“Another ingenious Lynley. What I love most about this series is that Inspector Lynley and Sgt. Havers don't start out liking each other, but they develop a mutual respect. That is what makes these characters and the situations they investigate so interesting. In this particular case, there was a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Another ingenious Lynley. What I love most about this series is that Inspector Lynley and Sgt. Havers don't start out liking each other, but they develop a mutual respect. That is what makes these characters and the situations they investigate so interesting. In this particular case, there was a personal element for Lynley which added to the tension and heightened the story. Well drawn characters and a developed plot create a wonderfully composed mystery. ”StarWars Fan! wrote this review Thursday, October 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really loved and was moved by the first Inspector Lynley mystery by Elizabeth George, A Great Deliverance. I know that when I first read it some years ago, I then read several of the next books in the series, of which Payment in Blood is the second. Yet, unlike A Great Deliverance, which I still found memorable and impressive on second read, I really couldn't recall Payment in Blood at all even after finishing. Nor did this come close to moving me to tears as the first novel did, so I'd say this doesn't quite match the earlier book.
Yet, on reading this, what struck me was just what a good writer I find Elizabeth George and how enjoyable it was reading her novel. The narrative really flows, the prose style is clean and more literate than what you usually find on the mystery aisle of the bookstore. George, like me, is an American, so I can't really know if she gets the details of British culture right, but it certainly is a skilful enough facsimile of the classic British murder mystery (of the locked room variety and set in a Scottish manor no less) to fool me.
I also like the recurring characters of Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Both are interesting in their own right and especially in contrast and partnered together. Lynley is the wealthy titled suave golden boy, and Havers the dumpy working class gal with a bit of a chip on her shoulder. I liked their building working friendship, and that it is a friendship--one of those rare male/female fictional detective partnerships where the dynamic isn't romantic. And I like that even though both are good at their jobs that George shows both bring biases and baggage to their work. That investigating a crime isn't all about cerebral deductions but can be derailed by prejudices--and both in that respect balance the other. Who these people are matters; it's not just about them being dropped into a case and playing God.
So, this is definitely an enjoyable and intelligently written mystery and I'll definitely be reacquainting myself with the series.”
“A good plot and cast of characters.”Susan B wrote this review Saturday, July 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The second in the Inspector Lynley series is a much, much better read than the first. Things are still strained between Lynley and Havers, but not nearly to the degree as the first. And Lynley has come to terms, in a way, with Deborah's marriage. All of this to say, Lynley's personal life seems to have settled a bit and he can now focus on his work. Good thing, too, because when he is pulled to Scotland to investigate the death of a playwright, he discovers his friend, Lady Helen, had primary access to the murder scene.
Twists and turns and red herrings and more. Elizabeth George is hitting her stride here, and crafts a classic British mystery. It's dark and brooding, but doesn't lose track of the case itself. I'm really excited to continue with this series.”
“Well-crafted plot. ”Sherry A wrote this review Sunday, November 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“excellent read,keeps you wondering who is the killer til the very end”margaret wrote this review Monday, July 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you love good mysteries, you'll enjoy the next one in the Inspector Lynley series. In Payment in Blood, Lynley and Havers are set to Scotland, when a young playwright is found murdered on a cold winter day. It's up to Lynley and Havers to find out why, when they talk to everyone in the theater company. When someone else gets killed, it makes them dig further into the background of family secrets, lies, betrayal and a cold case. For Lynley, he has a hint of jealousy to his lady love, Lady Helen Clyde. As they get closer to the truth, they close in further to the suspicions of one or two narrowed suspects, right before someone gets assaulted. Now it's a game of whodunit, right until the final end. What a rush!
“Fun to read, cliff-hanger with character development to boot. ”Kristin R wrote this review Friday, November 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3 STARS Not as great as the first one, but still a great mystery novel. In this one, Lynley and Havers go to Scotland at a B&B to solve the murder of a playwrite. Not only is Lynley surprised to see Lady Helen there, but it seems her room was the entry to the victim's. While Lynley focuses his jealousy and case on Helen's lover, Havers is looking at the well-to do Lord Stinhurst. ”Kris wrote this review Monday, October 31, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No