“George’s mystery unfolds with great psychological depth, finely drawn characters and gorgeous portraits of the English countryside. . . . [George] is an essential writer of popular fiction today.” —The Washington Post
The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s award-winning series returns with another stunning crime drama featuring Scotland Yard members Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Look out for Elizabeth George’s newest novel, The Punishment She Deserves.
The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George’s newest novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.
The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind who will have to deal with its unintended consequences—could there be a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?
After various issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter gives her a connection to the unsolved Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime, knowing one mistake could mean the end of her career.
Full of shocks, intensity, and suspense from the first page to the last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under mounting pressure to solve a case both complicated and deeply disturbing.
A threatened transfer to the north of England subdues Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers of London's Metropolitan Police in bestseller George's uneven 19th Lynley novel (after 2013's Just One Evil Act). Barbara's investigation of the murder of feminist writer Clare Abbott leads her to the writer's personal assistant, Caroline Goldacre, a middle-aged busybody who verbally abused and threatened Clare. The author sensitively depicts Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley, Barbara's partner, as he puts his own job on the line to help her. Barbara's secretary's efforts to send her on dates provide some comic relief. Unfortunately, the novel becomes bogged down exploring Caroline's extensive family problems divorce, adultery, child abuse, marital squabbles to the point where readers may begin to worry they have stumbled by mistake into a sprawling family saga. Both the detectives and the mystery recede into the background in an entry that may try the patience of even the most dedicated series fans. Six-city author tour.
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A Banquet of consequences
I enjoyed this book tremendously. I resented the fact that I couldn’t keep reading. Elizabeth George is one of my favorite authors.
Back in the saddle
I did enjoy this book. I have read almost all of the author's Lynley novels. It wasn't the best. But it was better with the reduced role of the detective superintendent. I will look forward to the author's next Lynley novel
A Banquet of Consequences
I enjoyed the book and the development of the characters. I was rather overwhelmed at the end by the gruesomeness of Caroline. I was left wondering if Charlie's quilt would ever be discovered and also if his life could really become healthy. I was disappointed in India's decision.
I am still wondering how Charles or any one could manipulate the poison to get it into the toothpaste without being poisoned themselves.
Looking forward to the next book.