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Payment in blood de Elizabeth George
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Payment in blood (edició 1989)

de Elizabeth George

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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.… (més)
Membre:DorothyEShepherd
Títol:Payment in blood
Autors:Elizabeth George
Informació:London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2003, c1989.
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Lynley and St. James investigate murder in Scotland to find that govt. is using Lynley to coverup old spy scandel
  ritaer | Apr 18, 2021 |
A theater company retreats to a remote estate in the Highlands to prepare for the opening of an upcoming play. As work begins it quickly becomes clear proposed changes will be hotly contested.

When the playwright gets a knife in her neck while in her locked bedroom, Scottish authorities call the Yard for assistance. Much to their displeasure Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Seargant Barbara Havers are sent to investigate. When Lynley arrives he is astounded to find his close friend Helen Clyde with a man she's entered a new relationship with. The fact that jealousy affects Lynley's investigation goes a long way in humanizing the great detective.

Though there are many characters and plot twists the author handles them smoothly and continues to sublety develop her recurring characters. This is just the second in the Lynley series and I'm more interested in following Lynley and Havers through the remaining eighteen than I was after reading the first. ( )
  clue | Mar 24, 2021 |
Op Westerbrae, een statig landhuis in Schotland, verzamelt zich een groep acteurs voor de allereerste repetities van een nieuw, controversieel toneelstuk. Dezelfde avond nog wordt de schrijfster van het stuk, de mooie Joy Sinclair, vermoord.
Scotland Yard draagt inspecteur Thomas Lynley op deze moord te onderzoeken en al gauw wordt duidelijk waarom juist hij op deze zaak is gezet: een van de verdachten is een bekende aristocraat en Lynley, zelf van adellijke afkomst, wordt geacht deze delicate zaak met de grootst mogelijke discretie af te handelen. Een stuitend geval van klassejustitie volgens Barbara Havers. Lynleys partner en onvermoeibare strijdster voor gelijkberechtiging, van wie in deze zaak dan ook collegialiteit kan worden verwacht. Een volgende complicatie doet zich voor wanneer lady Helen, de vrouw voor wie Lynley een diepe liefde koestert, zich onder de verdachten blijkt te bevinden, in gezelschap van een nieuwe minnaar.. Verblind door hevige passie en felle jaloezie dreigt Lynley de grens tussen professionele objectiviteit en persoonlijke betrokkenheid uit het oog te verliezen. Tot overmaat van ramp blijkt het bewuste toneelstuk dan ook nog eens genoeg materiaal te bevatten
om de hele cast een motief tot moord te geven....
  Lin456 | Oct 20, 2020 |
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 even more interesting, 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 had more of 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 through more than 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. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
A gentleman's word
honest as an actor's tears
faithful as a spouse. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
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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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