series.

Feb 05, 2019

Couldn't wait for this book and, as usual for this series, I had a hard time to put it down... so I would say it is very good in comparison to other books in this genre; however, compared to other books in this series which I love, I feel that it was just 'good'. I love that it had Barbara and Tommy back together solving a crime (after Ardery failed to solve it and Tommy went behind her back to support Havers) and I also love that Ardery was not in control (her alcoholism is finally out).... but I did find the story quite convoluted in the first third or so and I do think it could have been shorter (some young kids at uni are mixed up in apparent suicide of a deacon who seems too good to be true... he was counsellor as well). I think that there is a fair bit of extranneous writing and many many characters that would be better edited out to make the plot line tighter. But then, I've never tried to write a novel and, trust me, I'll be first in line for George's next novel ... so it is certainly worth reading and a must read for Lynley / Havers fans.

JCLAmandaW Dec 10, 2018

I thought the story was engaging although I was lost at times. The characters are written as though we know why they are beloved. After finishing this book I discovered that this is actually book #20 in a series. So while I recommend this book, if you're new to the series you might want to start with book #1 - A Great Deliverance.

Nov 05, 2018

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

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.

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.

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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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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