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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."
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The much acclaimed author of A Great Deliverance delivers her challenging second novel--a literate, vastly detailed, and intricately characterized piece which progresses from a frigid Scottish manor house/hotel to a swarming, theatrical London. Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley (series detective and Earl of Asherton), unexpectedly assigned to a gory stabbing murder, uncovers deeply hidden family secrets and various psychological convolutions among suspects, but allows personal jealously to color his choice of prime suspect. A bit mechanical in places, and slow-moving in others, but steadily absorbing and masterful overall. The upcoming author tour should boost demand --especially from readers of George's first.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Elizabeth George develops her characters so well, well written, and a great mystery to boot!Published 9 months ago by Janet Whittingham
I've read most of the Inspector Lynley mysteries. This is one of, if not the, best. Twists and turns galore, and a marvellous development of character.Published 12 months ago by GeoEng51
A great continuation of the series (book #2). This novel was fairly complicated in terms of plot and I actually had to write down the characters and their inter-relationships as I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Deborah M Rose
This mystery has some highly entertaining moments although the story dragged a bit and my mind wandered a lot. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2007 by Toni Osborne
Unlike the first book in this series, "Payment in Blood", there is actually a mystery about who the culprit is, but I actually didn't find this book as riveting. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2005
This novel is an interesting mixture of a big-country-house mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie and a much deeper study of the way that humans can fundamentally hurt and... Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by Martha E. Nelson
The mystery in this book was a bit more complex than that in George's first book in this series: the solution was not as apparent. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by BeachReader
Payment in Blood is one of my favorite Elizabeth George mysteries -- primarily because it involves the theatre world and as someone who has worked in the theatre, I enjoyed seeing... Read morePublished on July 3 2001 by Brian Devinney