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The Punishment She Deserves

(Inspector Lynley #20)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  13,078 ratings  ·  1,717 reviews
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 cri
Hardcover, 692 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Viking
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I read the series with Lord Asherton from time to time, and decided to give The Punishment She Deserves a chance not long ago. The mystery of an alleged suicide of a clergyman is intriguing and there are several other plots which are well developed, however, I cannot stop thinking this novel could be at least 200 pages shorter without injury to the story ...
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it

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 termagant and has a sexual past with Lynley, and
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

In this 20th book in the 'Inspector Lynley' series, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers look into the alleged suicide of a deacon. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the characters is a plus.

In the 'Inspector Lynley Mysteries' Inspector Thomas Lynley is played by Nathaniel Parker and Sergeant Barbara Havers is played by Sharon Small


In the English town of Ludlow, Community Support Officer Gary Ruddock handles minor infractions, like kids bing
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 Shropshire on an investigation with Detective Chief
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4+ stars

I love Elizabeth George’s Linley and Havers mystery series. She does everything I like in a mystery. She has great leading detectives who’s lives evolve as the series goes on. The mystery itself is complex and steeped in real life issues. And she gets deep into her characters by writing the story from different perspectives. But reading the next instalment in the series is No small feat because all of her books are massive bricks.

The Punishment She Deserves is almost 700 pages long, and
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 determined to move out of the country with their two so ...more
Chris Conley
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 moments as usual and offering Thomas Lynley up with his typ
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Elizabeth George brought Inspector Thomas Lynley, the 8th Earl of Asherton, back full force in this novel. It had seemed like she had been pushing Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers into the main character role. If this had continued in this book, I was ready to give up on this series.
Inspector Lynley and Detective Sergeant Havers are sent to discover if a suicide was really a few suicide, or a murder. Elizabeth George has improved the character of Barbara
Susan Johnson
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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 again being abused out of all proportion by Isabe
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
Elizabeth George is my new go-to crime writer - looking forward to making my way (backwards) through this series
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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 hardly realize you’ve just read 50 pages. Inspector Lynle ...more
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 Inspector Lynley and Sgt Barbara Havers acting in
William Horn
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Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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 did get tired of her saying ‘Stop calling me Isobel’. I ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-goal, mysteries
Vintage Lynley and Havers. Solid mystery with a seemingly endless array of disconnected storylines. However, in the hands of Ms George, all will be revealed. I never doubted it.

A fifth star was earned because there is a lesson of redemption for Havers and her archenemy Isabelle Ardery.

Unfortunately the fifth star was lost because the end of the initial mystery was rather mundane. What was not were George’s brilliant characterizations.

This characterization of her oh so faulty humans may earn b
Tanja Berg
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
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 native tongue (my native tongue), which was fascinating ...more
Roman Clodia
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, the irritants first: George's American-writing-about-England still gives rise to mistakes that really a UK editor should have picked up (er, we call them fridges not coolers, you know) and some weird London geography: it's incredible that Dorothea and Havers travel from New Scotland Yard in St. James to a weekly tap-dancing class in Southall which is on the edge of London and not even on the tube map (despite them walking erroneously to the nearest tube after class). There is also some reall ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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 tired of the story line that DS Havers, one of many of ...more
Laura Wilson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant installment in this series!
Thomas Strömquist
Yes, I finally got around to reading the latest Lynley doorstop and I’m already looking forward to the next.

Barbara Havers accompanies DCS Isabelle Ardery doing a requested review of a case with a paedophile accused priest that committed suicide while in police custody. The case is considered over and done with, but the request came from high. Havers are more or less brought along to seal her fate and be reassigned to some godforsaken part of the country where she’ll make as little noise as poss
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 up. Barbara Havers is tasked in writing the report only ...more
Marlene Brooks
“The Punishment She Deserves” is set in the British village of Ludlow where something terribly wrong occurs. Throughout the book the reader asks the question “who deserves punishment’?

Ian Druitt, a respected deacon of the Church of England, is accused of pedophilia. He is arrested and later found dead while in police custody. Now it’s up to Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery to investigate whether it was suicide or murder. Ardery has her own personal demons to cope with beside an in
Julia Wilson
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 with the series, I’ll start with a couple of things I hoped
Shirley Schwartz
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 spiral. She made me realize just how real all her ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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enjoyed this book in the town I did my Alevels Ludlow but however felt it could of been shorter though but overall liked it so many twists
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 sure a police investigation into a suicide was done
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, families in crisis, drug and alcohol abuse at ma
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Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

She was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the S

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