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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (692 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Nigel Anthony Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/20/2014

    " The second of the Wexford series, I believe. Literary pretensions aside, there is much to recommend here, but what is it with Rendell and her Ophelia-esque ingenues? I sure hope she grows out of this tendency in time. . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 2/5/2014

    " Just what I want in a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sammiles | 1/23/2014

    " An interesting read about a crime which has happened in the 1950's. there are many twists and turns and sometimes found it hard to follow in places. However i enjoyed all the twists and turns of this book and the little extracts on introducing each chapter. I also enjoyed that the chapters were not too long and overall found the book an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/11/2014

    " More of a psychological thriller than a mystery. And Inspector Wexford wasn't really even in it that much! But it's still a compelling story about a 15-year-old murder case. Was the right man hung for the crime? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxane | 12/13/2013

    " The 2nd in an incredible series - what a story teller!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ahf | 12/4/2013

    " Not very interesting or remarkable. Indeed I can hardly remember it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 11/26/2013

    " It was rather a slow start, but once I got in to it, I really enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lise Petrauskas | 9/29/2013

    " An early inspector Wexford book with not much of Wexford in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Koeeoaddi | 7/30/2013

    " Clunkiest of the Wexford novels. Maybe it gets better, but I set it aside after about 100 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/1/2013

    " Some of the important plot elements of this book will not ring true to anyone under 60 as the world changed dramatically just as this book was published in 1967. If you can set your mind to the early 1960's (1967 is probably a couple years too late) you will enjoy the puzzle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/4/2013

    " Early Rendell/Wexford. Interesting. Worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/16/2013

    " agree with other reviewers who found the emphasis on the vicar -- telling the story mainly thru his viewpoint, rather than Wexford's -- to be less enjoyable than a typical Wexford book. Rendell still writes circles around most other mystery writers, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Banjomike | 3/11/2013

    " An odd Wexford tale in that most of the detecting is done by a vicar with assistence from his son and discussions with Wexford/Burden et al. In the TV version the vicar had a briefer presence and the detecting was handed to Mike Burden who, naturally, got much of it wrong. Fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 3/4/2013

    " An interesting cold case, that kept me guessing, and being wrong each time. A very well done story and interesting ending. I enjoy the style of writing by most English mystery authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/9/2013

    " An odd little mystery: implausible, predictable, yet strangely compelling and with some moments of real originality and depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 1/5/2013

    " picked it up at the Scottsville Library, well it's a first. It's #2 for Wexford. 1969. Rendell has been writing for some time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Herbivorous | 6/12/2012

    " Better than "A Speaker of Mandarin" -- this had good scenes, better characters, and a more interesting story. Somehow it seemed to lose a little steam in the denouement, though. A good read, but couldn't quite find a fourth star in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/19/2012

    " Written in the 1960s, it is a simpler mystery format, where the surprise outcome turns on the understanding of a single phrase. The central premise of the story reflects an acceptance of early 20th century social mores that would now appear hugely outdated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Sear | 12/13/2011

    " Slightly disappointed with this one. Not nearly enough Wexford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 10/5/2011

    " Absolutely stunning -- just what I look for in a mystery. Leaner and more direct than some of he later books, but still rich with character and psychology and intersecting lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 7/10/2011

    " An Inspector Wexford mystery in which he plays a secondary role. A clergyman tries to show that a man executed for murder was not guilty, so his son can marry the convicted man's daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/28/2011

    " Now I have to decide between reading the rest as audio, so I get to hear the accents, or on paper, so I can go faster. Hmmm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 1/15/2011

    " A bit disappointing after the Barbara Vine book. Inspector Wexford was a peripheral character, the main being a rather annoying vicar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 1/9/2011

    " The second of the Wexford series, I believe. Literary pretensions aside, there is much to recommend here, but what is it with Rendell and her Ophelia-esque ingenues? I sure hope she grows out of this tendency in time. . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonm | 6/6/2010

    " Enjoying reading Rendell’s Wexford books in order. This one focuses much more on Burden than on Wexford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 3/17/2010

    " Formerly released as A New Lease of Death. Listened to audio book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/2/2009

    " An odd little mystery: implausible, predictable, yet strangely compelling and with some moments of real originality and depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 2/21/2009

    " This is the second novel in the Inspector Wexford mystery series. It's slow moving, but full of interesting twists and turns. As always with Ruth Rendell, she does great character development ... they truly become alive to the reader.

    Anita
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ahf | 11/1/2008

    " Not very interesting or remarkable. Indeed I can hardly remember it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 10/15/2008

    " It was rather a slow start, but once I got in to it, I really enjoyed the book.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/30/2008

    " Early Rendell/Wexford. Interesting. Worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Herbivorous | 3/5/2008

    " Better than "A Speaker of Mandarin" -- this had good scenes, better characters, and a more interesting story. Somehow it seemed to lose a little steam in the denouement, though. A good read, but couldn't quite find a fourth star in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 11/4/2007

    " An early Inspector Wexford mystery where Wexford appears only in a supporting role. Not as accomplished in terms of craft as Rendell's later work, but the tale of the mystery that unfolds is first rate. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) wrote more than sixty novels in a career spanning fifty years. She won numerous awards for her writing, including three Edgars—the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America—as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. She was also the winner of the MWA Grand Master Award. A longtime member of the House of Lords, she lived in London.

About the Narrator

Nigel Anthony is best known for his extensive broadcasts for BBC radio as a leading actor and for his Earphones Award–winning audio narrations. He has also appeared many times on television in series such as Casualty and Coronation Street, while on the stage he has appeared in Sick Dictators and Ghosts and has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and the Royal Shakespeare Company.