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A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, #19)
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Hahtoolah | 440 comments I generally like Elizabeth George’s novels with Detective Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers. I have missed a few books in the series, however, thus missed some of the references in this mystery novel regarding their personal lives.

This novel, A Banquet of Consequences is less a mystery to be solved by Lynley and Havers and more a look into the lives of too many damaged people with too problems.

The book begins with the suicide of Will Goldacre. Not a spoiler, as he kills himself in the first few pages of this nearly 600 page tome. His mother, Caroline Goldacre, can’t get over his death, and years later, when most of the action takes place, she is still grieving.

Caroline is a busybody who meddled into Will’s life and now is trying to save her other son, Charlie’s marriage. She is also the personal assistant to militant feminist Clare Adley. When Clare is found dead, Lynley and Havers become involved. Havers has apparently (in a previous Lynley mystery), come sideways with the big boss, so is on a short leash to solve Clare’s murder.

There were just too many people and too many threads, many of which had nothing to do with the murder of Clare, but not significant enough to make they “red herrings.”

I found this book to be less than satisfying as a good murder mystery.


Susie | 4488 comments I rated this higher, but I think it was because I missed Havers and Lynley so much and was happy to have them back in my life for a short while!


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Booknblues | 6891 comments I read the first three back in the 90's and remember liking them, but I somehow never followed this series up.


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Jgrace | 3112 comments I used to buy these for my dad, and read them before I gifted them. But I also think I never got past the first three and maybe one that I read out of order. They are not formulaic police mysteries. There's always so much detail and elaborate back story.


Jason Oliver | 2105 comments I have only read this one. Didn't realize it was a series. I enjoyed it. Good mystery but nothing to compare to her other works.


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