A Suitable Vengeance
adapted as "A Suitable Vengeance"

A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George

A Suitable Vengeance
A Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers Mystery (4th in series)
Elizabeth George

Publisher: Bantam
ISBN-10: 0-553-07407-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-553-07407-9
Published: June 1991

Synopsis: It was meant to be a festive engagement weekend. But when Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Eighth Earl of Asherton, and his fiancee, Deborah Cotter, arrive at Howenstow, Lynley's family home, they find the atmosphere rife with tension.

For Lynley's friend, forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, who is struggling with the dual pain of losing Deborah and of watching his sister involve herself in an unsavory relationship, the weekend stretches out interminably. Only Lady Helen Clyde's soothing presence affords him any comfort. As for Lynley, estranged from his mother and now faced with the fact that his younger brother has returned to an earlier drug dependence, home is full of tormenting memories he'd much rather forget.

Then a journalist is found gruesomely murdered in the nearby village of Nanrunnel, and the engagement party is well and truly over. Though the crime is out of Lynley's jurisdiction as a Criminal Investigator for New Scotland Yard, it soon becomes his primary concern - for the majority of the evidence points not only to the man who manages his estate but ultimately to Lynley's own family.

More violent deaths will follow, as will a crushing betrayal of love and friendship. As St. James assists Lynley in painstakingly piecing together the forensic evidence at each crime scene, a clear picture of the real motives for each death begins to emerge. But what St. James can't fully understand -- and what Lynley is unwilling to speak of -- is that blood ties are nearly unbreakable in this Cornwall village, as are the bonds between the Howenstow aristocrats and those who have long served them ... and who would keep their secrets to the grave.

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A Suitable Vengeance (DVD Cover)

A Suitable Vengeance
Edward Bennett, Director

Original air date(s): 03/24/2003
DVD release date: 09/28/2004
Studio: PBS

Cast: Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker), Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small), Helen Clyde (Lesley Vickerage), Lady Asherton (Gabrielle Drake), Dr. Trenarrow (Peter Egan), Peter Lynley (Matthew Goode), John Penellin (John Duttine)

Rating: Not Rated
Running time: 90 minutes

This DVD set includes Playing for the Ashes, In the Presence of the Enemy, A Suitable Vengeance, and Deception on His Mind.

See also Telemystery: Inspector Lynley Mysteries for a complete list of made-for-television movies based on these series characters.

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