What a whopper of a volume - it's weighty enough -at 940 grams, over 2lb, to make you really really consider kindle...
And for starters, Elizabeth George, Inspector Lynley is not blond! He is Nathaniel Parker, with boot black deliciously floppy hair, full stop.
As to the story, well, the title "This Body of Death" may well refer to an ancient and exquisitely horrible torture which involved chaining a corpse to a living person; thus ensuring a slow and horrible end for the unfortunate whilst having to endure the proximity of a rotting, putrifying companion. And as you read through this book you begin to understand who may be the victim of such a cursed way of life.
If you have a lively, vivid imagination this book should carry a health warning. Pictures will be branded on your pysche and you may well squirm in discomfort at the very idea of using the death of a toddler after an abduction by schoolboys in a shopping centre as a plot device. Outrage settles a little as you read on and you may just consider the allusion worthwhile but in my case it made me feel very nervous indeed at the overlapping of suffering in the real world and that of fiction. Although I admit that We Need To Talk About Kevin (Serpent's Tail Classics) and Nineteen Minutes pertain to a terrible run of massacres in American schools.
As a whole this book is engrossing, eventually pretty satisfactory and gripping but I still can't really accept the second storyline about the bad boys as described above and so would hesitate to recommend, lend or give away my copy, which leaves me in a very minor way a victim of being chained to a book I don't know what to do with.