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This Body of Death Audiobook

This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel

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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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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 07-10-10
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 07-10-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Good but we only observe"

    THIS BODY OF DEATH is very good; but I didn't find the psychology of the characters as interesting as in other of her novels. There are two stories that appear to have nothing to do with each other (and don't until very near the end). In one of the threads, the reader knows no more or less than DI Lynley as he tries to figure out the relationships between the victim and other people she knew; we sometimes observe a character without his presence, but what we're seeing doesn't feel like is anything we can make sense of (and it isn't). The reader is an observer of all the characters but inside the heads of no one. Lynley is slowly picking up the pieces of his life after the violent death of his wife and unborn child two books ago, so maybe he's only 1/2 present too.

    The second thread takes place in the past and we learn about it in bits and pieces throughout the book. The first thread of the story is interrupted to turn to the second thread about three young boys from very dysfunctional families who randomly select a toddler and as we learn eventually, kill him brutally.

    In the last hour of the book, these threads come together. The underlying theme appears in several of George's books - how the past surfaces in the present.

    John Lee is excellent in his narration.

    7 of 10 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 2016
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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.

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    Susan S. San Francisco, CA United States 07-16-10
    Susan S. San Francisco, CA United States 07-16-10 Member Since 2006
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    "This Body of Death"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 10-03-17
    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 10-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Two intertwining stories"

    A story within a story that was very well told. Towards the end of the book I had an idea of what going on but never truly guessed the ending.

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    Katherine 10-25-16
    Katherine 10-25-16
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    "Complex Contemporary Thriller"

    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.

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    S. Johnston 09-05-16
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    "I did not like -- very disappointed"

    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.

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    Cathy Hill 08-28-16
    Cathy Hill 08-28-16
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    "Love Elizabeth George narrated by John Lee!"

    John Lee does a wonderful job of bringing Elizabeth George's well-written characters to life! More, please!

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    Amazon Customer 04-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This was quite the knot to untangle!"

    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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    Judith Mosher 02-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "very englis"

    a bit verbose for me, but I did not see the ending coming as I usually do so that kept me going.

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