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Keiner werfe den ersten Stein (Inspector Lynley #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  9,789 ratings  ·  337 reviews
In den schottischen Highlands herrscht tiefster Winter, und Westerbrae, ein Country-House wie aus dem Bilderbuch, ist von der Welt abgeschnitten - ideale Voraussetzung für eine prominente Londoner Theatergruppe, um ungestört ein neues Stück zu proben. Doch schon am ersten Morgen wird aus den Proben tödlicher Ernst: Joy Sinclair, die junge Autorin, wurde kaltblütig erdolcht ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Goldmann (first published 1989)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.875* of five

The Book Report: Inspectory Thomas Lynley, aka the eighth Earl of Asherton, is a hard-working man, but even he likes a few days' rest after chasing from pillar to post in solving brutal crimes. His rest is denied him by a call from his boss, at home, on a Sunday: A murder has occurred, in Scotland, and *only* Lynley can be trusted to investigate because it involves a famous Peer of the Realm.


Yeah, uh-oh and in spades, as Lynley tromps ill-temperedly up to Scotland whe
I'm reading the Inspector Lynley novels out of order - having been deterred from reading them for years by the rather mediocre TV series, I was hugely impressed when I eventually got round to reading some of the more recent books in the series. I'm now catching up with the earlier novels.

This one was certainly compelling enough - lots of intriguing subplots, twists and red herrings - but the faults of the series were amplified and I felt the book lacked the originality which lifts the later book
Sarah Messick-Milone
I'm not a huge fan of Elizabeth George, but I always finish every book of hers that I pick up. This one was actually one of her bests. The reviews on the back keep comparing George to P. D. James and though I think such a comparison is ludicrous, this Lynley mystery does read like a watered down James novel. The setting and set-up were classic, and the pace moved right along and kept my interest. The problem with this book, as with all George's book in my opinion, is her tendency to descend into ...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Inspector Lynley mystery series, 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 evi
This is one of a series of novels about Elizabeth George's creation Inspector Lynley and his sidekick Sergeant Havers. These two characters are a chalk-and-cheese coupling. The aristocrat Thomas Lynley is steeped in tradition but fighting his destiny, wanting more meaning to his life. The council-house bred Barbara Havers is an ambivalent character, saddled with an antipathy to all that Lynley stands for combined with a chip on her shoulder. Add to the mix a doomed romantic liaison and you have ...more
Lora King
A very good #2 book in the series. Two murders in Scotland, a suicide/murder in a small town outside London and secret espionage in the upper classes from 1962! Lots going on and all tied together. Inspector Lynley and Detective Havers are on the case. I love Havers and how she interacts with Lynley, love Simon St James and his wife, but Lady Helen I could do without. I was not a fan of hers at all in this book. Hopefully she will redeem herself in the next. I'm definitely hooked on this series ...more
Thomas Lynley, at 34 years of age, is a detective inspector with the CID at New Scotland Yard. He is very good at his job and well respected amongst his peers. And, in this book, that is the start of his troubles. For Thomas Lynley is a peer. He is Lord Asherton, the eighth Earl of Asherton, to be exact. And his presence is commanded by the upper echelon of the Yard when Stuart Rintoul, Lord Stinhurst, sixteenth or seventeenth Earl of Stinhurst, finds himself at the scene of a murder.

Lord Stinh
La seconda avventura della strana coppia Linley-Havers è molto diversa dalla prima, per numerosi motivi.
Innanzitutto la diversità e complementarietà dei due due protagonisti è qui fortemente sottolineata, fino a renderla elemento risolutore dell'intero caso: un espediente molto azzeccato, che permette di far crescere il rapporto fra i due colleghi.
L'ambientazione: la Scozia, un castello e un delitto "da stanza chiusa" che può piacere anche agli amanti del giallo più tradizionale.
I comprimari,
Scott Rhee
Another excellent murder mystery from Elizabeth George, "Payment in Blood" is, I think, the second in her series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley and partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. This one ironically utilizes just about every British murder mystery cliche in the book: a diverse group of people stuck in a small rural bed-and-breakfast, a victim found murdered in her bed, and a large list of suspects each with viable motives. The victim in this case is Joy Sinclair, a ...more
Once again, I must have read this years ago, but I didn't remember anything about it. In this 2nd outing, Lynley and Havers are sent to Scotland to investigate the murder of an playwright. There's something fishy about the assignment, and Havers is quick to conclude that Lynley was assigned because the chief suspect is a fellow peer. The investigation is complicated by the presence of Lady Helen Clyde and her current lover. Elizabeth George does a superb job of depicting the tensions between Hel ...more
Ik ken Lynley, Havers & co van tv, het is dus even wennen aan oa. een blonde inspecteur als Nathaniel Parker op je netvlies staat gebrand. Maar eens je daar over bent, is dit een zeer goede detective (geen thriller imo). Niet flitsend en goor zoals de hedendaagse boeken, maar zeer aangenaam en goed detectivewerk! Een hint van romantiek, 2 totaal verschillende personages (Lynley & Havers) en verschillende verdachten en misleidende sporen. Voor wie houdt van dit soort degelijk speurwerk is ...more
Not really impressed by this series, if this book is representative. The title character is veeeery aristocratic, and sensitive, and aesthetically refined, to a degree which makes Lord Peter look like a commoner; unfortunately, there is none of the witty amusing dialogue, so the whole story is rather humorless. Much ink is spilled portraying the way the inspector is torn between his upper class code and his code as an officer of the law, much Like in P. D. James series where the inspector is tor ...more
The second in the continuing Inspector Lynley/Sgt. Barbara Haver series, Payment in Blood like its predecessor is deftly plotted and densely populated. As with A Great Deliverance (which was recently named one of the best six mysteries of all time), I found it necessary to pause and make a list of all the characters. Fortunately I still had my previous list of the "Scotland Yard" personnel (Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley Eighth Earl of Asherton, his partner Detective Sgt. Haver, crippled for ...more
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This was the 2nd Lynley book. Lynley and Havers are sent to Westbrae, Scotland in a snowstorm to investigate the murder of a woman in her bed. The local police have been called off until the Scotland Yard detectives arrive. The prople staying at the renovated country house are a group of family members and their troupe of actors, plus Lynley's special friend, Lady Helen, who's been the guest of the director. Lynley is immediately suspicious of Jones and jealous that Helen preferred to be with hi ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of PD James
Recommended to Cindy by: Sue Christensen
Had a little trouble getting started with this book. Character names were similar and interconnections between the characters were multiple...but it was worth the confusion in the end. A great mystery In the British tradition!! George's development of the primary characters is masterful. I'm really enjoying this series of books. On to the next in line.
I really liked this second book of the series. Inspector Lynley is sent to Scotland to investigate the death of London playwright Joy Sinclair. Upon his arrival, he discovers that his very close female friend (love) Lady Helen Clyde was in the room next to Miss Sinclair and that the only access to the murder room seems to have been through Helen's room. This creates a problem for Lynley, since Helen is now a suspect. However, Lynley's suspicions really fall upon Helen's lover Rhys Davies-Smith. ...more
The good: George seems to have dropped Sergeant Havers' over-the-top behavior, so she's a bit less of a caricature than previously. The plot moved quickly and was very engrossing -- I kept wanting to sneak away from whatever I was doing and read a few more pages of the book.

The bad: the characters seemed a bit flatter than in the first book, and while the writing was still very good, it wasn't quite as impressive as in A Great Deliverance -- I didn't have to break out my dictionary once.

I think
Lucy Crowe
Well, it has happened. I so loved the last two Elizabeth George novels, I am now venturing back into the archives. I had never read "Payment in Blood" - in fact, it seems I have missed a few Lynley novels along the way! - and it is just as wonderful as all those that followed and preceded it. This novel finds Lynley and Havers at an isolated estate in Scotland, with little actual jurisdiction, and the suspects all gathered together beneath one roof. A tight, old-fashioned whodunit - I loved ever ...more
This is one of her best (I haven't read them all yet, maybe it is the best). The plot and subplots are good, there are nice twists, and the writing is quite good. The relationships between Lynley, Havers, Helen, and St. James are well limned. The one disappointment was the murderer; she could have fleshed him or her more thoroughly in earlier chapters.
I find mystery novels with unlikeable victims generally difficult to read. That said, beyond the rather disappointing plot, the development of the Lynley characters is not to be missed - particularly witnessing Lynley behaving abominably. If you read the whole Elizabeth George series, don't skip this one. Key to character development.
3.5 stars. A well-written, satisfying murder mystery, although it's nothing out of the ordinary: a murder at a B&B in Scotland, with all the guests as suspects. The recurring characters are as interesting as they were in the first book, and Barbara Havers is much more likable this time. I look forward to reading more of these.
Het is maar goed dat dit niet mijn eerste boek van Elizabeth George is, want dan had ik misschien niet zo snel weer een boek van haar gelezen. Het is een leuk boek maar niet goed als In volmaakte stilte, een van haar latere boeken. Ik had heel lang het idee dat het verhaal nog maar net begonnen was, terwijl ik toen al zeker halverwege was. In het begin had ik moeite om bepaalde personen uit elkaar te houden, want er waren veel personen aanwezig op de plaats van de moord en zij waren allemaal ver ...more
Another very enjoyable (and rather sad) chapter in Lynley and Havers lives. The mystery itself almost takes backseat to Lynley's plight. You can almost physically feel his heart breaking through the pages. As well as those around him.
Neill Smith
When Inspector Lynley is sent to the north of Scotland to investigate the murder of the author of a play featuring a cast of prominent English actors at the home of a peer who was opening a new theatre he was resistant to take Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers with him. She was not a fan of the upper class with the exception of Lynley, or Lord Asherton as he was known, who had earned her trust, respect, and loyalty despite his peerage. However, his superior insisted so Lynley and Havers arrived ...more
I loved this book from beginning to end. For the record, this is book #2 in the Inspector Lynley series of 18 murder mystery books. The setting was very intriguing to me, and there were multiple subplots developed during the course of the book. Additionally, I loved the interactions among the characters. I enjoyed how Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers interacted as they worked together as it was apparent that they were friends as well as having a professional relationship. At this poi ...more
I liked this second entry in the Inspector Lynley series even more than the first. The plot is great, with lots of red herrings and insights into the developing characters of Thomas Lynley, Barbara Havers, and others in the books, as well as the new characters. It was sometimes hard to keep track of all the characters and their relationships, perhaps because I'm not used to following people with names and titles, too. I thought the resolution of the plot was not as well-foreshadowed as it might ...more
this was my first exposure to Elizabeth George. I loved her writing and will read more. I now use the adjective "bloody"
I'm reading this series as I have meant to do for years. VERY interesting characters, and I have yet to guess the ending of the mystery, but these are rating a 3 rather than a 4 for the very odd, dark story lines. The first book was a child abuse mystery and parts were difficult for me to read. Others have covered equally tragic life events so make these tough going at times. With that said, I do enjoy the major characters that appear in each book and there are lots of twists to each plot and th ...more
Eccoci alla seconda fatica della George! Un'opera scritta nel lontano 1989 ma che rimane comunque un'opera fresca e moderna..

Niente, credevo che non potessi adorare di più questa donna, ma la seconda rilettura mi ha dimostrato come mi sbagliassi.. *_*
Bando alle ciance! (E' più forte di me, all'inizio delle mie dissertazioni non posso fare a meno di perdermi :D)

Seriamente, popolo di Internet, perché non avete ancora letto la George? Cosa vi trattiene? Si accettano solo motivazioni valide quali "
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Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

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