Payment in Blood

Payment in Blood

Book - 1989
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The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives an eighteen-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country where they have virtually no authority, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grapple for both a motive and a murderer. Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain's foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully through the complicated terrain of human relationships while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1989.
ISBN: 9780553057010
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 17 cm.


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Jan 06, 2021

Smart mystery with character deepening from the first novel. The end probably would have been stronger if written more recently but solid and enjoyable plotting.

Aug 19, 2016

With this 2nd installment in her Thomas Lynley series, Elizabeth George draws heavily on the traditions of Sayers, Tey and Christie -- Golden Age writers who repeatedly mixed theatrical artisans into mysteries set amid the English Country Set and did so with very entertaining effect. Originally published in 1989, with "Payment in Blood" George proved herself able to handle the comparisons while showing us characters of our time.

rowanquincy May 02, 2015

One of the best Lynley/Havers books. Sgt Havers is one of my all time favourite detectives and she is featured well here. An engaging read.

Jul 08, 2010

Like the first book in the Lynley series, the characters are more interesting than the mystery.


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