This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel (2010) by Elizabeth George is the 16th book featuring Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley. At nearly 700 pages long, it is quite a read and brings a true sense of place to the signature English locales. The well-bred Thomas Lynley is back on the case after a hiatus following the murder of his wife where he is reunited with former partner Barbara Havers, who is hard-working but known neither for her sartorial nor for her ingratiating personality. The author has chosen to interweave the details of a past horrific crime (re-envisioned from a true life case) into the narrative canvas, and the reader does not suspect how the separate accounts will be joined until the end of the novel. While an office romance for Lynley with a superior doesn't do much to advance the plot, overall I would rate this a satisfying read.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: McNaughton
1st Floor McNaughton Collection
Review submitted by: Cheryl Highsmith, Coordinator of Electronic Resources & Serials, Leatherby Libraries