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This Body of Death by Elizabeth George

Fiction: Mystery. Audio from Harper Audio. Published and recorded in 2010. Read by John Lee. 23 hours 43 minutes. Purchased from Aubible.com.

I always enjoy George’s Inspector Lynley mysteries (though I did have a difficult time with her What Came Before He Shot Her, but that was because I had a hard time with the story line, not that it wasn’t well written.) Once I found out she had a new book out, it went right to the top of my “to read” list. This new book did not disappoint.

This mystery has two parallel stories being told at the same time, one from the past, one current. Inspector Lynley is temporarily back at work to help his possible replacement learn the ropes. Things don’t run as smoothly as usual, so in addition to the murder they’re trying to solve they’re also dealing with some conflict on the team. Definitely an enjoyable read.

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.

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