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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 murderedWhen 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?.  Who is the SheWho 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 Superintendent Isabelle Ardery her arch nemesis The assignment has been designed as an opportunity for her to screw up and be appropriately punished by exile to the far northOr the she could be Isabelle Ardery herself whom we have come to dislike in the previous novel A Banuet of Conseuences for the way she lords it over Barbara's immediate boss Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley whom she outranks only because she now occupies the administrative position that he refused But very early in this new novel Ardery reveals herself to have a problem with alcohol and before long she is behaving worse than ever I might have said that some of her scenes are bit too melodramatic to be believable but then alcoholics can indeed behave in uite abnormal waysOne of the many ways in which Isabelle has failed is as a mother Her divorced husband is about to move with their two sons to New Zealand a decision she is fighting tooth and nail But there are at least two other mothers in the book who by having too little faith in their children are in serious danger of ruining their lives Any one of them could be the she in the title It is one of the themes that tie the book together as than merely another whodunnitFinally the she could be one of the handful of college age girls in the town of Ludlow where most of the action is set Students at West Mercia College we see them mostly either binge drinking having promiscuous sex or attempting to cope with the conseuences of either — suffering punishments that are largely of their own making The novel opens with two such girls going to an end of term celebration in a local pub a situation that ends with them having to be carted away by the local Police Community Support Officer who is all that is left to keep order in Ludlow after deep cutbacks in the regular forceFor a long time the relevance of these first two dozen pages is not clear; the case that brings Scotland Yard to Ludlow is the suicide in custody of a Church of England deacon an accused pedophile Isabelle and Barbara go there to report on the soundness of the original investigation and their inuiry occupies most of the next 200 pages But they return and for reasons I shall not disclose Barbara is sent out again this time with her own boss DI Lynley There are almost 500 pages still to go In them George will spend as much time or on other characters as she does with the detectives It is an unusual approach Rather than discovering information solely through the police investigation the reader is invited to share the thoughts and lives of a couple of dozen other characters who may be bystanders suspects victims officers of the law or sometimes several of these at onceFor the last two or three books of hers that I have read I have felt that Elizabeth George was no longer a mystery writer but a novelist who uses mystery as a means of prying open many other aspects of everyday life Hence the importance of recurrent themes such as motherhood substance abuse failing marriages and coming of age that knit the book together as a true novel rather than merely serving as clues to a solution I find the mixture utterly engaging especially since the American George now has no need to prove she can write a British mystery as well as any Brit and since what I call the series story — the romantic lives of Lynley Havers and others — is allowed to take a back seatAll the same I did not like this one uite as much as the last One reason is that the lives of all these teenagers — Dena Missa Francie Chelsea Finn and Brutus — is so far from my own now and often so sualid that I had a hard time caring about them as much as some of the older characters Another is that I found it difficult to understand the mission of the Met's first trip to Ludlow Isabelle insists that it is not to investigate the deacon's death or the justification for his arrest in the first place though Barbara keeps blundering into the no go area; it is uite a relief when on her trip with Lynley it becomes like a normal investigation And the reason for there even being a second trip at all hangs on a uestion of chronology that seems to be a matter of sloppy plotting on George's part Perhaps I also felt that George was a little perfunctory in tying up some of her many subplots — not the mysteries which were admirably solved but some novel aspects such as the rehabilitation of the various problem characters which seemed a trifle too optimistic But this could also be a compliment to her ability to create such characters in the first place and take them into emotional areas far beyond the range of a normal genre offeringIn her acknowledgements George remarks that she likes to research a particular part of England in which to set each novel She used Somerset for her previous book; this time she moves north to Ludlow in Shropshire the bracing hills and smaller villages around and the cathedral cities of the west country And she is very good in evoking her setting I was at school in Shropshire sixty years ago and revisited the area a decade ago It took me back to my last trip to that region when I took the photos of Ludlow belowSee my first comment which I have posted as a spoiler Nevermore (Nevermore, 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 murderedWhen Barbara Havers is sent Illuminati to Ludlow Inward to investigate Kevin Myers the chain of events Planes that led A Verse Map of Vancouver to Ian’s death all State and Peasant in the Ottoman Empire the evidence points Pip Squeak Joins the Band (Medici books for children) to suicide But Barbara can?.  Who is Urchin of the Riding Stars (The Mistmantle Chronicles, the SheWho is Elechi Amadi The Concubine the she in Elizabeth George's Emigrant Gentlewomen title There are many possibilities First The Cat on the Dovrefell the irrepressible insubordinate ill kempt Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers who is my favorite character in Kõige taga oli hirm. 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?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 hideA masterful work of suspense The Punishment She Deserves set. 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 crimes examine all the players and come to a typical LynleyHavers conclusion This book is tremendous

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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 uiet historic medieval town in EnglandThe cozy bucolic town of Ludlow is stunned when one of its most revered and respected. 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


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  1. says:

    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


  2. says:

    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 uantity 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 our hatred is nudged along here by her uncontrollable drunkenness Every time she thinks about reaching for the airline vodka bottle pulls her hand away and then reaches for it again and downs it readers will cheer We won't be happy until she is finally destroyedSomething interesting happens to Lynley in that George makes his aristocraticness the cause of his good character and virtues He is so well bred that it has become impossible for him to do wrong The book does in fact end with a scene in which Lynley bullies Havers but this is portrayed as doing her a favor


  3. says:

    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 plusIn the 'Inspector Lynley Mysteries' Inspector Thomas Lynley is played by Nathaniel Parker and Sergeant Barbara Havers is played by Sharon SmallIn the English town of Ludlow Community Support Officer Gary Ruddock handles minor infractions like kids binge drinking and the like So when an anonymous caller accuses the local deacon Ian Druitt of pedophilia Ruddock is instructed to bring Druitt to the local nick from which he'll be transferred to Shrewsbury which has a 'real' police force Before Druitt can be moved however he's found dead in his cell an apparent suicide Ruddock who left the prisoner alone is on the hot seat but an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission IPCC clears him of criminal misconductand Ruddock gets to keep his job Ian Druitt's father who has money and connections doesn't believe his son committed suicide and contacts his Member of Parliament who gets New Scotland Yard the Met on the case The Met's Assistant Commissioner Sir David Hillier sends Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery and Sergeant Barbara Havers to Ludlow in hopes they'll endorse the IPCC's work and put paid to the matter Both Hillier and Ardery have an ulterior motive as well they want to find a reason to transfer SgtHavers who's a thorn in their sides to the booniesso they're rid of her for good Once the detectives get to Ludlow Ardery who's a spiraling alcoholic with personal problems does a shallow 'by the book' investigation wanting to get back to London as soon as possible Havers however makes thorough inuiries This gets Havers into trouble with Arderybut ends with Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley going back to Ludlow to re investigate Pruitt's death Once Havers and Lynley begin a 'real' investigation they discover that things are amiss in Ludlow For instance the CCTV camera that would have shown the anonymous caller who accused Pruitt of child abuse was moved; the police station parking lot was used for sexual liaisons; the county's Assistant Chief Constable had CSO Ruddock 'keeping an eye' on her son Finn a college boy who partied hard; a girl had been assaulted; and Everyone is keeping secrets though and Havers and Lynley have to winkle them out to learn the truth about Pruit's death In this they're aided by Sergeant Winston Nkata back at the Met who's a whiz with computer searches The book has a complex plot and a rich cast of characters The characters include a Ludlow physician of Indian heritage and her drug using British husband; indifferent college students who share a house and are 'friends with benefits'; a cadre of women who belong to a glider club; a couple who's 'waiting for marriage'; a vicar who worked with Ian Pruitt; and The detectives interact with many of these people while they're looking into Pruitt's demise which turns out to be a wrongful deathOne of the big pleasures of this series is following the private lives of Lynley and Havers who've been through a lot since they became detective partners In this book widowed Lynley is still dating veterinarian Daidre Trahair who only makes a token appearance in the story thank goodness 👍; and Barbara Havers and Met secretary Dorothea Harriman are taking tap dancing lessons so they can improve their fitness and lose a few pounds The women are preparing for a dance recital and Barbara FORBIDS Lynley from attending Do you think he listens? Ha ha ha 😃I enjoyed this addition to the series and strongly recommend it to mystery fans You can follow my reviews at


  4. says:

     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 Superintendent Isabelle Ardery her arch nemesis The assignment has been designed as an opportunity for her to screw up and be appropriately punished by exile to the far northOr the she could be Isabelle Ardery herself whom we have come to dislike in the previous novel A Banuet of Conseuences for the way she lords it over Barbara's immediate boss Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley whom she outranks only because she now occupies the administrative position that he refused But very early in this new novel Ardery reveals herself to have a problem with alcohol and before long she is behaving worse than ever I might have said that some of her scenes are bit too melodramatic to be believable but then alcoholics can indeed behave in uite abnormal waysOne of the many ways in which Isabelle has failed is as a mother Her divorced husband is about to move with their two sons to New Zealand a decision she is fighting tooth and nail But there are at least two other mothers in the book who by having too little faith in their children are in serious danger of ruining their lives Any one of them could be the she in the title It is one of the themes that tie the book together as than merely another whodunnitFinally the she could be one of the handful of college age girls in the town of Ludlow where most of the action is set Students at West Mercia College we see them mostly either binge drinking having promiscuous sex or attempting to cope with the conseuences of either — suffering punishments that are largely of their own making The novel opens with two such girls going to an end of term celebration in a local pub a situation that ends with them having to be carted away by the local Police Community Support Officer who is all that is left to keep order in Ludlow after deep cutbacks in the regular forceFor a long time the relevance of these first two dozen pages is not clear; the case that brings Scotland Yard to Ludlow is the suicide in custody of a Church of England deacon an accused pedophile Isabelle and Barbara go there to report on the soundness of the original investigation and their inuiry occupies most of the next 200 pages But they return and for reasons I shall not disclose Barbara is sent out again this time with her own boss DI Lynley There are almost 500 pages still to go In them George will spend as much time or on other characters as she does with the detectives It is an unusual approach Rather than discovering information solely through the police investigation the reader is invited to share the thoughts and lives of a couple of dozen other characters who may be bystanders suspects victims officers of the law or sometimes several of these at onceFor the last two or three books of hers that I have read I have felt that Elizabeth George was no longer a mystery writer but a novelist who uses mystery as a means of prying open many other aspects of everyday life Hence the importance of recurrent themes such as motherhood substance abuse failing marriages and coming of age that knit the book together as a true novel rather than merely serving as clues to a solution I find the mixture utterly engaging especially since the American George now has no need to prove she can write a British mystery as well as any Brit and since what I call the series story — the romantic lives of Lynley Havers and others — is allowed to take a back seatAll the same I did not like this one uite as much as the last One reason is that the lives of all these teenagers — Dena Missa Francie Chelsea Finn and Brutus — is so far from my own now and often so sualid that I had a hard time caring about them as much as some of the older characters Another is that I found it difficult to understand the mission of the Met's first trip to Ludlow Isabelle insists that it is not to investigate the deacon's death or the justification for his arrest in the first place though Barbara keeps blundering into the no go area; it is uite a relief when on her trip with Lynley it becomes like a normal investigation And the reason for there even being a second trip at all hangs on a uestion of chronology that seems to be a matter of sloppy plotting on George's part Perhaps I also felt that George was a little perfunctory in tying up some of her many subplots — not the mysteries which were admirably solved but some novel aspects such as the rehabilitation of the various problem characters which seemed a trifle too optimistic But this could also be a compliment to her ability to create such characters in the first place and take them into emotional areas far beyond the range of a normal genre offeringIn her acknowledgements George remarks that she likes to research a particular part of England in which to set each novel She used Somerset for her previous book; this time she moves north to Ludlow in Shropshire the bracing hills and smaller villages around and the cathedral cities of the west country And she is very good in evoking her setting I was at school in Shropshire sixty years ago and revisited the area a decade ago It took me back to my last trip to that region when I took the photos of Ludlow belowSee my first comment which I have posted as a spoiler


  5. says:

    4 starsI 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 I enjoyed every page The death occurs in a small town in Wales and Havers and her superiors are sent to look at whether the local police properly ruled it a suicide The story delves into a group of local young people an underfunded police force and different forms of obsessive parenting There’s no point getting into a deep description of the story but I suspect fans of this series would enjoy it as much as I didGetting into this series is a deep commitment I took the plunge uite a few years ago and caught up by reading each book obsessively one after the other over a few months This may not be for everyone but I’m happy I did and am always happy to read the next one


  6. says:

    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 demons than a possible murderer She’s fighting with her ex husband who is determined to move out of the country with their two sons and Ardery’s been hitting the vodka bottle too often She’s also determined to finally find enough reason to call for the transfer of Havers out of her districtI’ve have been a fan of this author since her first book many years ago Ms George is a master at meticulously plotting out her complex mysteries but where she truly excels is in her characters If you decide to read something by this author and I hope you do you should start with her first book “A Great Deliverance” so you have a good understanding of the background of each of the characters and can grow to love them as I have Her newest book is a long one over 700 pages on my Kindle but you’ll get no complaints about that from me as the time I spend with these characters the happier I am This is a complex tale and one of the best that this author has written I became totally engrossed in the mystery and I so very much enjoyed Ms George’s humorous telling of Havers’ attempts at tap dancing Ms George remains my favorite English mystery writer though she’s American I’m already longing for her next bookMost highly recommendedThis book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review


  7. says:

    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 crimes examine all the players and come to a typical LynleyHavers conclusion This book is tremendous


  8. says:

    As a fan faithful of Elizabeth George’s it is an exuisite 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 typical aristocratic euanimity The Punishment She Deserves is set in a British village a college town which can suffer from rowdiness in its late hours after pubs close where young people test boundaries suffer depression look for new versions of themselves and search out new relationships Somehow something went very wrong Was procedure followed when the curate was found having committed suicide? When the alcoholic Superintendent Irene takes Barbara with her intending to dead end the lieutenant’s career the outcome is circumvented by Havers’ strategic and careful investigating She and Lynley return and the complicated lengthy procedure of figuring out what actually happened ensues Elizabeth George writes gritty novels The descriptions of the settings are so lovely in her books I sometimes think we are lulled into thinking her plots might be eually scenic None of her characters are without faults and even those most relatable can be irritating as heck Her main characters like Barbara Havers for instance may be left without redemption in one novel only to totally shift their life’s situation in another The college students here are all somewhat anguished very bleak tied to the terrible event and with wretched personal lives The state of limbo Police work is also in limbo Families in limbo And everything and everyone cannot move forward untilI very much enjoyed The Punishment She Deserves and felt that it was one of George’s better recent novels And the ending promises that another is in the works Five stars


  9. says:

    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 seriesInspector 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 Havers so that she is a lot likable She and Lynley make a formidable team


  10. says:

    Elizabeth George and I are in a lovehate 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 uibble? Continuing on her attack of her beloved characters Havers is once again being abused out of all proportion by Isabel Ardley her commanding officer and the author Ardley is one of the most unlikable characters in fiction right now An alcoholic out of control she wields her power to get Havers transferred She is assigned to go to Ludlow to investigate a suicide of a church deacon while in police custody She is told to take Havers with her and you know this is a disaster in the making and it is She is so petty doing things like not allowing food or cigarette breaks although she can find time to down little bottle of vodka Ardley wants to do a cursory investigation and get back to London and her alcohol and Havers actually wants to investigate the case They do a very light investigation and return home when new pressure is put on the police by a high ranking government official Lynley and Havers return to Ludlow to actually investigate how the deacon committed suicide while in custody while left alone There is no stone left unturned and the arresting officer comes under close examination There is also a house of sexually active college students who figure prominently There is plenty of sex thrown including rapes sodomy and a student's father dying in an auto erotic death If Ardley abusing Havers is not enough the author forces her into tap dancing classes with Dee Harriman and then a recital that is absurd A mysterious figure from Barbara's past makes an appearance Luckily Lynley's romance with the zoo vet takes up little time George really likes trying to make suare pieces try to go in round holes It's a relationship that doesn't work which every reader knows everyone but George I have made my peace by only getting library books now because the books have become only so so Still after hefting the almost 700 pages around and developing biceps I will now switch to Kindle I will also wonder at my continuing addiction to this series that I know I will continue to read but I really wish someone would sit George down sand say Really Elizabeth? You are capable of so much better than this


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