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.
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By justmurr on 28-06-16
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
It has lots of obscene language - should have a warning.
Has A Banquet of Consequences put you off other books in this genre?
No - there are really good crime writers who do not use bad language.
How could the performance have been better?
The reading was fine.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment, read most of the other Elizabeth George.
Any additional comments?
How about some warnings on the books to say they contain foul language.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Truffle on 01-08-18
Not a typical Inspector Lynley novel!!!!!
I have read/listened to just about all of the Inspector Lynley novels. I enjoy them and particularly like the long listen on audible.
This one seemed as if it was written by a different author. The content ended up rather dark and there was too much unnecessary offensive language. Why was Barbara Havers suddenly given such unsavoury phrases? The language was appropriate for the character with Tourette’s type affliction, but not in some other places. At least Lynley didn’t resort to the gutter!
Having said that I listened to the end and enjoyed the twists and turns of the story and the final reveal. I enjoy the inconsequential detail in the novels.
Generally the narration was good. But why on earth was Winston Nkata laughable accent allowed to spoil the narration? Someone should have pulled it and re-recorded it. It was ridiculous and spoilt many passages.
So in summary - not for the faint hearted or easily offended. And unless you’re prepared to laugh at the pathetic accent given to Nkata, it will drive you mad.
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By Barbara Stilwell on 29-05-18
From the opening paragraph to the end this books holds you in its intrigue. The narrator is wonderful and very easy to listen to. She makes the story come alive.
By Barbara on 31-05-16
Less exciting than other titels
What did you like best about A Banquet of Consequences? What did you like least?
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.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
It was a typical case of "I thought so".
Could you see A Banquet of Consequences being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
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.