This is book number 16 in the A Lynley Novel series.
“Elizabeth George reigns as queen of the mystery genre. The Lynley books constitute the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published.” —Entertainment Weekly
One of the most acclaimed entries in Elizabeth George’s New York Times bestselling Inspector Lynley series—a masterfully structured, multilayered jigsaw puzzle of a mystery rich with intrigue and atmosphere
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 welcomes his return; they don’t trust their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, whose off-putting manner leaves them on edge. Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden—and compelling—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 animals roam free, the long-lost art of thatching is very much alive, and outsiders are suspect. What they don't know is that more than one dark secret lurks within the secluded woodlands, and that their investigation will lead them to an outcome that is both tragic and shocking.
Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and the MIMI, Germany's prestigious prize for suspense fiction. She lives in Washington State.
“George explores her characters' dreams and fears with a penetrating grace that makes reading her books a joy.” — Washington Post Book World
“George has once again delivered a thick, knotty, densely plotted mystery. As always, it isn’t a book to tear through in an hour, but one to read slowly, over many sittings, and savor.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Dark, unrelenting, and powerful.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A rich, unsettling work.” — Richmond Times Dispatch
“A spellbinding tale of mystery and murder.” — Oklahoman
“This is the kind of mystery that Elizabeth George does best….Ms. George has done a brilliant job…and this is probably her best mystery in years.” — Washington Times
“Elizabeth George writes exceptional mysteries, with intelligent, complex plots and well-developed characters....Her pace is skillful.” — Daily American (PA)
“A hauntingly memorable experience.” — New York Journal of Books
“Richly rewarding…offers an intricate plot that will satisfy even jaded fans of psychological suspense.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“George’s dense plotting style and complex characterization are on full display as Lynley and Havers, working separately, try to uncover the truth.” — Romantic Times
“[George’s] Inspector Lynley novels are very substantial psychological thrillers, big, deeply intelligent, rich in characterization...and atmospheric as a walk on the moors with a faithful bloodhound.” — Sullivan County Democrat (NY)
“This Body of Death is wonderful.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Captivating…the writer’s insights into social and emotional issues make her work deeply rewarding.” — Seattle Times
“An intricate mystery.” — Iron Mountain Daily News (MI)