Elizabeth Linington’s novels show uniformity in both style and substance. Although police procedurals usually focus on the issue of good versus evil, Linington emphasized this archetypal conflict to such a degree that it becomes the essence of her work. She called the detective story “the morality play of our time.” The police officer is so much a representative of good in her books that the police officers take on a uniformity of attitude and behavior; they are distinguished from one another only by individual mannerisms and physical characteristics. The other distinguishing characteristic of her work is the large number of cases included in each book. In her early police procedurals, the detectives focus on several cases at once. Later, they focus on large numbers of cases at once.