The Punishment She Deserves

The Punishment She Deserves

Large Print - 2018
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432848088
1432848089
Characteristics: 935 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
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gloryb
Apr 20, 2018

I loved every page of this 700 page hardcover book even though, upon reflection, most of the women are negatively portrayed. I enjoyed all of the Britishisms that George uses so well with good effect. She has a major plot and then includes the backstory of each of the supporting characters. Her writing style is exemplary. The novel is set in Ludlow where the policing cutbacks have made it possible for the events that George describes to have happened -with literary license, of course. The novel is more than just a police procedural though as George is quite adept at describing family relationships gone awry. This one is all about controlling mothers in all walks of life and the effects that has on families. All of her subplots are woven competently into the main plot. These provide the rationale for all of the characters' actions fuelling the main plot. My least favorite parts were those about Isabelle Ardery, but these descriptions of her are necessary for the reader to believe what George has in mind for her.

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PineSisken
Apr 20, 2018

Superb! Another must-read for devoted fans of Elizabeth George and her main characters: Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers. If you're not a devoted fan yet, what are you waiting for? Get cracking!

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mpye
Apr 16, 2018

Thoroughly recommended. Bought this book before boarding a 13-hour flight and read half of it before arriving at my destination! The remainder did not take long to finish as I was completely hooked. I do not agree with some of the other reviewers that the book is too long. This is a master storyteller at her best, writing about real people from all walks of life in various sub plots. She describes the very human weaknesses of these people as she enticingly unravels a complex mystery for us.

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Adele_Jaunty
Apr 04, 2018

While the initial part of the book seemed a touch slow, as the characters and plot developed it got more and more intriguing. Half-way through the book, I was completely hooked and, indeed, did not want the book to end. I simply loved the book and the writing is superb.

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dorothy1
Apr 03, 2018

I liked this book. I found the first half dragged (some descriptions seemed unnecessary or repetitive), but by the second half I couldn't put it down. It was good to read about Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers again.

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dorothy_esau
Apr 02, 2018

Although the plot is fascinating, as with all of Elizabeth George's books in this genre, I think 690 pages is quite unnecessary. If she edited out half of the gratuitous descriptions of disturbing sexual behaviour of college students, as well as some of the (albeit lovely) scenery descriptions, this would be a great read.

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dorothy_esau
Apr 02, 2018

dorothy_esau thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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