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on May 3, 2016
Elizabeth George writes wonderful mysteries. Originally I felt it was because she is English/British but discovered she is an American. The English write better books and produce better television than we ever could on this continent. Payment in Blood holds your attention and her storyline isn't the same or similar to the first Inspector Lynley book. Currently I have started book six in the Inspector Lynley series. They keep you wondering and are very entertaining. I don't pretend to be a book critic, however maybe there could be fewer characters in her stories, but that isn't really a complaint. I read for pleasure only and to be entertained and she does both of that for me.
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on June 29, 2014
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 got lost along the way. It did NOT turn out as I suspected, which is a good thing...a surprise ending in a murder mystery is always appreciated. I am enjoying the character development with Lynley and his friends and co-workers.
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on July 24, 2016
GREAT BOOK.
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on June 5, 2016
I found this story slower to develop compared to others in series also less interesting.
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on November 18, 2014
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.
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on April 18, 2016
Very good.
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on April 22, 2017
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on December 22, 2016
“Payment in Blood” is set in a country manor which is being developed as a resort. A theatre troupe is assembled there to read through the script of their upcoming play when the playwright herself is brutally murdered in her bed.
You can tell already that this is in the classical British murder mystery genre a la Agatha Christie. It is set in a county mansion, where the characters assemble in the drawing room to be interviewed in turn by the police. It is imbued with the sense of the class division in British society and the manners and affectations of the upper class, with an underpinning of histrionics and overwrought emotions, be they connected with love, sex, marital infidelities and jealousies or professional status and reputation, “a tug-of-war of creative egos” as author George herself puts it.

The organization of the novel is quite ingenious: it is written as essentially a play within a play, the play they have assembled to rehearse within the play about the murder, with each character playing his or her role on the two levels.
The Scotland Yard team attending, Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers are a dramatic contrast: he a titled aristocrat and a cool detached analytical police officer and she an emotional, often impulsive one with a prominent chip on her shoulder regarding the British class system. The interplay between them is a highlight of the book, particularly because they have two diametrically opposed perceptions of where the investigation should focus.
There is a lot of detail regarding the personal history and current circumstances of the characters, which reveals that most of them have potential motivations for the murder. As well, there are numerous facts which may or may not be relevant as clues. The reader will find it challenging to follow the amount of detail in this complex plot.
The book verges on the melodramatic, but that is indeed part of the fun. This is a very entertaining read.
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on March 13, 2002
Even though George paints a somewhat old-fashioned portrait of English life, she is still able to write very very good mysteries.
Her detecive thrillers are clever, intuitive, have nice twists, good, well evoked settings, and are very well written, if somewhat OVER written.
the mystery here is first class as ever. she writes with the style of agatha christie, and comes up with solutions that the dead queen would be proud of. It is only a shame that Lynley is not quite as interesting as Poirot. However, the relationships the main characters 5 characters really are VERY interesting. they add weight, credibility, and realism to the story. they add a more personal and intimate side, and prove an ongoing drama to mix with that of the different crimes which come up in each book.
She is very good at drawing her character, and very good at coming up with agatha christie style plots. her psychology is accurate, and her writing very descriptive.
Definitely worth a read. This second book was very very good. So far, i dont think she written a bad one, and i've read nearly all of them. A good build up A Great Deliverance, and got the series off to a really smashing start.
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on October 29, 2000
I enjoy the Lynley/Havers series very much and found this book very hard to put down. The central mystery involves the death of a Playwright on a Scottish estate and the cast of suspects that were involved. The story moves from the estate to various other locations which keeps the reader interested.
There were some problems that I had with the story. There were too many characters and sub-plots involved that took away from the main mystery- including the romantic turmoil of Lynley and some past crimes. There was also a conspiracy plot thrown which only took away from the main mystery.
I did like the character development and I did feel for Lynley and Havers at various times during the novel. This is still a good mystery to add to your collection and I will continue to follow this series.
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