Payment in Blood was the second in the Inspector Lynley series, following A Great Deliverance. I read this the year it came out, which I think was in the late 80s. This is a traditional mystery and one that I enjoyed very much. The reader gets to know Lynley and his Sergeant Barbara Havers, along with Helen, all of whom are characters with recurring roles in the series. I highly recommend this one. I have thought about re-reading it for years.
From Library Journal
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.
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