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A Banquet of Consequences (2015)

by Elizabeth George

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Other reviewers have written at length about the characters and multiple plot-lines in this latest novel from Elizabeth George so I won’t waste my time on looking for different ways to write about them – not least because I feel I have already wasted too much time reading this over-long story!
Although some of the novels in the Lynley/Havers series have been better than others, I have always looked forward to the latest instalment in the developing relationship between this unlikely pairing. However, this book was a huge disappointment and has left me feeling that I no longer care what happens to either of them. The story abounded with complex, often disagreeable, characters and multiple plot-lines; whilst I have no need to like every character in a book, for much of the time I didn’t feel convinced by anything. I thought that the author was trying so hard to weave in what had clearly been comprehensive research into personality disorders that, instead of creating interesting, three-dimensional characters, she ended up with what felt like one-dimensional caricatures! In fact, by the end of the 676 pages I decided that the most likeable character was Arlo, the PAD (psychological assistance) dog!
There were several occasions when I felt very tempted to give up on the story, it was only a hope that the familiar characters would finally engage my interest which kept me reading – even though I had a good idea “who dunnit” about half way through! I think that there was far too much padding throughout the novel and that it could have done with some serious editing – in my opinion it was about two hundred pages too long. ( )
  linda.a. | Dec 25, 2017 |
Swedish review

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. Jag måste erkänna att jag var lite tveksam till boken innan jag började. Men så är den över 600 sidor lång och av erfarenhet vet jag att för att lyckats få läsarna att inte tröttna måste berättelsen hela vägen ha ett flyt och tursamt nog hade boken det. 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, hon har Lynely på sin sida som en räddande riddare som försöker få deras chef att förstå att Havers måste få vara Havers, för det är då hon är som bäst som polis. 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. Men sedan efter mordet på Clare Abbott så kom berättelsen igång och trots avsaknaden av spänning så är boken ändå mycket välskriven och intressant att läsa.

Efter att ha läst Oanade konsekvenser är jag är väldigt sugen på att läsa om de böckerna som jag har läst och sedan ta itu med de som jag har missat. Får se bara när jag får tid till det...

Tack till Norstedts för 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 (probably more). I 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 got more interesting 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 that...

Thanks Norstedts for the review copy!
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  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
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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 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.

This was a long story with lots of character development and activity. The main suspect, Caroline, played a major part in the story, was very manipulative, talked a lot and was very annoying. Later, she went in a weird direction that I didn’t think fit the character. Although Elizabeth George did a good job with character development and tying up the loose ends of each character, there was too much of the Caroline character for me to enjoy the story. ( )
  gaylebutz | Nov 24, 2017 |
The #1 New York Times bestselling author's award-winning series returns with another stunning crime drama featuring Scotland Yard members Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Dectective Sergeant Barbara Havers.

You can never outrun your past. Redemption comes at a cost, and consequences can be deadly.

The book slowly played out the investigation -- at a pace though that is much truer to life than your typical one hour crime drama on TV. There were a large cast of characters, but even though put the book down a good number of times, one could still pick it up without losing the thread. Was a long book at over 600 pages and did get boggish in the middle. Lots of English phrases which enjoyed even though had to look a number of them up. Last hundred or so pages skipped along. ( )
  skraft001 | Nov 11, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book but the issue with Barbara Havers became tedious after a while. I do like the characters in this series and the story was quite interesting. I hope the office politics perspective is minimized in future books. ( )
  TGPistole | Aug 14, 2017 |
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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 desire and deceit. 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 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 exceptional powers.
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"As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder. 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? After various career-threatening issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with a bestselling feminist writer and her pushy personal assistant gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime" --… (more)

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