The Punishment She Deserves

The Punishment She Deserves

Large Print - 2018
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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: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Company, ©2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432848088
Characteristics: 935 pages ;,23 cm.


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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.

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.

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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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