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Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are forced to confront the past as they try to solve a crime that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of a quiet, historic medieval town in England
The cozy, bucolic town of Ludlow is stunned when one of its most revered and respected citizens--Ian Druitt, the local deacon--is accused of a serious crime. Then, while in police custody, Ian is found dead. Did he kill himself? Or was he murdered?
When Barbara Havers is sent to Ludlow to investigate the chain of events that led to Ian's death, all the evidence points to suicide. But Barbara can't shake the feeling that she's missing something. She decides to take a closer look at the seemingly ordinary inhabitants of Ludlow--mainly elderly retirees and college students--and discovers that almost everyone in town has something to hide.
A masterful work of suspense, The Punishment She Deserves sets Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Inspector Thomas Lynley against one of their most intricate cases. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from Elizabeth George's previous novels who join Lynley and Havers, and readers new to the series will quickly see why she is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time. Both a page-turner and a deeply complex story about the lies we tell, the lies we believe, and the redemption we need, this novel will be remembered as one of George's best.
Bestseller George's stunning 20th Thomas Lynley novel (after 2015's A Banquet of Consequences) finds the detective inspector running things at New Scotland Yard in London while his partner, Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers, and his boss, Det. Chief Supt. Isabelle Ardery, investigate allegations of police malfeasance in Ludlow, England. Six weeks earlier, community support officer Gary Ruddock arrested Ian Druitt on suspicion of child molestation. Ruddock then brought Druitt to the unmanned Ludlow police station, where Druitt hanged himself. The Independent Police Complaints Commission cleared Ruddock of criminal wrongdoing, but Druitt's influential father wants a second opinion or he'll sue. To Ardery, the review is a formality; Havers, however, believes that Druitt was murdered and asks to reopen the case. When Ardery refuses, Havers consults Lynley, who can't resist getting involved. George tackles a number of emotionally charged social issues with sensitivity and grace. Exquisitely rendered characters and a powerful sense of place enhance the meticulously crafted mystery, which satisfies as a standalone while furthering the series arc. Author tour.
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Excellent Elizabeth George!
I’ve only just started reading her work, on recommendation of my daughter, and this is by far, her best. The flow is easy, the evidence is precise, and I felt as though I were coming to realizations along with Lynsey and Havers. Her characters are so well developed that you completely understand and admit that their faults as some of your own. She describes young people and their actions appropriately, and older people as they should and do, think and act, which is very seldom appropriate, even with maturity. Even though this is part of a series it stands well as a read-alone. If you’ve never read her books, this is a great one to start with!
British Mystery Writing at its Best
I First became acquainted with Elizabeth George’s Lynley mysteries well over a decade ago. I was instantly hooked into the Lynley-verse George has woven with such skill and literary prowess.
So impressed was I by these literary gems that, when it came time for me to legally change my name (I am in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and was cursed with a rather unfortunate surname) I chose the surname Lynley. Thomas Lynley feels like the sort of brother I would have loved to have had, had I a brother. Furthermore, he is the sort of person I aspire to be, including the vintage Healey Elliot.
Though this may seem odd or even obsessive, I chose my moniker from the Lynley mysteries because, minus the murder and general mayhem, so many of the underpinnings plots, subplots, and characters seem to mirror certain events/environs in or surrounding my life as each subsequent novel has been released (yes, I lead a rather colourful life whenever possible!). This novel is no exception.
This most recent Lynley mystery is a most satisfying page-turner and has kept me awake far past my bedtime for the past week but the insomnia and cost of extra Earl Grey tea to get me started in the morning are well worth it. I recommend these novels to anyone who enjoys the delicious combination of complex, though plausible, intrigue coupled with breath-taking literary dexterity.
Elizabeth George is truly one of the greatest living writers and we should all support great writing.
Ungodly amount of characters to keep track of
Layers of police and extraneous characters that are difficult to recall why I should be interested in them. Had some good twists but could have been even better with some editing here and there as it was quite a long read and I found myself skimming through superfluous details.