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The punishment she deserves
Large Print edition.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
Physical Description:
935 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
bk. 20
General Note:
"Thorndike Press Large Print Basic."
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. So he assigns Havers to the case and for good measure partners her with the one person who shares his wish to see the back of her, Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery. But Ardery has her own difficulties. She is not happy to be sent away from London and as a result is in a rush to return. This causes her to overlook things, important things, and prevents her from uncovering an earlier crime that set everything in motion.


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LP GEORGE Elizabeth

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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorA Lynley NovelInspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and the pugnacious and deeply loyal Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. 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.

Author Notes

Elizabeth George was born on February 26, 1949, in Warren, Ohio. She received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of California in Riverside and a master's degree in counseling/psychology from California State University at Fullerton. She taught English in high school for about thirteen years before leaving to become a full-time writer. She is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her novel, A Great Deliverance, won the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere in 1989. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington. Her title's include Edge of Light, The Edge of the Shadows, The Edge of the Water, I, Richard, and The Punishment She Deserves.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

British actor Vance does a strikingly effective job as narrator of the 20th book in George's series about highborn Scotland Yard Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley, in which he and his partner, Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers, investigate a questionable suicide in the rural town of Ludlow. The early chapters find Lynley deskbound while Havers and their autocratic supervisor, Det. Chief Isabelle Ardery, look into the suicide. Ardery ignores Havers's suspicions of murder and authenticates the suicide ruling. Circumventing an apoplectic Ardery, Lynley gets the case reopened, and he and Havers return to Ludlow, where their police work is interspersed by dramatic vignettes involving the local community. Vance's vocal interpretations never falter. His Lynley is definitely aristocratic, but tempered by charm and empathy. Havers runs an emotional gamut from bristling pugnaciousness to bouts of inferiority. Vance voices Ardery-who with her job on the line and her personal life in disarray grows increasingly dependent on vodka-with slurring, furious anger, and self-contempt. With its artfully described small-town atmosphere, meticulous plotting, and well-drawn characters, this is one of the author's finer novels, with series newcomer Vance delivering a flawless, nuanced performance. A Viking hardcover. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

More mayhem most British from practiced mysterian George (A Blanket of Consequences, 2015, etc.): the 20th Inspector Lynley novel.The "she" of the title is a floating pronoun: It could refer to a victim or to DS Barbara Havers, who has been sent up to A.E. Housman country from New Scotland Yard to investigate a murder most foul. Or is it a suicide most foul? In any event, the unfortunate demise while in police custody of Ian Druitt, a respected deacon of the Church of England lately suspected of pedophilia, turns out to be grounded in plenty of motive, whether deserved or a smoke screen for another crime. Enter Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery, a woman hardened by a horrid divorce and too-liberal application of alcohol to her many problems, for when it turns out that Druitt is well-connected and an MP has come calling for favors, Assistant Commissioner Sir David Hillier, a Yard honcho with a nose for sniffing out political and personal opportunity, sends not Inspector Lynley but Ardery to help Havers with the case, thus putting another "she" in line for punishment. George is an ascended master of the artfully tangled plot, elaborate without being overly busy; everyone who enters into the picture plays a part. Lynley is rather far afield at first, as Havers takes the lead--and given that Lynley was first introduced in 1988, 30 years ago, he's coming up on retirement age anyway. But once Ardery turns out to be trouble, enticing Havers to chug down "some kind of vodka in a glass the size of my mum's Easter bonnet" and neglecting some key evidence in the ugly case, Lynley is back on the scene, and not a minute too soon. George, though American, is at home in the all mod cons world of suburban England, and she weaves many topics into her pages, from alcoholism and binge drinking to immigration, rave culture, nationalism, town versus gown, and police politics. Oh, and there's no shortage of suspects, either.Long but rewarding: trademark George, with elements of the classic procedural nicely joined to today's headlines. Fans won't be disappointed.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The death of a person in police custody always presents problems. Even after local authorities and an independent police commission find the death of accused pedophile Deacon Ian Druitt in jail in the historic town of Ludlow, England to be a suicide, Scotland Yard is asked to investigate. Newly appointed DCS Isabelle Ardery is sent to look into the case, taking along impetuous DS Barbara Havers, but when their report is inconclusive, DI Thomas Lynley must step in to help wrap up the case. Along the way, George threads in the activities and the secrets of the people of Ludlow, eventually tying the various plotlines into the crime at the center of this well-wrought mystery. George's Inspector Lynley series is more about characters than crime, and she is sympathetic to the human failings of those characters notably, in this case, those of an Indian doctor who overmanages her daughters' lives and of the acerbic Ardery, whose alcoholism has already caused the loss of her marriage and her twin sons and is now threatening her career. The sheer size of this book (more than 700 pages) shouldn't dissuade readers: bolstered by George's polished prose, the twentieth Lynley mystery moves briskly along, showing the author at the peak of her powers.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2018 Booklist

Library Journal Review

The plot of the latest Havers and Lynley novel takes place directly after the events of A Banquet of Consequences. DS Barbara Havers is fighting to hold on to her current position within London's Metropolitan Police and her partner Thomas Lynley is doing his best to assist her. While Havers is keeping her nose clean with the boss and taking tap dance lessons, a delicate internal probe has been sent to their department. She and the department's commander Isabelle Ardery are sent to investigate an apparent suicide of a suspect in custody in Shropshire. The local police have staffing issues, which may have contributed to this suspicious death. But Havers finds that the evidence does not support this theory and wants to dig further. Ardery disagrees, threatening Havers to keep her in line. When new details emerge, Havers returns to Shropshire with Lynley to find the truth. Verdict The continuing story of beloved series characters and an engrossing plot make for a blockbuster combination that will reward longtime George fans and readers who appreciate serious mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 9/25/17.]-Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.