Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.
While Lynley works in London, his former colleagues Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata follow the murder trail south to the New Forest, a beautiful and strange place where outsiders are not entirely welcome. What they don't know is that more than one dark secret lurks among the trees, and that their investigation will lead them to an outcome that is both tragic and shocking.
A multi-layered jigsaw puzzle of a story skillfully structured to keep readers guessing until the very end, This Body of Death is a magnificent achievement from a writer at the peak of her powers.
©2010 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"George tantalizes with glimpses of a horrific earlier murder case; showcases Lynley at his shrewdest, most diplomatic best; and confounds readers with a complex array of evidence, motives, and possible solutions." (Publishers Weekly)
I have read all of the the Inspector Lynley novels and this one does not disappoint. This book is very long but well worth the time. The character development is great as well as the mystery. I look forward to the next Lynley mystery.
I am gradually getting over Helen being killed off several books ago but I am still reading books about Lindley. This one was a reasonable read but not as good as many of the early books.
I loved this book, my first Elizabeth George after listening to all the other popular ones like Stieg Larsson, PD James, Sara Paretsky. I did not even figure out the ending.
The narration is excellent. This long story has many characters among the several stories that finally meld into one unified plot. If the reader can make coherence of the development of these stories and keep the characters straight, the surprise culmination is an adventure. This book has a lot of descriptive violence, some vulgar language, and characters of promiscuous behavior. As a modern psychological mystery, the drama unfolds with suspense, written by a notable author.
Overly long and confusing beginning. After skipping forward-- and still not finding it engaging -- I decided not to waste my time (or book credit). I had liked the earlier books - narrated by Davina Porter. Better story and narrator for the earlier books.
Teen Writing Teacher
I found the backstory of the baby's murder both disturbing and intriguing. When the plots all came together, I was still surprised. Cleverly done. I can't say I recommend to the parents of toddlers though.
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