Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first minute to last, Banquet of Consequences reveals Lynley and Havers under pressure.
The 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 best-selling 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.
Soon Lynley finds himself investigating the London end of an ever more darkly disturbing case while Havers and DS Winston Nkata look behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.
©2015 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
I liked the narrator, Julie Teal, but I didn't like the book itself, the way the story develops. Too much so-called psychological insights that didn't add anything extra to the characters.
It was a typical case of "I thought so".
It probably will be made into one or two episodes of the Inspector Linley series by the BBC. Then it will be much more exciting because of the great acting.
Everyone knows the BEST thing in the Elizabeth George books is Barbara Havers, and in this book she back in her full glory. Of course, so is Isabel--whom we all hate--and Deirdre, Thomas Lynley's new love interest--what's with her? I haven't figured her out yet.
The first death doesn't occur until 6 hours into the book. But that was OK because there was enough Barbara in those first 6 hours to keep me interested.
Anyway, if you love the Thomas Lynley mysteries, you will be happy to know this one is back to the old formula, with Barbara getting herself into all kinds of trouble, but then redeeming herself at the end. And might she really start taking tap dancing lessons????
Next to One Evil Act (one of her best), this one might be my new favorite.
"Not one of her best"
Best - As always, I enjoyed the exploits of Barbara and Lynley and their interaction.Least - I really felt that the foul language used, so frequently, was unnecessary and quite spoiled the listening experience for me.
Yes, I would, but perhaps only if it was an older book that I had previously missed.
Yes, I think so.
The plot was rather drawn out and never that convincing.
It has lots of obscene language - should have a warning.
No - there are really good crime writers who do not use bad language.
The reading was fine.
Disappointment, read most of the other Elizabeth George.
How about some warnings on the books to say they contain foul language.
"One of the better Lynley and Havers books"
This seemed to be a slight departure in style from the rest of the series, but that said a welcome one. I always prefer Havers as a character (I think I'd dislike Lynley in real life) and she has a great role in this mystery
The sheer unpleasantness of some of the key characters and my realisation was truly memorable.
"Elizabeth George is back"
having felt the story drifting in the last book this is excellent. A good listen.
This series has evolved so well. This is is a complex plot, entwined in a family riven with personality disorders, dominated by a matriarch to whom the truth is a stranger. Add in 'ex'-es accidental deaths, mysterious circumstances and Havers's burning passion to solve and resolve, against the confines of the her position and employer, and the Lynley/Havers series continues to strengthen in maturity and complexity. A great listen.
"What an exquisite treat!"
Finally a new Elizabeth George. And what a wonderful treat. I enjoyed every minute of it, as the characters and the story unfold.
Very well read also, apart from the West Indian voice of Winston Nkata, which is very difficult to get right.
"Worst listen so far!"
A well written detective novel.
Some of it was well read, a difficult job for Julie Teal with such poor material.
Some of the accents were so diabolical I nearly turned it off a dozen times. The voice given to the black detective was excruciating. It's only because I left it on as background noise that I got to the end. I have read Elizabeth George before, but certainly won't again after this. The T.V. adaptations of Elizabeth George novels are very good, even though some characters (D.I. Lindley for example) are tiresome. I hope they don't adapt this ridiculous plot. I think the editor must have said, 'put some really sordid sex into this Elizabeth, doesn't matter about the story!'
"Not the best Lynley/Havers crime novel"
No. I found the voice and character of Dorothea Harriman completely out of character from previous books and the character of Caroline was impossible - most people raging at length with such foul language as she did would have been told to 'shut up!'. Elizabeth George has a very wide-ranging vocabulary but I find her use of words such as 'rozzers', 'digs', 'cops' very out-dated.
Yes. I enjoy the working relationship between Barbara Havers/Nkata/Lynley
Can't think of one
The book could have been about two hours shorter. The scenes where Dorothea Harriman is trying to smarten up Barbara Havers, find romance and other interests for her were preposterous, as was the reader's interpretation of D Harriman's character. The secretary of a Superintendent of police would never be such an air head and Barbara Havers is as she is and unlikely to want to change.
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