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Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George

Payment in Blood (1989)

by Elizabeth George

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Series: Lynley/Havers Mysteries (2)

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non male ma ho preferito il primo. leggerò comunque anche gli altri, mi sto affezionando all'ispettore Linley :) ( )
  elerwen | May 29, 2019 |
The second Havers/Lynley mystery has a swirl of theater people that are a little hard to keep track of. All the usual class clashings and emotional melodrama that I've liked so far about this series... I don't typically read mysteries, but somehow this one is appealing. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
An early inspector Lynley book.
Although I've read a few later ones, it was nice to go back in time.
A British crime, class division, a bit of espionage & love... Perfect ingredients for a nice detective ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Feb 14, 2019 |
A big fan of Elizabeth George, I was disappointed with this one.

For a complete review click on the link below:

http://onerightword.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/payment-in-blood-elizabeth-george.htm... ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
A playwright is brutally murdered while staying at a Scottish castle turned hotel. The potential suspects were all involved with the play she was writing. Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers are called on the scene to assist in the investigation and their personal prejudices come into play when they look at the suspects at hand.

This book was a fun twist of the "locked room" mystery trope. Although the suspect pool was by default narrow, it was still anyone's guess for most of the book who the murderer was. There were a few places here and there where the text dragged a bit, but overall interesting characters and settings held my attention. The book is more on the "cozy" side of the mystery genre, but there is a bit of gore and other salacious details scattered throughout. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Aug 28, 2018 |
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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.
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Mazes of intrigue:
Murders, deceptions abound.
The end?  Life goes on.

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