Book Review | This Body of Death
Author: Elizabeth George
I was interested in reading This Body of Death (An Inspector Lynley Novel) by Elizabeth George because I have a colleague at work who has raved by Elizabeth George’s books. She said I would absolutely love George’s books, so I thought it was worth checking in one of George’s books to see whether I would enjoy her writing.
I was really hoping I would enjoy the novel because it was a huge investment in terms of time. At 708 pages (yes, you read that correctly – 708 pages), it is a large book. I have learned never to judge a book by its cover, but I am always leery about investing that much time in a novel when I’m not sure if I will enjoy it. That being said, I took a deep breath and plunged into the book.
I really enjoyed the opening of the novel. I found myself immediately drawn into George’s writing style. From this point, however, I found that the novel moved almost slow motion. The novel focuses on Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard who is investigating the murder of an unidentified young woman who is found in a cemetary in North London. Uncovering the identity of the young woman, as well as searching for her killer, takes on many twists and turns and brings together so many characters that they begin to blur together. I didn’t dislike this novel, but I did find it incredibly bogged down by intricate (and often, in my mind, extraneous) details. In that sense, it reminded me a Charles Dickens novel – an interesting story that sometimes gets lost in all of the details! If you are an Elizabeth George fan, you will probably enjoy this novel. If given the chance again, I think I would read some of the preceeding novels (as this is the 16th Inspector Thomas Lynley book written by George) before reading this book.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*