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, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20)

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Roger Brunyate
     Who is the She?Who is the "she" in Elizabeth George's title? There are many possibilities. First, the irrepressible, insubordinate, ill-kempt, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, who is my favorite character in the whole series for her colorful way of saying off-color things, brilliant instincts, and believable background. Barbara has managed to piss off many of her superiors at Scotland Yard, and at the beginning of the book she is sent off to ...
  • DeB MaRtEnS
    As a fan faithful of Elizabeth George’s, it is an exquisite pleasure to again open one of her lengthy tomes and know that I will be lost to her words- lots of them- for a fair while AND blissfully happy meeting up with one of my favourite literary anti-heroes, Lieutenant Barbara Havers. This time ‘round, George does not disappoint and the novel is as serpentine as the best of those written by her in past time, bringing Havers into messy momen...
  • Lisa
    A multilayered, well-plotted mystery with a bunch of characters — trust the author, it all ties together in the end. Don’t let the 700-page length, or the fact that story is a reinvestigation of a reinvestigation of an investigation into an investigation of an apparent suicide, daunt you: Elizabeth George’s writing is smooth and her plots are intricate but clear and well paced. The pace is not breathless, but you get so into the story you h...
  • 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...
  • Rachel
    I listened to this book on The narration was brilliant especially Havers who gave me some laugh out loud moments. I’m a bit surprised to see so many 5 star ratings . I found it all a little tedious at times. Who was doing what to who? I thought it got bogged down a bit in binge drinking, casual sex and was all a bit teenagie even though that isn’t a word! We love to hate Isobel Adery but I found her dialogue often repetitive, I d...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Susan Johnson
    Elizabeth George and I are in a love/hate relationship right now. She is probably unaware of it but I am. I love Lynley and Havers and have been reading them for decades. It is a commitment because George loves the sound of her own voice and writes overlong books. This one was over 690 pages and 150 of them could have been edited easily and made the story clearer but why quibble? Continuing on her attack of her beloved characters. Havers is once ...
  • 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...
  • Kathy
    This is a very satisfying addition to the Lynley/Havers joint troubles and investigations. Ludlow is the main scene and the rather long book is populated by intricately woven, complex characters. We have the reduced funding of police force that allows for a uniquely evil compact between a high-ranking officer and a low-level community policeman to do all sorts in a college setting.Deranged parenting, promiscuous youngsters prone to binge drinking...
  • 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...
  • Julia Wilson
    I enjoy the company of the dapper Inspector Thomas Lynley and the slightly irreverent Barbara Havers but I think 690 pages was a little too long. The mystery was acceptable and the characters were interesting but there really wasn't enough of a plot to justify the length.
  • Jaksen
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you, Goodreads!Kind of a big messy book with lots going on, lots of characters with lots of dialogue and interaction, which is why the book is almost 700 pages, I suppose.In this one, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, she of the unkempt look but the wise-beyond-her-appearance brain, is sent with Chief Inspector Isabelle Ardrey to investigate an investigation. Yes, seriously, they are sent to make su...
  • Smitha
    No. 20 in the series of Lynley- Havers, a police procedural by Elizabeht George, one of my favourite authors. I have read most of her books and enjoyed muxh, hence was eager to start this one.It was a slow to medium paced story about a death in prison of a man accused of paedophilia, a police assistant officer who is the epitome of friendliness... but who knows what monsters lurk within, two strong and stubborn ladies..both crime officers, but wi...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Shirley Schwartz
    As with all Thomas Lynley books, this one is a tome. Some 690 pages, but it actually does read fairly fast. And also, as with other Elizabeth George books, this one causes the reader to do a lot of soul-searching, and it made me shake my head at how "spot-on" she is with her characterizations. She made me contemplate just how far some people will go to protect their child. She made me read in amazement at how she portrayed an alcoholic's downward...
  • 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...
  • William Horn
    I've read all the Inspector Lynley books and sadly I have to say this will probably be the last. I've been tempted to give up on the series a couple of times recently but this one has pushed me over the edge. Barbara Havers is one of the best characters I've run across in any mystery series. The level of angst Ms. George created around her became almost intolerable a couple of times in recent books, but I stuck with both the character and the aut...
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Okay, so this wasn't my favourite Elizabeth George. Normally, she is the one to rip me from a reading slump with a riveting chunkster in the Lynley series. This simply wasn't the case here, but it in no way means I'm giving up Elizabeth George. I'll just be patiently waiting for the next in the series, and will like usual be one of the first in line to buy. The mystery Havers and at first, DCS Isabelle Ardery, are sent out to investigate is weake...
  • Kat Walter
    I am a huge fan of this author and her characters. That said, I found the first half of this novel boring, the writing cumbersome, tedious and repetitive. The use of IPCC, CC, PCSO,DCS, etc, etc drove me crazy because they were done so much. Interrupted the reading flow. Too many mental digressions and other unnecessary meanderings turned this 350 page novel into a 700 page novel. Will I read the next installment, should there be one ?I absolutel...
  • 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....
  • Mandy Radley
    😁😁😁😁😁😁absolutely loved this, I want the next one NOW.
  • Larraine
    Despite being 690 pages, I managed to get through this one pretty quickly, probably because it's been so hot out, but also because I just had a hard time putting it down. This has to be one of her best. The most recent ones seemed to be more vague and scattered although I still liked them. In this one we find Lynley back in form professionally, in a relationship with a zoo vet who is keeping him at something of a distance, and working with his pa...
  • Michael
    With her twentieth installment in the Lynley and Havers series (sorry, I refuse to think of it as anything else), Elizabeth George returns to form with one of the best installments in the series to date. The last two novels found Barbara Havers getting herself into hot water and on the wrong side of her superiors at New Scotland Yard. As The Punishment She Deserves begins, Havers future at the Met is hanging by a thread and a case in the small to...