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Payment in Blood (1989)

by Elizabeth George

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Series: Lynley & Havers (2)

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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.… (more)
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Another good Lynley mystery. I'm glad I started to read the books. It's interesting to see how Lynley and Haver's relationship has changed even from the first book and yet stayed the same. It's also interesting to see the impulsivity that characterizes Lynley's later relationships, especially with Helen. ( )
  pacbox | Jul 9, 2022 |
Ah, what a disappointment. I lost track of who slept with whom and why, and also Lynley in his idiotic unfounded jealousy was super annoying. And super stupid. ( )
  alissee | Dec 8, 2021 |
A classic locked room mystery set in the remote Scottish Highlands. Aristocratic Inspector Thomas Lyndley and his working class partner Sgt. Barbara Havers continue to be the perfect foil for the other. ( )
  wandaly | Aug 12, 2021 |
I’ve already said how much I like this series in my review of the first book and how much I enjoy Elizabeth George’s prose, so I’m just going to use this one to say: seriously BBC? You left out like half the book when you adapted it and just kept the bare bones of what happened, not to mention cutting out not one but TWO subplots and leaving most of the episode to Lynley mooning over Helen. Anyways, always remember that the book is generally better, kids, and we’ll leave it at that. ( )
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
Lynley and St. James investigate murder in Scotland to find that govt. is using Lynley to coverup old spy scandel
  ritaer | Apr 18, 2021 |
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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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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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