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.
Yes, I sure will! I love the characters--Barbara, Lynley, all of them!
When poor Barbara had to go shopping!
I would recommend ANY of George's books--but this one was really great on a pile of great books!
This is a complex, interesting and ultimately very satisfying tale. It's well written and well read. That it's so long is a big plus.
I like to weed and read at the same time.
For me the narrator completely ruined this reading. His background voice has a nasal Birmingham twang to my ears,which has no place in a London based book and was completely distracting. His female voices are awful and irritating. I am spoiled by the TV series in which Linley and Havers are played to perfection. I would not read another Linley narrated by this reader.
Lots of suspects and subplots trying to lead you astray
As usual great performance with different voices for each of the characters.
Had difficulty putting it down; wanted to continue
You may want to listen to it again in fast speed to put it together after you know the ending.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Unbelievable that the audio version is even better than the PBS Mystery series which I loved. The characters are more likable (except for the criminals of course), especially Inspector Lynley. The author has very cleverly woven & interwoven the various threads of the mystery. Classically Elizabeth George introduces all the pertinent characters to the reader, we are provided all the information to mentally solve the mysteries, & the solution is revealed through the good efforts of the characters. It all remained a mystery to me until the "slap my forehead" moment.
John Lee is great & his voice modulation helps in identifying a full cast of characters.
This is a great looong listen, well worth the time.
great character development
good performance by the reader
minor thing, but the producer chose the worst and most menacing music, which really doesn't translate well to the few places it is heard. Ignore the music at the end- terrible placement and not relevant to what is actually happening.
Tantalizing, suspenseful mystery
Two stories side-by-side that became one ending
Narrator had no inflections in voice to such an extent that he put me to sleep!!!
Neither one but did have empathy for the prime character who tried to make a success of his life and never succeeded due to surrounding circumstances and people.
Better read than audio
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