A Banquet of Consequences

A Banquet of Consequences

A Lynley Novel

Book - 2015
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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Barbara Havers are drawn from Cambridge to London as they investigate any possible connections between the suicide of a young man who leaped to his death from a Dorset cliff and a murder by poisoning in Cambridge.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780525954330
0525954333
Branch Call Number: MF GEORGE, ELIZABETH
Characteristics: 576 pages ; 25 cm.

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cambridgedon
Aug 02, 2018

Crikey, where do I begin on this 573 page chapterless beast? It's my first crack at this author and I've never seen the BBC adaptation. Was surprised to learn that Susan Elizabeth George is an American who does not live in Britain and is even more ancient than me. The book is slower than molasses and if you can endure the first 200 plus pages of atmospherics, you find it is very revealing as it captures the demoralizing British psyche as espoused by other ex-Brits like Holly Seddon or B.A. Paris or even the recent documentary on Eric Clapton. Interesting that the author uses 'vicissitudes' twice in the novel in exactly the same incorrect or narrow way (a clue) and also uses 'noblesse oblige' which if you take the concept in its broadest sense, describes what the novel is about. Harken to 'A Tale of Two Cities' - the greatest novel ever written - for an exemplar of same. If you're going to write a procedural, damn well write a procedural instead of this meandering blathering to avoid directly dealing with the unpleasant and disturbing subject matter. And this attempt at trying to use British slang like non-standard contractions (like c'n) and 'summat' for' something' is an exercise in futility which just infuriates the reader. I'm not sure I'm giving this writer another try.

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readerpat
Feb 20, 2018

I love the Inspector Lynly series on TV which is why I took this book out. I only read a few pages but had to put it down because of all the bad language.
They never swear on the TV show. Won’t be taking anymore of her books out.

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Sidus
Feb 04, 2018

Really involved with psychological explanations for everything and everybody!

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glicaangeljasper
Oct 20, 2016

Terrible read; awful editing. Felt compelled to give poor rating on Amazon also.

athompson10 Aug 21, 2016

After a couple of middling books in the Lynley series, the author is back on track in this one. A series of crimes, lots of suspects, well-drawn characters - Caroline is one of the most unlikeable ever created - and the return of Nkata, Havers, Dee and Ardery.

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nannerl
Jul 10, 2016

Loved this latest addition to the Lynley/Havers stories. Well written, compelling and the usual good chuckles resulting from the unvarnished, often crude perspectives of Barbara Havers. Totally surprised by the twist at the end, I thought I had identified the guilty party long before. Covers some interesting topics such as mental health, sex, crime and family secrets -- and while I disagree with George's limiting interpretation of what it is to be a feminist, her definition was important to moving the story along.

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Jeanneknits2
Jun 18, 2016

I've read all the "Lynley" novels and have enjoyed them all. This one is much better than the last two. Ms. George is back on track. While there are many, many details given that lengthen the book, in my opinion they provide a fleshing out of the characters and a real sense of place. She throws in so many red herrings and I found myself suspecting all of them by the end. A very satisfying read.

karcoldelharvic5 Jun 09, 2016

Made it to page 70 with a lot of effort and then quit. Very bland and much too wordy.

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Pschulte
May 17, 2016

It was a very immersing story

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Bookafterbook
May 09, 2016

Absolutely loved this novel. Lynley would not be Lynley without Havers. I do not regard the length of any book, but its content. And found this carried me along to the end, captivated.

I can see the Mad Max mentality, and the need for immediate gratification, is eroding the ability of people to think and enjoy. Don't rush, savour.

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