The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley Series #20)

The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley Series #20)

by Elizabeth George

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525954347
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Series: Inspector Lynley Series , #20
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 95,754
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.30(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.

Hometown:

Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

February 26, 1949

Place of Birth:

Warren, Ohio

Education:

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. 31 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
TRFeller 3 months ago
Until reading this novel, I was unaware that there was such a thing as a Thomas Lynley series dating from 1988, that there are 20 of them of which this is the latest, and that some of the stories were adapted into a TV series. They are police procedurals set in England, and Lynley is a Detective Inspector for Scotland Yard. With his supervisor and former lover Isabelle Ardery and his sidekick Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, they are assigned to review the review of an investigation into the death of a prisoner in police custody in the historic town of Ludlow in Shropshire in the west country. The forensic pathologist ruled the death a suicide and the first review established that the initial investigators followed proper protocols. The prisoner, Ian Druitt, a clergyman accused of pedophilia, had a rich brewery-owner father who persuades his local member of parliament to get Scotland Yard involved. During their review, Havers discovers one anomaly that leads them to re-open the case. Lynley is an Oxford-educated aristocrat whose title is the Earl of Asherton, but Havers comes from a working class background. Ardery is an alcoholic who prefers her vodka martinis stirred not shaken, and she is in a nasty custody fight with her ex-husband over their two sons. I initially thought that the author spent too much time on Ardery’s drinking problem until her attempt to get some help provides her with a critical piece of information to solve the mystery. On the other hand, her child custody fight did not contribute to the story. Havers has taken up tap dancing, and while that might be fascinating to fans of the series, it did nothing for me since it was the first novel that I have read in this series. Nor did Lynley’s problems with his girlfriend Daidre hold any interest for me. Other characters include Assistant Commissioner Sir David Hillier, Ardery’s supervisor. He is more politician than cop and has some grudge against Havers. The local policeman who arrested the clergyman is Gary “Gaz” Ruddock, who grew up in a cult in Ireland and may have an undiagnosed case of dyslexia. One of his superiors is Deputy Chief Constable Clover Freeman, whose son Finn attends the local college and who knew Druitt quite well. He vehemently contests the conclusion that Druitt committed suicide. West Mercia University is located in Ludlow, and several students are also major characters. They are Dena and Francie, both promiscuous female students, Brutus, who has sex with both of them, and Missa, a female student determined to keep her virginity until her marriage. Somehow Dena and Missa are good friends, but Dena and Francie have a falling out over Brutus. The novel starts slowly and is overly long, but by the time I reached the final quarter I found it hard to put down.
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.