The Punishment She Deserves

The Punishment She Deserves

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Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780525954347
Characteristics: 692 pages ;,25 cm.


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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.

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.

Aug 05, 2018

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

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.

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!!!

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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Apr 02, 2018

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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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