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Payment in Blood
Other books by this author that I've reviewed include A Great Deliverance, Well-Schooled in Murder, A Suitable Vengeance, For the Sake of Elena, Missing Joseph, Deception on His Mind, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, A Traitor to Memory, A Place of Hiding, Playing for the Ashes.
Third, chronologically, and second publication-wise, the Inspector Lynley detective mystery revolves around the aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, of Scotland Yard.
Payment in Blood involves murders, cover-ups, and suicide amongst a group of theatrical people.
The story starts at a country house in Scotland in the middle of winter where the group has planned an initial run-through of a new play, although it proves to be a much newer play than anyone had anticipated.The past of over 20 years has come back to haunt several of our participants and too many motives and too many suspects without a credible bit of evidence make a difficult task for Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers. All of which leads to a series of life-changing decisions and revelations for many.
Excellent read. I had figured out who the 1973 murderer was and then was distracted by George’s writing onto the wrong person. Excellent depiction of a man driven by jealousy to the possible cost of his career and how he gets through it with the help of his friends. It’ll drive me nuts now until I can get hold of Well-Schooled in Murder!
The Cover and Title
The cover is amazingly discreet in its display of blood on the pile of lacy pillows — mustn’t get messy, must we…! Although the title is ever so accurate in its applications.