The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20) by Elizabeth George

The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20)

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 EnglandThe 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 himse...

Details The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20)

TitleThe Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20)
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20)

  • Marjorie
    Ian Druitt was a respected deacon of the Church of England. When he turns up dead while in police custody due to an accusation of pedophilia, it’s up to Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery to sort out whether it was suicide or murder. She reluctantly teams up with DS Barbara Havers and they set off to historic Ludlow to investigate. Ardery is battling more demons than a possible murderer. She’s fighting with her ex-husband who is d...
  • Karin
    I have read every single one of Elizabeth George’s books. There were a few that weren’t the best and I hung on. And she didn’t disappoint! This was a long book but I was never bored. I would highly recommend!
  • Chris Conley
    Heavenly days!!! Elizabeth George is amazing. This book looked daunting when I got it as it is 690 pages!!! I wanted to feel that she could have told the story in half that but, of course, she couldn’t. We needed every bit of it to solve the crime(s), examine all the players and come to a typical Lynley/Havers conclusion. This book is tremendous.
  • Tanja Berg
    I have a long history with Elizabeth George. She is one of just two authors that I read in my teens that I still read - the other being Stephen King. The very first book I read, when I was a anxiety and zit ridden teen, was "For the Sake of Elena". I was 16 years old or so, and had been reading adult fiction for just a couple of years. That book held a wealth of codes into the grown up world. It also had a Swedish professor who swore in his nativ...
  • Laura
    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.Another good plot with...
  • Sandra
    Please note: I read this as a free e-ARC from Netgalley. As I wasn’t too enamored with Elizabeth George’s last two Lynsey novels, I started this one with trepidation. However, I should not have been concerned. I really felt like this one was one of her best installments. As it begins, Ardury and Havers are sent to Ludlow to follow up on an suicide investigation. Due to Ardury’s increasing alcohol dependency clues are missed and not followed...
  • Stephanie
    It has been too long since I read/reviewed an Elizabeth George Novel (since August, 2015, in fact, with the release of A Banquet of Consequences). Some things don’t change: as I said then, “I LOVE Elizabeth George, and have been reading the Inspector Lynley novels (or, as I prefer to call them, the Lynley-Havers novels) since the mid-1990s when introduced to them by a fellow librarian when we were stuck in an airport.”For those familiar wit...
  • Lobstergirl
    Like a mediocre muffin dotted with delicious chocolate chips were Lynley and Havers in this nearly 700 page tome. I used it for upper arm workouts during breaks from reading. There is an interminable quantity of uninteresting storyline here involving binge-drinking college students, screwing and blowjobbing college students, and an Anglo-Indian family falling apart. The Isabelle Ardery thread was surprisingly welcome. We hate her because she is a...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    The Lynley novels have never been among my favorite mysteries, but somehow I keep coming back to them. It's the lure of any series, I guess -- once you start, it's hard to stop. Still, I've missed quite a few of these, and now it looks as if I'll have to find the one where Lynley and Havers go to Italy, since that promises to figure in the next novel. As for this one, it's long, very long. 700 pages in hardcover. But oddly enough, I really didn't...
  • Beverly
    There is a compactness to this story which starts out low key and slowly gathers intensity. Adding to the nastiness uncovered in a small historic village is Isabelle Ardrey’s struggle with her own demons, one of which is Barbara Havers.
  • Tittirossa
    Parenthood & crimeIt's all about parenthood (lets it, motherhood) the new Linley&Havers book. It starts with how Ardery try to manage her offspring and the battle with poor Bob over their custody, and the results it's an hard failing. Meanwhile she's doing a good job with vodka (I lost the count of many bottles she'd drunk). And it ends with a tragedy caused by parents out of control. How the various amount of girls & boys and their relatives try...
  • Anke
    Well, book#19 was a 2* read for me, didn't really like it, but then I saw the blurb of this one and thought, that sounds interesting, I'll give it a try. And have to say, I'm glad I did! This was a great read from first to final page. Although it's very long it wasn't boring at all; it was engrossing to follow along the way the author first introduced all the characters and then started weaving it all together. It was believable and I couldn't st...
  • Maria
    I wanted to love this book. I really did. But this is the umpteenth time we are supposed to invest emotionally in Havers' job security. The whole series from start 30 years ago asks us to invest in this, a really tired trope. If any reader now, still to this day thinks this a matter of urgency, stop. We all know it will not happen. Barbra Havers will not get canned, relocated. This story line would stop. Am I invested in the very obvious problems...
  • Angie
    This was my introduction to the Lynley series, and overall I really enjoyed it because of the characters and their development. It was well-written, and rather glories in using Britishisms in the dialogue, which I loved. It's very good. But I can't get over the feeling at the end that there was an awful lot of Bad Mommy Disease going around the book, and the message seemed to be that ambitious career women make bad mommies. There's hope for them ...
  • Jan Locke
    A master at workBeginning a new Elizabeth George novel is like slipping into a darkened theatre to experience the emotions and drama of an excellent story. You aren't just reading, you're in the pages. You're allowed to once again become part of Scotland Yard - the good and the bad. I try to stay close to the investigation and clues as Sgt Havers and Inspector Lynley unearth so many twists and thinking and re-thinking what is the heart of those c...
  • Liz
    Another stunning and well written Inspector Lynley novel by one of the best crime writers alive today. In the 20+ books she’s written, not one has been boring, predictable or obvious, which is great praise for a writer of this genre, believe me. Do yourself a favour if you have never read one of her novels, pick one up. Either start from the very beginning or at least from In Pursuit Of The Proper Sinner, which was my introduction to Ms George ...
  • Joanna
    Much too much Isabelle Ardery, for me, but Part 2 brings Lynley on board and it felt like the good old days, Havers and Lynley for the win! I'm cautiously optimistic about Dorothea's evolution as a character, although I'm a bit uneasy, too- she seems to be taking on some Helen traits and I miss Helen so much. She is not replaceable! Anyway, I had my doubts throughout Part 1 and was won over by Part 2, and overall this is a solid read. **Edit to d...
  • Lisa Konet
    I haven't read many of this author's books but I was waiting to read this and it was predictable. Again I really dislike books in which you know what happens in the end when you are not even half way done. Yes there was a lot of bad decisions made by the main character in this book. Yes she deserves what she got. Was the punishment fitting? I think she deserved a death more cruel than what she got.BOO!!!!!!!!!
  • Vicki
    Another phenomenal book by Elizabeth George. There are several prominent women who could be the "she" of the title. Fans of Inspector Linley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers will really enjoy it.
  • Jennifer
    It's hard to believe that I've been reading this series for thirty years now! Barbara Havers (one of my two favorite fictional policewomen) is dispatched to a quiet college town (initially with the ever-difficult Isabelle Ardery) where a respected deacon has apparently committed suicide while in the custody of the local PCSO, or Police Community Support Officer (yes, I had to look it up), a uniformed civilian serving in the stead of a constable. ...
  • Mary Farrell
    I am still reading this & really enjoying it. Elizabeth George creates wonderful, well drawn characters and can pull you into a book within pages. To me the mystery becomes the minor note that her quirky,sad, flawed and hence very real- characters move around. This is my current favorite read....
  • Make Kay
    This book was a little slow to get into, as many of George's books are for me, but still an utter treat. I adore Inspector Lynley and Detective Sargeant Barbara Havers. I love that they continue to evolve and have oh so many challenges that make them fully actualized characters. The mystery is compelling, as always. Another great book!
  • Pamela
    A new Elizabeth George novel is always a pleasure, and this one was even better than most. Nearly every one one of the female characters herein is struggling with self-punishment for perceived flaws (and actual flaws as well). None of them deserve the various punishments they receive. Highly recommend — if you haven’t read a Elizabeth George novel yet — start way back at the beginning of the series because you will come to know and love Tho...
  • Karen Brooks
    While I have been a huge fan of Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley novels, I confess the last couple haven’t quite captured me in the manner of earlier ones. The reason for this, I believe, has nothing to do with the superb writing or plot which is always of such a high standard. Rather, it was the sense of absence around the primary character and the man we’ve all grown to know and love, Inspector Thomas Lynley, the intrepid Earl himself....
  • Mary Lins
    I've been following Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sargent Barbara Havers since the beginning of Elizabeth George's "Inspector Lynley" series, and the novels just get better and better. "The Punishment She Deserves" is George's latest psychological thriller, this time set primarily in Shropshire England and the surrounding areas. I highly recommend looking up photos these towns (particularly Ludlow) on the Internet to enhance your reading experience...
  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartI received this book for free from Publisher for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I so love this Inspector Lynley series which started nearly 30 years ago. I've been reading for almost the whole time and I've listened to the last few. I included it in my Series on Saturday - English Mysteries .  I also watched the TV series on PB...
  • Holly Munson
    I discovered Elizabeth George in 1992. I started with ‘A Great Deliverance” and just kept on going. I had at least four more books to read that had already been written, so I took my time and enjoyed every one. Eventually, I caught up and now I greedily wait for each new Lynley book, buy it the day it is released and savor it for the next week. Each book can be read on its own, but the joy in reading George is the development of the character...
  • Kath
    I have always loved the Lynley/Havers mysteries from the very first novel. I had high hopes for the return of the earlier relationship and mystery solving of this beloved duo. This came quite close but got bogged down with the numerous detailed side stories. The beginning takes almost 200 of its 700 pages to put Lynley and Havers back as a team on a very involved murder as we first have to watch DCS Ardery crucify Havers ONE more time. I get tire...
  • Jean Kolinofsky
    Published: 3/20/2018Offered: 2/20/2018SelectedThe Punishment She DeservesElizabeth GeorgeDS Barbara Havers is sent to Ludlow with DCS Ardery to review the investigation into the suicide of Ian Druitt, a local deacon accused of child molestation. Druitt’s suicide occurred while he was in an unmanned police station in the custody of a community patrol officer. Havers was uneasy with the suicide verdict and her report reflects a major inconsistenc...
  • Jill
    I always eagerly await each book in this series and although some may be daunted by 690 pages that only makes it even more worth waiting for. This had everything one expects from Elizabeth George, great mystery, great setting and again a great update to the saga of the recurring characters with a tease of what is yet to come. Hard to find a mystery writer who does character development any better . Too bad we probably have to wait another couple ...