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
9780698411654
Branch Call Number: MYS George, E 100.20 2018
Characteristics: 692 pages ; 25 cm

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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.

AuntJane Jun 05, 2018

GREAT addition to the series! I read it while on vacation so could enjoy the long read. I reread the last chapter to really soak in the Havers part. Brilliant!

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cscarba
Jun 01, 2018

I absolutely loved this book, as I love all of George's Inspector Lynley novels! It's a commitment, though, nearly 700 pages, but worth it.

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talk2terih
May 27, 2018

Don't make the mistake of thinking this is just another British crime procedural. It is that, of course, but there us so much more here. The "She" in the title is, in reality, many she's - mothers, daughters, grandmothers, friends, wives, nuclear and extended families. All of them are in trouble or at risk or simply dysfunctional in some part of their life roles, and in the end, punishments are meted out to those who deserve them, while second chances are granted to others.

This is indeed a lengthy book, but I found that it moved along rapidly and kept my interest throughout. It was difficult to put down.

Definitely recommended.

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dorothy_esau
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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