Punishment She Deserves
by George, Elizabeth






Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and the pugnacious but loyal detective sergeant Barbara Havers tackle one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered in a latest entry in the best-selling series by the Agatha Award-winning author of A Banquet of Consequences.





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.





*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. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.





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 In spector 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: tra d emark George, with elements of the classic procedural nicely joined to today's headlines. Fans won't be disappointed. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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