The Punishment She Deserves : A Lynley Novel
by Elizabeth George and Simon Vance


Overview - 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 crime. Then, while in police custody, Ian is found dead. Did he kill himself? Or was he murdered?

When Barbara Havers is sent to Ludlow to investigate the chain of events that led to Ian's death, all the evidence points to suicide. But Barbara can't shake the feeling that she's missing something. She decides to take a closer look at the seemingly ordinary inhabitants of Ludlow--mainly elderly retirees and college students--and discovers that almost everyone in town has something to hide.

A masterful work of suspense, The Punishment She Deserves sets Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Inspector Thomas Lynley against one of their most intricate cases. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from Elizabeth George's previous novels who join Lynley and Havers, and readers new to the series will quickly see why she is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time. 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.

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Overview
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 crime. Then, while in police custody, Ian is found dead. Did he kill himself? Or was he murdered?

When Barbara Havers is sent to Ludlow to investigate the chain of events that led to Ian's death, all the evidence points to suicide. But Barbara can't shake the feeling that she's missing something. She decides to take a closer look at the seemingly ordinary inhabitants of Ludlow--mainly elderly retirees and college students--and discovers that almost everyone in town has something to hide.

A masterful work of suspense, The Punishment She Deserves sets Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Inspector Thomas Lynley against one of their most intricate cases. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from Elizabeth George's previous novels who join Lynley and Havers, and readers new to the series will quickly see why she is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time. 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525529811
  • ISBN-10: 0525529810
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
  • Publish Date: March 2018
  • Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: Lynley Novel

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BookPage Reviews

Audio: Death of a deacon

The Punishment She Deserves, Elizabeth George’s 20th Lynley Novel, performed by master narrator Simon Vance, is classic George—a sinuously nuanced novel of stylish prose and clever dialogue. This time, the handsome, aristocratic, impeccably mannered Inspector Lynley of Scotland Yard doesn’t get into the action for quite a while, but Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers—scrappy, sartorially challenged but ever diligent—is there from the get-go, uncomfortably accompanied by Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery, who’s never had any use for her. They have been sent to the medieval town of Ludlow to investigate how the police handled the death of an accused pedophile and Anglican deacon who died while in their charge. The police say it was a suicide, but the deacon’s influential father vehemently disagrees, and Havers becomes certain it was murder. Lynley, urged on by his loyal sergeant, finally gets involved, and together they tease out the truth. It’s a long listen that’s worth every minute.

INNOCENTS ABROAD
An unlikely love story, an oddball espionage caper set against Cold War shenanigans, a charmingly authentic portrait of a small Tuscan town and an irrepressible leading lady I’d really like to hang out with—all this and more tangle together in Christina Lynch’s debut novel, The Italian Party, read by Edoardo Ballerini, who spikes his narration with a lilting Italian accent. It’s 1956 when Scottie and Michael, a very attractive young American couple, arrive in Sienna. Just married after a quickie romance, they barely know each other and know nothing about Italy. Scottie thinks her new husband is in Italy to sell Ford tractors to the local farmers, and Michael thinks Scottie is a total innocent with a hefty inheritance. As they get to know each other, everything changes. Michael actually works for the CIA and is trying to stop a Communist takeover in Italy while harboring his own personal secret, and Scottie, who was pregnant when she met Michael, doesn’t have a dime. Can they cope with these startling revelations? Hang on, it’s a good ride with a surprising finale.

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​​​​​​​Spending time with Commissario Guido Brunetti—wandering the labyrinthine Venetian calli, stopping for a quick coffee or a bite of his wife’s fabulous meals—is the perfect way to celebrate Audio Month. Brunetti makes his 27th appearance in The Temptation of Forgiveness, Donna Leon’s latest addition to her deeply atmospheric, brilliantly written mystery series. And as always, the incomparable David Colacci gives Brunetti and every other character the very voice Leon intended. Devoted fans know that it’s not unusual for Brunetti, as an aficionado of Greco-Roman classics, to ponder justice, morality and the ambiguities of life, all of which come into play when, shortly after Professoressa Crosera tells Brunetti about her teenage son’s drug use, her husband is found in the street with severe head injuries. Brunetti’s staunch colleagues, whom I was glad to get to know a little better, help in connecting the seemingly unconnectable dots. Bravi!

 

This article was originally published in the June 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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