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
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1 out of 5 stars
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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Phil davis on 17-08-17


Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Incredibly slow, takes 4 hours to start the main story, but then warms up.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?


What three words best describe Julie Teal’s voice?

accents terrible

Did A Banquet of Consequences inspire you to do anything?


Any additional comments?

The narrator is fairly good but when it comes to Nkata, who is a black Londoner the accent is more like a bad Welsh accent.

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3 out of 5 stars
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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By K. on 21-04-16

Yippee! Barbara Havers is back!

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.

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