Excerpt from This Body of Death

In case you missed it, check out my recent release of Vanishing Teardrops, Book #4 of the Tamara’s Teardrops series.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

This is the second week in a row that I’m not using the Amazon synopsis for my spotlight. The Amazon sales copy was pitiful, so I have quoted from Bookbrowse. My teaser this week is from This Body of Death, An Inspector Lynley Novel, by Elizabeth George. It is a police procedural with lots of twists and turns, and I am still trying to figure out how the two disparate timelines are going to connect up.

When Meredith Powell awakened and saw the date on her digital alarm clock, she absorbed four facts in a matter of seconds: It was her twenty-sixth birthday; it was her day off from work; it was the day for which her mum had suggested a gran-spoils-the-only-grandchild adventure; and it was the perfect opportunity for apologizing to her best and oldest friend for a row that had kept them from being best and oldest friends for nearly a year. 

Elizabeth George, This Body of Death

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 trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, whose management style seems to rub everyone the wrong way. In fact, Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer’s hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden—and possibly attractive—vulnerability.

While Lynley works in London, his former colleagues Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata follow the murder trail south to the New Forest. There they discover a beautiful and strange place where animals roam free, the long-lost art of thatching is very much alive, and outsiders are not entirely welcome. What they don’t know is that more than one dark secret lurks among the trees, and that their investigation will lead them to an outcome that is both tragic and shocking.

A multilayered jigsaw puzzle of a story skillfully structured to keep readers guessing until the very end, This Body of Death is a magnificent achievement from a writer at the peak of her powers.

Synopsis from https://www.bookbrowse.com/bb_briefs/detail/index.cfm/ezine_preview_number/4853/this-body-of-death

Comments

  1. I haven’t read any of these stories, although I have seen some of the TV dramatisation – I hope it is suitably engrossing!

  2. I do enjoy a twisty mystery. Sounds good.

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