A Banquet of Consequences

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Inspector Lynley investigates the London end of an ever more darkly disturbing case, with Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of affection and eceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the resul of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young woma 's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with bestselling feminist writer Clare Abbott and her pushy personal assistant Caroline Goldacre gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.

Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under pressure, and author Elizabeth George writing at the very height of her extraordinar powers.
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Published October 27th 2015 by Viking (first published October 19th 2015
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A Banquet of Consequences
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Oanade konsekvenser är den första Thomas Lynley och Barbara Havers boken jag har läst på flera år, men det känns inte alls som om jag har missat något trots att jag åtminstone inte har läst de senaste 10 böckerna om inte fler.

Dock, måste jag erkänna trots att den inte på något sätt var tråkig så saknade jag något med berättelsen, trots den intressanta storyn så kände jag att jag aldrig riktigt fängslades av berättelsen.Barbara Havers har tydligen begått grova klavertramp i ett tidigare fall och polischefen, Isabelle Ardery, hotar med att förflytta Havers om hon på något sätt gör något överilat och det påverkar berättelsen då hon måste bete sig exemplariskt.

Men Ardery är inte den lättaste att övertala, trots att hon och Lynely en gång i tiden tydligen var väldigt, väldigt nära varandra.Fallet med den mördade författaren Clare Abbott är intressant även om det kändes som om det tog en lång tid innan allting kom igång, under de första 250 sidorna hände det inte så mycket förutom att Abbotts personliga assistents son tog livet av sig.

Fortunately, she has Lynley on her side like a knight in shining armor and he is trying through the novel to make Ardery understand that Havers need to be Havers to work, but Ardery is n't asy to convince, despite that Lynley and she once upon a time actually were pretty close.The case with the murdered author Clare Abbott was interesting, but it felt like forever for the stories to get started.

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An Assured Novelist of Precarious SituationsI recently took a look at the latest Maisie Dobbs mystery by Jacqueline Winspear, whose stories I quite enjoyed at the beginning until I realized that they had settled into a tiresome rut.

Classic mysteries in the Agatha Christie mode begin by introducing us to a number of people who are connected in some way; one of the interesting games at this point is to guess who is going to be the victim—generally some unpleasant person whom many people would have motives to kill.

Then there is the situation in the middle of an investigation where you begin to have an obvious suspect, but start looking at more peripheral possibilities instead, since the obvious just seems too obvious; George plays games with that too.

Finally, the police case is closed with fifty pages of the ook still to go, but Harold is not spinning her wheels; not only does she make full use of her long epilogue as a novelist tying up the many human stories, she has another trick or two up her sleeve as a detective writer as well.The cover labels the book as " A Lynley Novel. " But really, DI Thomas Lynley ( AKA the Earl of Asherton) is hardly the main focus here.

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Tommy Lynley seems like a bit part player in this rather slow and tedious tale and though I have not been gripped as I have in the past and at times tried to think of many hings to do rather than read which is very nusual for me.

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As I closed this lengthy ( 573 pages) new book in the Lynley/Havers series and I breathed a sigh of relief.

She followed that incident with a nove that was truly, in my opinion, horrible " What Came Before Her " and then issued four very mediocre novels with Lynley and Havers behaving very uncharacteristically.

I do n't know why George keeps trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole.

I have stuck to it through the very rough times when it appeared George had lost control of the series.

I am lad it 's back on track with a very readable book.

Now if she could only stop trying to force the Lynley relationship, things would be great.

Even so, I can recommend this novel to all those readers who have stuck with George.

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So- hoping Barbara can redeem herself- her mentor, DI Thomas Lynley arranges for Barbara to work the case with DS Winston Nkata.Since Caroline Goldacre was in the adjoining hotel room when Clare died she comes under intense scrutiny.

This is a traditional detective book, with arbara, Winston, and Lynley questioning witnesses, getting search warrants, collecting evidence, putting together clues, etc ... .in an attempt to uncover the murderer.

There are a large array of additional characters in the retellin, including Olivia 's cheating husband Alistair and his over; Caroline 's son Charlie and his estranged wife India; Scotland Yard secretary Dorothea Harriman- who 's determined to find tomboyish Barbara Havers a boyfriend ( this is pretty hilarious); Lynley 's lady friend Dairdre, a zoo veterinarian; psychological assistance dog Arlo ( who 's cute and sweet); and more.I enjoyed the first two-thirds of the tale, which moved along at a brisk pace.

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