A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Inspector Lynley has seemed a little lost since Helen's death, and the author has been trying different things to move him (and the series) forward. This is the first one where I've thought she might succeed, but she desperately needs an editor to trip at least 100-200 pages. The earlier books were less fraught with emotional and inessential sidestory and much tighter as a result. Also, more Simon and Deborah, please.
As far as the mystery goes, there was a moment about 60% through where I thought I'd solved it but luckily it was the same mistake that Alistair makes. Very satisfying to have such good misdirection! But the ending felt very forced (I'm not sure I believed in India's decision, and if Havers is heading in the direction I think she is... just no. Please not!). At least Isabelle is giving Havers more "rope" so the next book will, I hope, see her and Lynley together again and working as they used to.
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