The Punishment She Deserves

The Punishment She Deserves

by Elizabeth George


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451467867
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: A Lynley Novel Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 711
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty psychological suspense novels, four young adult novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, two Edgar nominations, and both France's and Germany's first prize for crime fiction, as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

February 26, 1949

Place of Birth:

Warren, Ohio


A.A. Foothill Community College, 1969; B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1970; M.S. California State University

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The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these Havers and Lynley stories,have. Read them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whenever Sgt Barbara is is in the story, you know it will be worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these Lynly, Havers novels! I too have read them all. Am looking forward to the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley and Detective Sergeant Havers novels, with a cunning mystery at its core and an interweaving of numerous familial and other relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Possibly her best yet but they are all so great. Can’t get enough of Lynley and Havens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Ms George's books suck you in and twist about. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These characters get more dear with every novel is love in the air for Havers??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geoge is a phenomenal writer. The research alone and the insights into character teaches. I missed Deborah, perhaps the next one. My only regret was Clovers ending, I did not expect it. It's clear that such a work takes a long time I hope I get to read the next one. Just hit my 80th.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth George is my favorite author. Each book stands on its own, but it is enormously helpful to have read the previous books to understand everything. I started reading her books at book three Missing Joseph. I was so captured by the story and how it was told, that I went back to read the first two, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the characters, the stories, and perhaps most of all, the writing. Always spot on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read as usual.the background descriptions are excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best in this amazing series. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all the fan reviews of this book and the characters. Unfortunately, I found this book a struggle to finish. In fact, I was eager to finish it so I could start reading something else. I found this to be a LONG book for such a simple plot. There were too many characters that didn't add to the story line, and no real suspense. If the author intended this as a character study - that was met, but there was nothing intriguing or suspenseful in this novel - in fact, the "villain" was predictable long before the end of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
E.George is a wonderful writer, with great character development. Indeed she introduces so many characters, that she keeps you in suspense until the last few pages. I love her intricate plots. Mary Quite Contary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She’s back! Beautifully written. The stories are artfully woven together. So interesting. The characters believable and relatable. The plot so much understanding of the human heart and relationships. Really wonderful. One of her best!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story did not capture my attention enough to finish reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. The characters remain true to themselves. Interesting twists and turns. Hated to see it end!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A gift to her fans
JEarlM More than 1 year ago
The Punishment She Deserves is another Lynley novel from Elizabeth George. If you like to feel you're really in the scenes with the characters you'll love this. The story moves rather slowly at first but with a lot of information to take in. If you are tempted to skim, don't, you'll be rewarded in the last half for giving the first half all of your attention. This is not a narrative that rockets forward but rather one that almost lurches. The many characters seem a bit much initially but they become easier to keep track of after maybe the first third, mainly because they are well-drawn and distinctive. There were a couple times I was afraid I was losing the thread of the mystery itself even while I was enjoying the story itself. If that happens to you don't worry, it is a twisty mystery but the threads come together as you progress and by the end it all, or mostly, makes sense. I would recommend this to fans of character driven mysteries and ones that almost immerse you in the surroundings. This is a slow-moving and intricate plot but much of what makes it seem convoluted at first is the sheer number of characters and subplots. Each is interesting and if you just allow yourself to go along for the ride without worrying too much about "getting it" I think you'll enjoy both the ride and the destination. Reviewed from a copy made available through Goodreads First Reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite part of this series is the relationship that exists between Lynley and Havers. From the first novel theirs is a partnership based on mutual respect. The first part of the novel is just about Havers investigating a suspected murder. It sets the premise for the whodunit but it felt like an eternity before Lynley enters the fray. Great mystery but way too long.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a team Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers make as they investigate what everyone assumes is a suicide of an accused pedophile. Sgt. Havers has her suspicions from the get go and once Lynley is on board the investigation takes off! I couldn't read this book fast enough. Lynley and Havers are my favorite crime fighting sleuths. I'm looking forward to the next installment Ms. George.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every chapter. George did an excellent job of keeping a large number of characters well defined. The plot and sub plots and the comic relief were well done as always. Once again, I could not await what would happen on page after page. I am looking forward to the next book to be published.
Henry_McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George This is the latest installment in Elizabeth George’s series of Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Scotland Yard is called in to investigate a case of death in custody. A prisoner was found hanged in a cell. The initial investigations ruled it a suicide. The prisoner was the son of a powerful and influential man who doesn’t believe or accept the findings. The Yard is called in to review the findings with the idea it will be a quick in and out that will confirm the first report. Ms. George weaves an intricate plot among the people connected to the suicide. She spends a good deal of the book bringing out the psychological issues affecting them all. These issues intersect in one way or another with the suicide victim, an intricate web of deceit and deception. We get to know these families and individuals in more detail than one usually finds in a mystery. But, this multi-layered journey to the truth never bogs down. Ms. George is excellent in pacing the story so we get to know the people without forgetting who a person is when they come back into the narrative focus. Another a thing that makes this story stand out is the focus on Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. She isn’t with her usual partner, Thomas Lynley. She is with Lynley’s boss who is ordered to lead the investigation because of the political connections involved. The boss, an alcoholic, selects Havers for her own personal reasons—she wants to get rid of Havers. They have a history, a history that has poisoned the boss’s perceptions.Havers has to toe the line or get bounced. Havers notices things previous investigators missed which will mean a longer investigation, much longer the anyone wants. The boss orders Havers to change the report to conform to the expected outcome. Havers shares the original with Lynley, who in turn, makes other higher ups aware of it. Now Havers and Lynley are ordered to investigate the situation again. And they uncover the secrets of the families and individuals involved, including a coverup of the full extent of the involvement of the local police in the suicide and the events that led up to it and the efforts to disguise the death. The suicide was actually murder. The final reveal is among the best I’ve ever read. It is a surprise, but George crafts the story so well, it is also very satisfying. It catches the reader off guard, but it makes complete sense in the context of the story world George has created.
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor and skip to the last 50 pages or so (around May 24 chapter) to find out how this book ends. I've been a fan of the Inspector Lynley books and even the PBS series for a long time and so looked forward to the new release. Luckily I checked this one out from the local library rather than purchasing. I suspected something was amiss when I saw how many pages were in the book. After reading the first 100 pages I became bored and did something I rarely do--skipped to the end of the book to read the wrap up chapters. I was frustrated with non-regular characters and a few of the regulars. The language was vulgar and while I understand this is the norm for today's world, I don't care to have it in books I read. I won't spoil the ending for those of you who are contemplating reading the book, but the title is appropriate in so many ways. I hope Ms. George now returns to story lines similar to those in previous books or sadly her books will be relegated to my non-read list. I really like Lynley and Havers and don't wish to abandon them.