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Publisher's Summary

The producer of a troubled play invites the cast to spend the weekend in his remote Scottish Highlands estate to hash out the problems. When the housemaid finds the playwright murdered in bed, Thomas Lynley and his partner must unmask the villain.

©1992 Susan Elizabeth George (P)1992 Recorded Books

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Fair for Elizabeth George

I have read the 7 or 8 most recent Inspector Lynley novels and am a big fan. I went back to this which was an earlier book in the series and found the story only fair and it seemed to drag on, a bit tedious at times.

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Unacceptable ghost noises on recording

My husband is a recording engineer. When I asked him to identify the constant, annoying background noises on this recording of Payment In Blood, he quickly identified it as a poorly-erased earlier recording on the original media. It's not audible unless you listen on headphones/earbuds, but that's how I listen to recorded books. If you listen out loud, it won't concern you. But if not, you will want to avoid this book. It is so all-pervasive that it will drain all enjoyment of the book. I listen all the way, but I couldn't wait for the book to end. Wonder if I can get my money back.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Payment In Blood

Excellent writing as usual. The relationship between Inspector Lyney and his Sargent Havers, is so interesting, both from the opposite sides of the class system in England. As they solve the mysteries together neither one understanding the other, so lots of interesting interaction as they learn to understand the others world. I enjoy all Elizabeth George mysterys, glad she is such a prolific writer.

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  • 05-08-15

Glad I stuck w it!

I wasn't sure I liked this book at first. But one third of the way I was hooked! I really like the Lynley and Havers partnership. Looking forward to the next book :)

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Very slow going

Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Davina Porter?

Not sure if I will try another book by this author. I made it to the end of Part 1 then skipped to the end of part 2 so I could see who did it. I found this book to be very slow going and had a difficult time differentiating the various characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

Not sure if I will listen to another book by George?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davina Porter?

I liked the narrator's voice but for me the voices of the different characters was not clear enough for me to make out who was who. Perhaps the problem was there are so many characters that finding voices for all of them would be impossible for any narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I really liked the plot of this book and kept trying to plod along with it but just couldn't manage. Skipped to the end to see who did it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Davina Porter is divine

Wonderful reading of a thrilling, touching story. For those who are worried that they can’t find anymore true cozy British mysteries.

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loved it! excellent writing by Elizabeth George!!!

I love the Inspector Lynley series. Elizabeth George always keeps me in suspense. I'm going to listen to all her books!

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Enjoyable, but dated

Generally, I love Davina Porter, but I found her characterization of both Havers and Lynley to be discordant and her male voices not to be as good as usual. Her Helen was delightful.

As a modern police procedural, this seems very dated with no cellphones and limited computer usage. Finding clues by going through trunks for old theatre programs seems very hit or miss now.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful