An isolated Scottish mansion is the venue for a reading of a controversial new play by a West End theatre company. But on the very first evening, the playwright is savagely murdered, and Inspector Thomas Lynley faces the most testing case of his career. For one of the suspects is Lady Helen Clyde, the woman Lynley loves. And as he attempts to ...
An isolated Scottish mansion is the venue for a reading of a controversial new play by a West End theatre company. But on the very first evening, the playwright is savagely murdered, and Inspector Thomas Lynley faces the most testing case of his career. For one of the suspects is Lady Helen Clyde, the woman Lynley loves. And as he attempts to untangle the family scandals, fierce theatrical rivalries and long-buried secrets that beset the case, Lynley struggles to balance the clinical detachment of his job with the intensity of his feelings.
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I think this is one of the top stories Elizabeth George has done. Its twist and turns keep you engaged
Dec 11, 2008
Elizabeth George--Payment in Blood
I enjoyed reading this book. I have enjoyed every Elizabeth George book I have read so far. I started with her first book and I am trying to read them in sequence. The recurring characters all have such interesting lives. I like to read them in order so that I can keep track of what happens to the main characters. This author writes very well. She writes English murder mysteries but she is American. Figure that one out. 'Payment in Blood' was her second book that features Inspector Lynley and Sgt Havers. There were at least two murders which eventually our main characters solved. There was also a lot of heartache & suffering on the part of Inspector Lynley because the love of his life had found some else.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-05-25 Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton, is sent to Scotland to solve the death of playwright Joy Sinclair in what PW termed a ``vividly characterized story of murder and espionage with elements of theatrical life, British class consciousness and love gone awry.'' (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1989-07-28 Placing her own stamp on the traditions of Dorothy Sayers and P. D. James, George ( A Great Deliverance ) supports her vividly characterized story of murder and espionage with elements of theatrical life, British class-consciousness and love gone awry. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton, is sent to Scotland to investigate the murder of playwright Joy Sinclair. Her death had occurred as a company of stage greats, gathered by eminent producer Stuart Rintoul, Lord Stinhurst, was reading through the revised script of her latest play. Lynley's disquiet at being assigned to a case in Scotland is exacerbated when he discovers that his close friend, Lady Helen Clyde, was also on hand, in the company of director Rhys Davis-Jones. Learning that the revised play touched on secrets that nearly all the assembled cast might consider deserving of murder, Lynley struggles to balance peer loyalty and his personal anguish with objective police work. Assisted by fiercely egalitarian Sergeant Barbara Havers and by forensics expert and friend Simon St. James, Lynley forges through a thicket of deceptions, personal and nation-wide, to solve the mysteries of the first murder and one that follows, though not the mysteries of his heart. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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