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This Body of Death by Elizabeth George


Cover art: This Body of Death Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: This Body of Death - 15th in the Inspector Lynley series
Author: Elizabeth George
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-116088-2
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Mystery/Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, England
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Elizabeth's Website/Blog: www.elizabethgeorge.com

Dear Readers,

The author is an American, residing in the United States, that writes English mysteries. She has to be commended for that fact alone as some English mysteries are difficult to comprehend. Having said that, I admire Elizabeth George for her tenacity but am not really a fan. I have been a librarian for many years and have read some of George's previous books but am certainly not an expert on her writing. So, here goes.

Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is called back to service during a leave of absence after the murder of his wife. The body of a woman is found abandoned in a remote cemetery in London. The detecting team that he works with are having trouble with a new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, because her supervising skills seem to annoy everyone. In point of fact, Detective Lynley seems to be the only person who can get along with her. While the Detective Inspector works in the city his detectives, Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata follow leads to a place called the New Forest. This area is a beautiful place where animals roam and old fashioned buildings are plentiful and also outsiders are definitely not welcome. A lot of dark secrets hide among the trees and the outcome of this murder is both revolting and sad.

This story is very much a puzzle of a tale very skillfully written to keep readers guessing as to the outcome. As I said before, I am not a fan of Ms. George. My favorite English mystery writer has always been Agatha Christie, who is very to the point and you always seem to know what she is talking about even though she keeps the outcome a secret until the last pages of her books. I'm positive that there are a lot of Elizabeth George fans out there who will enjoy this story but, it just isn't for me. However, the author is a best-selling author and I'm sure she's not too worried. Have a good read and I'll talk to you soon.


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