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This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel | [Elizabeth George]

This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    P Anniston, AL, United States 09-20-10
    P Anniston, AL, United States 09-20-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Good read"

    Elizabeth George is such a fine writer....this book was no exception. I can't wait for her next one to come out!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roxy 08-14-10
    Roxy 08-14-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Addicting Listen"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Peterborough, ON, Canada 08-09-10
    Pat Peterborough, ON, Canada 08-09-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A long time fan"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie G. Degroat The Woods of Northern NY 04-30-14
    Julie G. Degroat The Woods of Northern NY 04-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "George is ALWAYS excellent!"
    Would you listen to This Body of Death again? Why?

    Yes, I sure will! I love the characters--Barbara, Lynley, all of them!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Body of Death?

    When poor Barbara had to go shopping!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend ANY of George's books--but this one was really great on a pile of great books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 10-13-13
    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 10-13-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Terrific mystery"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 06-02-13
    susan Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 06-02-13 Member Since 2011

    I like to weed and read at the same time.

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    "ExBrit infuriated by the narrator"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DWR Minnesota, USA 10-06-12
    DWR Minnesota, USA 10-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprise ending but lots of clues along the way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lots of suspects and subplots trying to lead you astray


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As usual great performance with different voices for each of the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Had difficulty putting it down; wanted to continue


    Any additional comments?

    You may want to listen to it again in fast speed to put it together after you know the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Librarian OK, USA 09-28-12
    Librarian OK, USA 09-28-12 Member Since 2012

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Amazing! Interest grabbing dual mystery."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Once&Future Sonya Columbia, SC 07-03-12
    Once&Future Sonya Columbia, SC 07-03-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Elizabeth George Mystery!"
    What did you love best about This Body of Death?

    the good:
    great story
    great character development
    good performance by the reader

    the bad:
    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith United States 03-26-12
    Judith United States 03-26-12
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    "Excellent two-fold mystery"
    If you could sum up This Body of Death in three words, what would they be?

    Tantalizing, suspenseful mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    Two stories side-by-side that became one ending


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator had no inflections in voice to such an extent that he put me to sleep!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Better read than audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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