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This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley #16)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  10,051 ratings  ·  928 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George is back with a spellbinding tale of mystery and murder featuring Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley.

On compassionate leave after the murder of his wife, 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
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Hardcover, 692 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by HarperTorch (first published 2010)
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Carol
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Jacqie
I've enjoyed most of Elizabeth George's books. However, the last two have not gone well for me. I couldn't even pick up"What Came Before He Shot Her", with it's merciless, depressing look at the very poor and very abused murder perpetrator/child. "Careless in Red" was okay, but slow.

This book introduces a new candidate for superintendant, Isabelle Ardery, an alcoholic and divorced mother. I didn't especially like her, and liked her even less after she and Lynley got too close for my liking. I fo
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jo
this book is endless. when you figure out who the killer is, you still have like three hundred pages to go, so you tell yourself the person you figured out cannot possibly be the killer, 'cause how is EG going to keep the book going for another three hundred pages when we all know who the killer is?

well, she can. and she does.

even after the story ends (killer taken care of, case wrapped), she is still going. and going. if there is one thing i fault EG is that her books are too damn long.

now, i
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Cara
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Beth
Oct 20, 2011 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Really wavered on the 3 vs 4 stars. I have loved Elizabeth George murder mysteries since I happened across my first book of hers years ago - I think it was a coverless paperback that I got free while working at a bookstore. Then a couple books ago, she did something with a character that I found pretty unforgiveable. So I swore I'd never read another. But I did. Wasn't sure I liked that one, so I didn't think I'd read another. But I did. And here I am reading yet another one ... she keeps pullin ...more
Robyn
Mystery fans, rejoice! Elizabeth George has returned with a novel worthy of the Lynley moniker. Anyone following George's Inspector Lynley series will know that This Body of Death is the third novel following the murder of Inspector Thomas Lynley's beloved wife, Helen. (What Came Before He Shot Her is not really of the Lynley series, since the story is all about the events that led to a young boy shooting Helen Lynley, rather than a Lynley mystery per se.)

The delicious Lynley grieved his way th
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Judith
This book and several other recent Inspector Lynley novels have not not been as engrossing or enjoyable for me as Elizabeth George's earlier books were. It seems as if, as time goes on, her characters become more and more bizarre, violent or just plain frustrating, and the stories more and more complicated... beyond possibility... stretching credulity. The author also, lately, seems bent on moralizing - every story includes wearying social commentary, woven through and around the central mystery ...more
Sara
George begins by describing three lower-class British boys, their families and lives, with the kind of precision and detail that would characterize a social worker's report of a case of "childhood abuse, family dysfunction, and psychopathology." After an arresting first sentence, there is a long slow wind-up to the first pitch of the book, the boys' encounter with a toddler, and since we have no real reason to be interested in these boys, their whining, the details of what they had for breakfast ...more
Kristina
Okay, I love Elizabeth George, but can someone tell her editor to trim at least 75 to 100 pages from her books? We don't need a psyche profile for EVERY character in the book.
I actually listened to this book on CD because there was no way I was going to read this tome night after night.
Anyway, this was a hard one to stomach. She used a very famous child murder case as a backdrop to this book (James Bulgar case). So there were several chapters of taped socio-pathology reports that I just fast for
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Jean

Excellent mystery novel. Wonderful plot that kept me interested, with lots of sub-plots and characters, enough to keep me wondering how it was all going to come together. I'm a big fan of Inspector Lynley, but I almost stopped reading the Lynley novels after his wife was tragically killed. How dare Elizabeth George do that to him!
This book brings back Lynley into police work, under a woman inspector, working with Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata to find the murderer of a young woman found in a
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Karen Mclaughlin reilley
I have been hooked on the Inspector Lynley books since I picked up the first one. I enjoyed the characters and liked the personal stories inside the crime mysteries. Careless In Red and What Came Before He Shot Her have been disappointing and ruined a good chemistry with the characters. This Body of Death continued my disappointment. I found it very difficult to get through the case study of three young boys kidnapping and murdering a two year old. The newest character, Isabelle Ardery is totall ...more
Gretchen
Disappointing. Lynley returns to the Met, but his new boss is a piece of work. He, however, seems to like her well enough. There is a sub-plot that we really don't know why it's there except that it is based on a horrfic incident of a few years back and was too good for Ms George to resist including. Wrong. It had it's place and I suppose that place was to be the zinger. I found it tiresome. There's some interesting stuff about wild ponies and the caretaking of them, Barbara Havers is in good fo ...more
Jennifer


After reading Careless In Red by Elizabeth George I decided to wait it out and see what would follow. It has been a few years and I resumed with This Body of Death the sixteenth book in the Inspector Lynley series. The good news is that Lynley has returned (sort of) to New Scotland Yard, Havers and the team are present, and Simon and Deborah St. James are also included. The downside is the added character of Isabelle Ardery, who is unlikeable for so very many different reasons. George's writing
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Kirsti
Jul 11, 2010 Kirsti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anglophiles
TWENTY-ONE DISCS AND ONLY THREE WEEKS TO LISTEN TO THEM OMG NORTH SUBURBAN LIBRARY SYSTEM I LOVE YOU BUT YOU'RE KILLING ME.

I had to hurry through this one to (maybe) get it back to the library on time, but it was so complex that I'm sort of glad that I read it in a rush.

Four and a half stars. Much, much better than the author's recent books What Came Before He Shot Her, Careless in Red, and I, Richard. Almost as good as her A Great Deliverance. Very dark, of course, and with terrific recurring
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Barbara
In this sixteenth book in the Thomas Lynley series Elizabeth George tells the story of two crimes: the murder of a toddler by three juvenile delinguents who are soon caught and the murder of a young woman in a London cemetery by an unknown assailant. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, still mourning the death of his wife, returns to Scotland Yard to help investigate the second crime. His team is supervised by Acting Superintendent Isabelle Ardery, a divorced, pushy, alcoholic micromanager who is ...more
Kate
I wish every book I read could be this good. I didn't want it to end and could not put it down. I love this series and, unlike alot of readers, thought it was a great series twist when Helen was shot in an earlier book.

There were two things about the book I didn't absolutely love. First, the same theme of what happens to abused children when they get older (we first saw it in What Came Before He Shot Her) appears again in this novel and it isn't really needed. I understand that George has some
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Lobstergirl
Nov 01, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sombrero makers
Lynley jumps in the sack with Isabelle Ardery. Really, Lynley? Really? With a woman you just dumped into a cold shower because she was so obliteratedly drunk? I'm beyond disappointed.

Also not credible: that Havers would put on a skirt and a blouse with a "pussy bow" (?)* in order to pass muster with her viraginous supervisor, rather than telling her to go eff herself.

I can't figure out why George needs to abbreviate can as c'n. This makes her qualified to teach writing classes, apparently. Go f'
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Leslie
Ah, what happened to you, Elizabeth George?!?!? Her series lost me a few books back for several reasons:
ridiculous relationship between Lynley and Helen. OMG, could she have been more high maintenance?
Helen's death and Lynley's subsequent fall into the abyss of grief. Wondering on his walking tour in the sleet and rain.... come on!
Now he's back and gets physically involved with a crazy type A alcoholic "acting" chief superintendent?!?! Really????
There's no reason nor excuse for some of these od
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mwbham
I have just finished the 692nd page. I like the Inspector Lynley mysteries. But, I found this one had too much violence and too much social commentary. Having the saga of the 10 year old boys killing the baby interwoven thru the current story was an interesting plot device, but it stretched the horrific story out much longer than needed. I guess I'll have to go back to Agatha Christie.

Rosie Genova
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Candace
After the disappointing "Careless in Red" Elizabeth George is back in character with the kind well-developed, complex, can't-put-it-down book her readers look forward to. In "This Body of Death" Lynley is still on compassionate leave. but is called back to the Met to help his temporary replacement, the ambitious Isabelle Ardery.

The novel begins with excerpts from a report about a murder in the 1990s. Two boys snag a toddler from a shopping center, torture, and kill him. Based on the case of Jam
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TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez
Inspector Thomas Lynley is back. Sort of. Elizabeth George’s sixteenth novel revolving around the dapper Scotland Yard detective, This Body of Death, sees Tommy Lynley’s return to London from his compassionate leave and his hike of the Cornish coast after the senseless murder of his wife, Lady Helen and their unborn child.

After the body of an unidentified young woman is found in an overgrown cemetery in Stoke Newington in north London, Lynley, who is already home in Belgravia, is summoned back t
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Pam
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Patricia
George's obsession with why depraved juvenile offenders commit heinous acts is starting to get on my nerves. As I mentioned in an earlier review, I couldn't get through "What Came Before He Shot Her" at all because most of the book was about the sad, sordid lives of the kids who killed Lynley's wife and I just wasn't interested. In the latest we are treated to the ongoing inclusion of a psychiatric report of a hideous crime committed by 3 teenagers upon a toddler and the moral issues of whether ...more
Jane
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Mark
Considering I've read 10,000+ pages of her writing, I'm somewhat ambivalent about her work. This book (the first one I've read in a few years) reminded me why. My reaction is really typical enough that this can count as a review of the whole Lynley series.

It starts out slow and for 100 pages or so it can be a bit of a chore reading it; the characters seldom seem promising at the start and it's too much of a procedural. Then at some point I realize I'm 500 pages in and eager to find out what happ
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Kellie
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Sarah
She's back! After the debacle of What Came Before He Shot Her and even the mediocre Careless in Red I thought I was going to have to give up on my beloved friends in the Thomas Lynley mysteries. In this latest edition however, George returns to her roots, and delivers a first rate, well paced, richly plotted, suspenseful novel. Neatly entwining two seemingly disparate cases, George creates a mystery within a mystery as readers seek to solve the primary murder and its connections to the cold c ...more
Aaron
Elizabeth George quickly became my favorite mystery writer after I starter reading her series with the good Inspector and Lord Thomas Lynley and his sidekick Barbara Havers. I first got into the series after seeing some episodes of Mystery! on PBS that were based on the earlier books. The books were even better.

This 16th volume in the series has Lynley finally back in London after his walkabout along the Cornish coastline. He is still recovering from his wife's death, but he is also ready to ret
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Surreysmum
I have not followed Elizabeth George's series, so it took me a moment to acclimate to Lynley's slightly Wimseyesque world - at least on the surface, though he is far less of a dilettante than Wimsey, and his world is a grimmer one. George plays the apparently-unconnected narrative from the past and narrative from the present game very well indeed; in this case, the narrative from the past is a slightly pedantic (and thus curiously more credible) fiction-veneered re-telling of the horrifying case ...more
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Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

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