This Body of Death is George's most recent Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, who has recently returned from Cornwall. I wasn't that pleased with the last two in this series, but this one I did enjoy.
Lynley is back and so is Barbara Havers. Although I did think Havers was unusually acquiescent in (new character and Acting Superintendent) Isabelle Ardery's demand that she dress more professionally, I enjoyed Haver's attempts to do so with the help of another favorite character, nine-year-old Hadiyyah. Despite the fact that Haddiyah is unusually precocious for her years, I love their interaction.
George intersperses pages from a paper on juvenile justice throughout the novel. In the beginning, one wonders when and how these pages will be drawn into the plot (especially as I remembered an actual case that was in the news years ago). Eventually, it becomes clear.
I wasn't crazy about the Isabelle Ardery character; Lynley seemed to ignore things he should have acted on. Her character in a role of such importance bothered me. I did like Yolanda the psychic and wouldn't mind hearing from her again. I also liked the information about the New Forest ponies and about the Agisters.
After two books in the series that I didn't care much for, it was really nice to settle down and into the complexity of an Elizabeth George mystery. It is long, but completely involving.
Fiction. Crime/Mystery/Police Procedural. 2010. 689 pages.