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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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  • Hamish
  • Rock Valley
  • 11-05-2018

a long banquet with lots of consequences

It's a decent enough story - yes - it keeps you interested - up to a point - because you think you're going to get to the meat of the issue at some stage - and yes - the characters are finely drawn and all the rest - but OMG - i think the book could have been written in half the time - you listen to these b!@@#y english people moaning, catastrophising, overcomplicating everything and carrying on from the beginning til the end - (I must have screamed out: "Just stop yabbering and say what you think!" about 5 times at the stereo) and right when you get to the crux - the author just glosses over it!! I listened for 20 hours waiting for the great game-of-cat-and-mouse interview - I was sure it was coming - you know - where the cop corners the killer into getting the confession - does it ever come? nope! Ultimately unsatisfying.

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Worth the effort

The Story takes a little while to develop, but it is well worth the effort. In the end it becomes quite intoxicating with it twists and turns. This is my first novel by Elizabeth George and her well worn characters. I had no trouble in following the back story of the main characters and am now progressing to their stories. The back stories of the characters did not ruin the current story and has sparked my desire to discover how things came about and get to know the characters better. I am going to follow the stories in reverse in order, - so nice to find a new author that one enjoys.

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  • Jean
  • West Australia
  • 20-01-2016

Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to A Banquet of Consequences the most enjoyable?

Love inspector Lynsey and Haversack

Any additional comments?

All Elizabeth George Novals are a pleasure to listen to but not all are available Sadly

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  • Barbara Stilwell
  • 29-05-2018

Amazing

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.

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  • Barbara
  • 31-05-2016

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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  • Starr
  • 21-04-2016

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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  • justmurr
  • 28-06-2016

disappointing

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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  • Truffle
  • 01-08-2018

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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  • jane joensen
  • 19-07-2018

Barbara Havers is back ...

I like this book very much. It is written in the usual Inspector Lynley style. I do like a book that switches between different views of the same story. You are kept guessing :-) There is one drawback though and that is the fact that someone decided to make all phone calls sound as if you are listening to the caller through a telephone left dangling on the cord. I found that a nuisance and not necessary at all..

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  • Buggymom
  • 08-06-2018

A good book.

I had no problem finishing this book. it was well written and an interesting story. A few surprise twists. A few moments of frustration with certain characters. My only real complaint is the narrator's voice of Nkata. It occasionally journeyed towards Welsh at times and I found it a bit off putting. Not enough to spoil the book though. I would recommend it to fans or Linley and newcomers to the series.

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  • Rosemary White
  • 06-06-2018

Satisfying

I almost returned this book before I was far in due to the unexpected Tourette's outburst by one of the main characters, it filled me with dread, to be honest, I certainly wasn't looking forward to much of that. I left it for a couple of days then skipped a couple of chapters and I'm glad I did because this main character suicided. Now that isn't as awful as it sounds because he remains a major player all the way through. Bear with me. The story unfolds with many threads and storylines gradually woven together to make a wonderfully complex and satisfying tale. The "baddie" is signposted readily enough but to get to court takes a deal of work and all this comes together well. The only downside is the narrator. For the most part she does a fine job.. Except for one character to whom she gives a strange and bizarre accent. He is described as being London born, of African parents. The dialogue suggests Essex/cockney, innit, but his "voice" is clumsy and unbelievable. And it took many times of hearing him say Bub before I realised the word was Barb, the name. Honestly I don't know what Julie Teal was thinking when she settled on the accent. It's truly Cringe-worthy and I never got used to it. Having got that off my chest, I still think this is a good book.

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  • Phil davis
  • 17-08-2017

Slow

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?

Yes

What three words best describe Julie Teal’s voice?

accents terrible

Did A Banquet of Consequences inspire you to do anything?

No

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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  • Seaspray, Hants
  • 20-05-2017

Disappointing

I usually enjoy Elizabeth George but this one was disappointing. Unnecessarily crude sexual metaphors.

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  • Janette
  • 24-11-2016

Excellent end to the trilogy

Very good book the author still thinks the police are in the 1930s but by all the little errors it is still a great listen
The narrator attempt to voice a West Indies London accent is worth the listening alone made m laugh out loud, but well read in every other way.

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  • Rose
  • 20-07-2016

Not one of her best

What did you like best about A Banquet of Consequences? What did you like least?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

Yes, I would, but perhaps only if it was an older book that I had previously missed.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Julie Teal?

Yes, I think so.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

The plot was rather drawn out and never that convincing.

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  • Helen
  • 25-06-2016

One of the better Lynley and Havers books

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Banquet of Consequences?

The sheer unpleasantness of some of the key characters and my realisation was truly memorable.