I have always liked Havers, so I really feel sorry for the way she is treated by her superior officer. What makes her a good detective is her gut instinct and the terrier like grip on the cases she works on. She isn’t interested in conforming her looks, behaviour and attitude towards work and life.
Unfortunately non of that gels with what the upper echelon of the police ranks believes she should look like or do.
I also think the author needs to give us back Lynley and Havers as a team. Havers and Winnie are amusing, but the Lynley and Havers bring in the gold. The way they bounce of each other in dialogue and actions is what has always made this duo so interesting.
Instead George has Lynley bouncing his upper class wit off Dorothea, Ardery and Dairdre. It is funny, however it doesn’t have the same charm as with Havers.
Then there is snobby ‘could do with a drink’ Ardery, who has it in for Havers. Sorry, there is only so much we will send you to the end of the earth blackmail, I can take. That particular sub-plot has become repetitive.
George likes to string and twist her plots in peculiar ways. In this story she casts a wide net (really wide) and slowly draws it in again (very slowly).
Personally I kind of liked the diabolical character of Caroline and the way her meddling ways seem just a little obsessive at the beginning. Just how disturbed she really is only becomes evident a lot later in the book.
Everything links together in the end with an admittedly uncomfortable and shocking ending. Very much a classic George, who doesn’t shy away from difficult topics.
As for Lynley, well I would like to see him back in field instead of pining over some female. Can’t he pine and work at the same time? Let’s get him back to solving crimes with Havers, whilst she is busy breaking rules. At the moment they are both bound by rules and bored till the point of madness.
George needs to either let them both back out of the box to play police together or let go of the two of them for good.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.