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A Banquet of Consequences Inspector Lynley investigates the London end of an ever darkly disturbing case, with Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata looking behind the peaceful fa ade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceitThe suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach Is there a link between the young man 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 crimeFull 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 exceptional powers Swedish review Oanade konsekvenser r den f rsta Thomas Lynley och Barbara Havers boken jag har l st p flera r, men det k nns inte alls som om jag har missat n got trots att jag tminstone inte har l st de senaste 10 b ckerna om inte fler Jag m ste erk nna att jag var lite tveksam till boken innan jag b rjade Men s r den ver 600 sidor l ng och av erfarenhet vet jag att f r att lyckats f l sarna att inte tr ttna m ste ber ttelsen hela v gen ha ett flyt och tursamt nog hade boken det D Swedish review Oanade konsekvenser r den f rsta Thomas Lynley och Barbara Havers boken jag har l st p flera r, men det k nns inte alls som om jag har missat n got trots att jag tminstone inte har l st de senaste 10 b ckerna om inte fler Jag m ste erk nna att jag var lite tveksam till boken innan jag b rjade Men s r den ver 600 sidor l ng och av erfarenhet vet jag att f r att lyckats f l sarna att inte tr ttna m ste ber ttelsen hela v gen ha ett flyt och tursamt nog hade boken det Dock, m ste jag erk nna trots att den inte p n got s tt var tr kig s saknade jag n got med ber ttelsen, trots den intressanta storyn s k nde jag att jag aldrig riktigt f ngslades av ber ttelsen.Barbara Havers har tydligen beg tt grova klavertramp i ett tidigare fall och polischefen, Isabelle Ardery, hotar med att f rflytta Havers om hon p n got s tt g r n got verilat och det p verkar ber ttelsen d hon m ste bete sig exemplariskt Men, hon har Lynely p sin sida som en r ddande riddare som f rs ker f deras chef att f rst att Havers m ste f vara Havers, f r det r d hon r som b st som polis Men Ardery r inte den l ttaste att vertala, trots att hon och Lynely en g ng i tiden tydligen var v ldigt, v ldigt n ra varandra.Fallet med den m rdade f rfattaren Clare Abbott r intressant ven om det k ndes som om det tog en l ng tid innan allting kom ig ng, under de f rsta 250 sidorna h nde det inte s mycket f rutom att Abbotts personliga assistents son tog livet av sig Men sedan efter mordet p Clare Abbott s kom ber ttelsen ig ng och trots avsaknaden av sp nning s r boken nd mycket v lskriven och intressant att l sa.Efter att ha l st Oanade konsekvenser r jag r v ldigt sugen p att l sa om de b ckerna som jag har l st och sedan ta itu med de som jag har missat F r se bara n r jag f r tid till detTack till Norstedts f r recensionsexemplaret English review This is the first Thomas Lynley and Barbara Haver book I have read in years However, it did not feel like I have missed that much despite that I haven t read over 10 books probablyI was a bit doubtful towards the book before I started to read it It s over 600 pages long and I know as a reader that the author really needs to be able to write a story that keeps the reader interested all the way and a 600 page book is tricky Fortunately, the book manages to keep my interest all the way through However, I must admit that I felt that something was lacking with the story It was interesting to read, but I never felt totally engrossed with the story But, I enjoyed reading about Lynley and Havers again.Barbara Haver has apparently done something wrong in a previous case and Isabelle Ardery, the police chief is threatening to have her transferred if she does anything wrong again And, that means that Havers have to behave and that s hard for her but quite fun to read about Fortunately, she has Lynley on her side like a knight in shining armor and he is trying through the book to make Ardery understand that Havers need to be Havers to work, but Ardery isn t easy 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 story to get started Not much happened during the first 250 pages of the book except that Abbott s personal assistant s son killed himself But the story gotinteresting after the murder of Clare Abbott And, despite the fact that the book lacked any real thrilling moments was the book well written and I enjoyed reading it.I feel that now after reading A Banquet of Consequences do I want to read again the first book in the series and then read the ones that I have missed I just need to find some time for thatThanks Norstedts for the review copy As I closed this lengthy 573 pages new book in the Lynley Havers series and I breathed a sigh of relief Oh my goodness, I think Elizabeth George is back on track This was actually a good installment in the series After George killed off Lynley s wife and unborn child on their own doorstep, the series went amok She followed that incident with a book that was truly, in my opinion, horrible What Came Before Her and then issued four very mediocre novels with Lynley and Havers behaving very As I closed this lengthy 573 pages new book in the Lynley Havers series and I breathed a sigh of relief Oh my goodness, I think Elizabeth George is back on track This was actually a good installment in the series After George killed off Lynley s wife and unborn child on their own doorstep, the series went amok She followed that incident with a book 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 had really about given up but thought that I ll give it onetry I am glad I did This book goes back to the tried and true formula of being about an actual crime Clare Abbott, a renowned feminist writer, is found dead in her hotel suite while on a speaking tour At first it is thought to be a heart attack but after further investigation it turns out she was poisoned Attention turns to her assistant, Caroline Goldacre, and she is quite a piece of work Clare has one of the most dysfunctional families around One son commits suicide and her employer builds a monument for him What is the relationship between these two women Havers is still walking a thin line with her boss, Isabelle Ardery, who desperately wants her gone With the real threat of transfer hanging over her head, Havers must walk a very disciplined line and that is so hard for her Dorthea Harriman, the department secretary, tries to befriend her and this is hysterical Harriman is such a fashion plate and Havers is, well, not Harriman tries to take her shopping and then they try speed dating which is funny It s Havers taste in clothes that brings her in touch with Claire Abbott, the murder victim Lynley meanwhile is continuing his relationship with Daidre, the zoo veterinarian I think this thread is still a troubling part of the book It just doesn t fit and I find the relationship awkward It is just so unlikely I don t know why George keeps trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole No matter how many times you pound that peg, you just can t make it work It doesn t work Stop it I have a lot of time invested in this series I have read all the books as they come out They require an investment of time as they are all over 550 pages I have stuck to it through the very rough times when it appeared George had lost control of the series I am glad it s back on track with a very readable book The plot was interesting The characters were interesting Havers was back in form Now if she could only stop trying to force the Lynley relationship, things would be great Even so, I can recommend this book to all those readers who have stuck with George It is possible to read this as a stand alone and enjoy it but for long standing fans, it is a breath of fresh air Elizabeth George is on my short list of must read mystery writers Each book is huge, and the equivalent of comfort food I read a bunch of them all in a row a few years ago at a time when I needed something diverting, consuming but not too serious Since then, every few years a new one comes out and I sink right back into the world of Linley and Havers There have been ups and downs in the series some misses and some high points A Banquet of Consequences is no.19 in the series I was lucky Elizabeth George is on my short list of must read mystery writers Each book is huge, and the equivalent of comfort food I read a bunch of them all in a row a few years ago at a time when I needed something diverting, consuming but not too serious Since then, every few years a new one comes out and I sink right back into the world of Linley and Havers There have been ups and downs in the series some misses and some high points A Banquet of Consequences is no.19 in the series I was lucky to get an advance copy, and despite the horrible formatting of the copy I got I once again sank right into the story As usual, the story is told from the point of view of a few people involved in the mystery as well as Linley and Havers It s a device that works well, because in each book George takes you into the world of the victims and suspects which allows her to keep her books fairly diverse, and she also has a talent for creating good characters and complex human relations In this case, George definitely creates an interesting cast of characters, including a feminist author, her editor, her assistant, and the assistant s family the assistant s creepy borderline personality is particularly well done The relationships between these characters are well done especially between the author and her assistant As with George s last book, Havers is primarily in charge of this investigation, and that alone is a good recommendation for the book because she is a great character I will say noabout the story If you re familiar with Elizabeth George, this is a good addition to the series If you re not familiar with her books, it s a good series if you like your mysteries to be long, not too gritty, and focusedon human relations than police procedure You could read this one as a stand alone, but I suspect the experience is much richer if you re already familiar with the series Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy I ve long been a fan of the Lynley mysteries Literary crime fiction at it s best, with A Banquet of Consequences Ms George has hit top form once.I ll be honest and say since the series game changing event that occured in With No one As Witness I felt that the author lost her way a little whilst the ensuing novels were still good it lost a little something for me but in A Banquet of Consequences that little hiccup seems to have been shaken off and she is back to doing what she does b I ve long been a fan of the Lynley mysteries Literary crime fiction at it s best, with A Banquet of Consequences Ms George has hit top form once.I ll be honest and say since the series game changing event that occured in With No one As Witness I felt that the author lost her way a little whilst the ensuing novels were still good it lost a little something for me but in A Banquet of Consequences that little hiccup seems to have been shaken off and she is back to doing what she does best Delivering a tour de force of a crime story with our favourite characters heading back into normal territory and being those we love to read about.Havers is toeing the line Lynley finds he doesn t really like this after all There are some great humerous moments to be had around that and their interactions with Dorothea a character who I d like to see get a good dealpage time and at last I felt that both Lynley and Havers were regaining lost ground.Plus the trademark construction is back at its finest where the crime in question is explored from many angles, giving us a picture of all those caught up in it, from the before during and after What this author does incredibly well are people From all walks of life, those who end up on the radar of Lynley and Havers are always fascinating whatever their background In this case we have an author, a publicist, a mother who has lost a child to suicide and those that surround them the sheer intricacies of all the interpersonal relationships make for some great reading and it is utterly compelling throughout.As an entirety this series is simply stunning in its complexity, gorgeous prose, character building and addictive reading quality Despite the odd downturn, where I believe it s possible Ms George was grieving as much as her characters were, I would still highly recommend every novel that features Inspector Lynley and co.You can read any one as a standalone but I would recommend reading in order as far as possible if only to see the developing friendship between Lynley and Havers a dynamic duo if ever there was one.I loved it

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