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This body of death : a novel
Elizabeth George
Adult Fiction GEORGE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

British stage actor John Lee proves an excellent match for George's long and very convoluted new crime novel. A richly detailed murder mystery with more subplots than a soap opera, the story follows a trio of New Scotland Yarders-series favorites Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley, Sgt. Barbara Havers, and a newcomer, their boss, temporary department chief Isabelle Ardery-as they investigate the slaying of a young woman in a London cemetery. Plus, George adds chapters referring to the actual 1993 torture and murder of toddler James Bulger to the mix. Lee possesses the concentration necessary to keep everything straight and maintain at least a fair amount of tension for 26 hours; his is less a narration than a bravura vocal performance. Using dead-on accents, he becomes each of the characters, be they British swells like Lynley and his friends, working-class like Havers, East Indian, Irish, African, young, old, male, female, straight, gay, and everything in between. He even manages to make the token American sound authentic. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 1). (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Isabelle Ardery is an ambitious detective with a habit of sneaking off to the ladies' room to down a miniature bottle of vodka or two. She has just been named acting superintendent of Thomas Lynley's former department when the body of a young woman is found in a London cemetery. Under pressure to find the killer quickly in order to prove herself, Ardery persuades Lynley to return from retirement to help her. The murder victim is Jemima Hastings, a young woman who, nine months before, abruptly left her thriving cupcake business and her boyfriend, roof-thatcher Gordon Jossie, in Hampshire and moved to London. Clues lead Ardery's team to Hampshire, where Jossie has a mysterious new girlfriend. Verdict Details about the craft of thatching and the care of the ponies that roam freely in Hampshire's New Forest, a former royal hunting ground, make this an informative as well as an entertaining novel. George's many fans will welcome Lynley's return to New Scotland Yard. Highly recommended for George fans and readers of British crime fiction. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/10; ebook edition: ISBN 978-0-06-199146-2; one-day laydown on April 20; 300,000-copy first printing; six-city tour.]-Jane La Plante, Minot State Univ. Lib., ND (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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