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Payment In Blood The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives and 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 Paperback edition Rating 3.875 of fiveThe Book Report Inspectory Thomas Lynley, aka the eighth Earl of Asherton, is a hard working man, but even he likes a few days rest after chasing from pillar to post in solving brutal crimes His rest is denied him by a call from his boss, at home, on a Sunday A murder has occurred, in Scotland, and only Lynley can be trusted to investigate because it involves a famous Peer of the Realm.Uh oh.Yeah, uh oh and in spades, as Lynley tromps ill temperedly up to Scotland whe Rating 3.875 of fiveThe Book Report Inspectory Thomas Lynley, aka the eighth Earl of Asherton, is a hard working man, but even he likes a few days rest after chasing from pillar to post in solving brutal crimes His rest is denied him by a call from his boss, at home, on a Sunday A murder has occurred, in Scotland, and only Lynley can be trusted to investigate because it involves a famous Peer of the Realm.Uh oh.Yeah, uh oh and in spades, as Lynley tromps ill temperedly up to Scotland where Scotland Yard has no legal standing and no authority and no utility, except in the titled person of Lynley himself He s quite clearly if subtly warned Lord Stinhurst, eminence of the London theatrical world, isn t to be troubled about small things like guilt or innocence or such like plebeian goings on He s to be softly and swiftly shuffled out of the line of fire So what does Lynley do He brings Sergeant Barbara Havers, well known to have a classist chip on her shoulder, to assist him, and he allows her a lot of leeway to poke and snoop and generally cause discomfort to the comfortable uppercrusties I suspect Lynley, were he corporeal, would ve worn a small, snarky smile throughout this investigation As the investigation proceeds, awful truths come out, lives are ruined, others are altered, and some few are lost but no one is spared from the terrible cleansing fires of truth Even those one might wish could be No bond, no tie, no feeling is safe when Elizabeth George goes to work.My Review Good stuff Unless you don t like puzzles or suspense or characters so real you d swear you have their cell numbers somewhere if you could just find em, don t hesitate to start this series A Great Deliverancestarted slowly because we could not tell who the protagonists were The CID partnership needed working out and we disliked Barbara Thomas squirmed over Deborah s marriage to Simon There was a lot to navigate and the crimes were abhorrent However, there came such an ecstatic reunion for a Mother that this and elements I appreciated, vaulted my feedback to five stars Now Barbara Thomas work together well and are friends and the sweet Simon Deborah reappear InexplicaA Great Deliverancestarted slowly because we could not tell who the protagonists were The CID partnership needed working out and we disliked Barbara Thomas squirmed over Deborah s marriage to Simon There was a lot to navigate and the crimes were abhorrent However, there came such an ecstatic reunion for a Mother that this and elements I appreciated, vaulted my feedback to five stars Now Barbara Thomas work together well and are friends and the sweet Simon Deborah reappear Inexplicably, Thomas moons over Helen Everyone disapproves of her dating a Welshman, member of a theatre troupe who were housed where a murder occurred.Further to delaying the familiar personages, Elizabeth kept switching the names of the troupe, who are related to one another Even I strained to solidify who was who and I am great with detail You have seen me write often, about disliking people called by their last names Never have I justified how poorly that serves, better than I do here Dialogue employs first names, narration tends towards last names, and nobility titles mix in three appellations to juggle per person The troupe comprised ex wives and sisters, which name shifting muddled Finally, the murder was a bore, amid dislikeable suspects.Suddenly, past one hundred pages, a layer of interest emerged I associated the change with clicking into the easy gear of a bicycle The ride becomes a dream transporting, without effort The deaths that week end should have nothing to do with a small town death, nor that of the director s brother located apart, years ago Barbara has intuition her boss is too closely invested to share She and Simon settle loose ends that were missed Personal and case wise, Payment In Blood , 1989, jerked to a close anticlimactically However, I grant four stars and look forward to the next story My first audiobook of the year, and immensely enjoyed it.I have read this book earlier, a decade or so ago, but jumbled up in the series, and last year decided to read this police procedural series in order, as the emotional lives of the police and their near and dear ones are given as much importance as the crime and its solution This book deals with a closed room murder of a much hated playwriter in a stately mansion turned hotel on a snowy winter night The house is inhabited by the people i My first audiobook of the year, and immensely enjoyed it.I have read this book earlier, a decade or so ago, but jumbled up in the series, and last year decided to read this police procedural series in order, as the emotional lives of the police and their near and dear ones are given as much importance as the crime and its solution This book deals with a closed room murder of a much hated playwriter in a stately mansion turned hotel on a snowy winter night The house is inhabited by the people involved in producing the play, among them, being lady Helen Clyde, DI Thomas Linley s close friend Lynley and his assistant Barbara Hayworth are at loggerheads when it comes to suspecting whodunit.andmurders occur.It was a taut, well.written murder mystery, which was solved impeccably towards the end, but with lots of emotional upheaval A final older detective series I plan on continuing to buy these at HPB when I see one. Good Lord, could a story be anyconfusing Do all of the characters have to be having affairs with each other either in this book, or as part of their back stories Do in laws really have sex with each other as much as they do in this novel Do most of these characters have to have 3 or 4 names I wish the author could have decided whether or not to use their first name, surname, peerage title, or professional title and then STUCK WITH THAT If you can keep all these characters strai Good Lord, could a story be anyconfusing Do all of the characters have to be having affairs with each other either in this book, or as part of their back stories Do in laws really have sex with each other as much as they do in this novel Do most of these characters have to have 3 or 4 names I wish the author could have decided whether or not to use their first name, surname, peerage title, or professional title and then STUCK WITH THAT If you can keep all these characters straight than you are smarter than I am I was exhausted after trying to muddle my way through this book I broke my cardinal rule after 8 chapters, and skipped to the end just to see who done it.I am not tempted to read anyof this series I m reading the Inspector Lynley novels out of order having been deterred from reading them for years by the rather mediocre TV series, I was hugely impressed when I eventually got round to reading some of therecent books in the series I m now catching up with the earlier novels.This one was certainly compelling enough lots of intriguing subplots, twists and red herrings but the faults of the series were amplified and I felt the book lacked the originality which lifts the later book I m reading the Inspector Lynley novels out of order having been deterred from reading them for years by the rather mediocre TV series, I was hugely impressed when I eventually got round to reading some of therecent books in the series I m now catching up with the earlier novels.This one was certainly compelling enough lots of intriguing subplots, twists and red herrings but the faults of the series were amplified and I felt the book lacked the originality which lifts the later books above much of the genre.My biggest peeve with George is that at times she peddles a Theme Park England a fantasy England which US readers would like to believe exists, but actually doesn t The whole aristocracy obsession in the series drives me nuts it s neither true to life in the UK, we don t tug our forelocks to anyone with a title anyYou wouldn t be able to influence a police investigation just by pointing out you were an earl And I m pretty sure that not many 20 something posh girls and guys have a live in full time servant in their London pied a terre, either, despite the fact that pretty much everybody in the series does nor particularly attractive to anyone who believes in democracy and meritocracy Thankfully, she s backpedalled from that a bit in the later novels in the series, but here she s in full feudal worship mode.I feel she s trying to meet the dual needs of her American readership allowing them to indulge their fantasies about being a lord at the same time as allowing them to, hypocritically, feel smug about the fact that they live in a society where such class distinctions have been abolished rather than painting a genuine picture of British life.I also felt that the book creaked under the cliches of the genre the isolated country house mystery set up, the melodramatic theatrical setting and the picture of theatrical life also felt very unrealistic British theatre just does not work as depicted in this novel Judging it purely as a mystery novel, the journey was very exciting, but the arrival at the final destination was a bit of a letdown the reveals were predictable and or quite dull, although the building of tension and juggling of alternative possibilities earlier in the novel had been deftly done I loved George s first book in this series and this follow up was another solid entry At first it started out somewhat reminiscent of Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None, a group of people coming together at a remote site and voila, murders Someone is the killer but who About halfway through you realize there ishere than meets the eye and the last quarter, I was like WHAAAT In a good way.Secrets revealed that had long stayed hidden may motivate the killer to murder again Alo I loved George s first book in this series and this follow up was another solid entry At first it started out somewhat reminiscent of Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None, a group of people coming together at a remote site and voila, murders Someone is the killer but who About halfway through you realize there ishere than meets the eye and the last quarter, I was like WHAAAT In a good way.Secrets revealed that had long stayed hidden may motivate the killer to murder again Along with the storyline itself, I really enjoyed the characters sent to investigate the murder Lynley, Havers, St James, in addition to their friend colleague Helen who has gotten mixed up in the mess UPDATE 2 13 18 marvelous even on re reading the murders were complicated and the tension maintained throughout but the essence of the story is the way those murders impact EG s continuing characters, and the relationships between those characters Barbara Havers my favorite plays a major role in this one I read this at least a decade ago, and am re reading it now to take another look at the outstanding way EG, one of my favorite authors, frames a story This comes as I am edi UPDATE 2 13 18 marvelous even on re reading the murders were complicated and the tension maintained throughout but the essence of the story is the way those murders impact EG s continuing characters, and the relationships between those characters Barbara Havers my favorite plays a major role in this one I read this at least a decade ago, and am re reading it now to take another look at the outstanding way EG, one of my favorite authors, frames a story This comes as I am editing the first half of the sequel to A FLOOD OF EVIL and organizing the scenes for the second half Looking to learn from a master I really don t have much to say except this one was so ridiculously good I loved everything about the case that Lynley and Havers are called into look at First, because it actually showed that Lynley had flaws Two, because it showed Lynley that he was blind to something that was in his face for a long time Third, because in the end the cases that Lynley and Havers got set on were not connected the way that they and even I as a reader understood at first This book reminded me of the best of I really don t have much to say except this one was so ridiculously good I loved everything about the case that Lynley and Havers are called into look at First, because it actually showed that Lynley had flaws Two, because it showed Lynley that he was blind to something that was in his face for a long time Third, because in the end the cases that Lynley and Havers got set on were not connected the way that they and even I as a reader understood at first This book reminded me of the best of Christie Payment in Blood is the second Inspector Lynley book Lynley is called up to investigate when a playwright, Joy Sinclair is found murdered in the Scottish Highlands And to make matters eveninteresting, Joy Sinclair is found in a room that was locked Lynley at first is puzzled why New Scotland Yard is even involved and why he is being called in when he s off However, it quickly is shown that the people involved are fellow aristocrats and perhaps Lynley is needed to smooth over things When Lynley arrives and finds one of his best friends Lady Helen there it ends up throwing in a wrench in the investigation and their relationship In the end, Lynley and Havers working together and separately have to find out who murdered Joy Sinclair and why I thought the cast of characters in this one was great We have Lynley, Havers, Lady Helen, St James, St James s wife, and a few others we know about from the first book.There is a new wrinkle in the case because Lady Helen is obviously involved with someone new which is coloring Lynley s perception of the case And Lynley is being moved around without realizing it too which causes Havers to be focused on making sure that whatever happens he is protected when the case is over I actually liked how Havers and Lynley have seemed to truly become partners over the 15 months that they have been working together Though Lynley thinks that Havers has a chip on her shoulder against anyone who is a peer like him, I think it s mostly that Havers doesn t want to see a case be dropped because the rich are able to grease the right hands I do wish that we hadof her POV in this one instead of dealing with Lynley acting like a brat towards Lady Helen The new characters were fascinating to me though We had Lord and Lady Stinhurst, their daughter Elizabeth, Lord Stinhurst s sister, Joy Sinclair s sister, the sister s husband a famous actor who is also a louse , the director of the play and Lady Helen s lover, and a famous actress and her husband I am curious though what happens to a few of the female characters that George focused in on this one It doesn t seem as if she will follow up or refer to people like Christie did If so though, it would be nice I thought the writing was good though as I said in the first book I reviewed, the plot moves slow This is the main reason why though I gave it 5 stars I didn t mark it as a favorite It felt like we were just hearing about minute details throughthan half the book before things started to click together Also some things felt a bit out there when you see how George ties things up The setting of the book takes mainly in the old Scottish home that is about to be turned into a hotel I wish that George had pulled a Christie and included a drawing of the rooms and where all parties were I had it mapped out in my head though and was trying to work through who could have done it The other reason why I didn t favorite this one is because I honestly didn t like the ending Lynley was wrong and I felt badly for Lady Helen I hope that this gets discussed in the next book


About the Author: Elizabeth George

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation.Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.She was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was eighteen months old She was a student of English, receiving a teaching certificate While teaching English in the public school system, she completed an advanced degree in psychology.Her first published novel was A Great Deliverance in 1988, featuring Thomas Lynley, Lord Asherton, a Scotland Yard inspector of noble birth Barbara Havers, Lynley s assistant, from a very working class background Lady Helen Clyde, Lynley s girlfriend and later wife, of noble birth as well and Lynley s friends Simon and Deborah St James.This Elizabeth George is distinct from the other author named Elizabeth George Christian author.Series Inspector Lynley


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