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Book Review: Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley series #2) by Elizabeth George

It is so easy to pick books when you have zeroed down on an author. Though it took time for me to get accustomed to Elizabeth George, for she writes on human relationship like no other with such distorted relationships brought to forefront that may make you question humanity. And this is the reason it took me time even after glowing reviews from my friend Addy, but yes, I did persist in start liking Elizabeth’s writings.

Payment in Blood, the second book in Lynley series (the first one being A Great Deliverance) brings with it yet another twisted reasons to murder a person. The time I read a scene with the description of murder so brutal of a very young man (16 year old, a boy still, right?) murdered with a knife from back and pushed into hot boiling water pipe in a way that the boy could feel burning water flowing between his skin and clothes and when at last, he was taken out, he was still alive with his skin and clothes all moulded into one though he died soon after. Gruesome, no? The description in the book was even more so. And that is what the reaction was of my husband when I told this part to him and he questioned me why do I read such books in the first place. I think I am growing more immune to anything that happens around me, except of course that which concerns my little boy Aaru.

Coming back to the book, it is a typical Elizabeth George with emotions and relationships at play of the murder victims and the murdered and separate stories of the detectives Lynley and Havers and the other side characters. This is yet another must-pick-up book if you have read her first book, but please please read these books in chronological order because there is so much more back story about the detectives in these books.

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Book blurb:
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.

About the author:

Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.

A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:Payment in Blood
(Inspector Lynley #2)
Author:Elizabeth George
Publication Year:1990
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