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2.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 5 2.88 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Chief Inspector Wexford finds nothing unusual in the disappearance of Rodney Williams, a husband and father who likely has run off with another woman. But when the man's car and suitcase are discovered abandoned, can a body be far behind?

Confounded by a string of violent stabbings, a strident schoolgirl clique, and the seemingly placid domesticity of his neighbors, Wexford's detective instincts must take flight in order to bring down a murderer.

With a keen wit and even sharper plot, Rendell weaves a suspenseful web of ever-tangling secrets, double-crosses, and double-lives. 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 Sara | 2/15/2014

    " This was a good read and I didn't predict the murderer, but I did suss out the essential plot element long before Wexford did - then maybe we are supposed to guess that. Characters were interesting, but I found the whole raven angle a bit dated and over-the-top - in fact, I'm not sure feminists were EVER really quite that rabid. It did make a good story however and the contrast of the two mothers' characters was interesting and effective. Poor old bald Rodney... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 2/14/2014

    " I will be reading more Inspector Wexford mysteries. This was a good read, though a bit harsh on feminism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 2/14/2014

    " I have yet to read a poor Ruth Rendell mystery. in fact I have enjoyed reading them all. Not all at once but over the years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 YiShun | 2/11/2014

    " kind of forgettable as far as the Wexfords go, but I continue to love this series and hope I never run out of Wexfords to read! "

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

    " I re-read this after many years. It was first published in the mid-1980s. Some of the attitudes now appear quite dated, but still a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ClaudiaR | 2/3/2014

    " Gosto bastante de Ruth Rendell, mas ela tem livros melhores do que este. No entanto, foi um livro que li bem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/1/2014

    " The ending twist is very nicely done to allow the reader to figure out just soon enough to feel slightly smug, but not soon enough to ruin things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 1/30/2014

    " This book was a quick read, and well-written, but I was a bit turned off by the "scary feminists" who were the main suspects. The book jacket and title emphasize the connection to ravens, but the actual logo of this group was a raven with a human face--in other words, a harpy. I may have been reading too much into this, but I couldn't help feeling like the story and characterizations of the novel were an attack on feminism. Boo. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 1/18/2014

    " The absurd, insulting ending to this book completely mitigates the decent novel that came before. I would not recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 1/14/2014

    " A rare misstep for Ms. Rendell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 12/2/2013

    " Um enredo perturbante! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 11/22/2013

    " Way too dated. Wish I had read it in 1985. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 11/14/2013

    " Kept me guessing. I like a mystery that does that. Didn't figure it out until I was 2/3 of the way through the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattyb | 9/22/2013

    " Detective story with a few twists. Lots of literary references that went over my head, not being a real Brit Lit pro. I liked it, though, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 9/2/2013

    " Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford -- a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manda | 7/17/2013

    " I like Ruth Rendell, I do. I enjoy reading her writing as she writes very well, but I find her books to be disconcertingly unemotional, and in particular in this book the characters are not very likeable and the plot less than exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty Teague | 6/4/2013

    " Completely didn't see the ending coming. Quite clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/3/2013

    " For a good mystery, you can't go wrong with Rendell. The fun part is figuring out what the twist is; everything is laid out for you! Good training for thinking 'outside the box'. A man leading a double life is murdered, but which family to concentrate on? And what about the girlfriend? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosina | 3/30/2013

    " I know this woman is a legend in Britain, but this book didn't stand the test of time for me. It's about bigamy, and incest. Or is it? Sub-plot of Burden's wife going nuts expecting birth of a female child. Writing a bit convoluted for me. Plot interesting, of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Giambo | 1/1/2013

    " Ruth Rendell writes nice English mysteries and this is one of them. Apparently a flock of ravens is called an "unkindness". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 11/20/2012

    " ok, interesting in parts, but predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 10/31/2012

    " In general okay read. It takes some interesting turns, but overall suffers from a completely predictable plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Hackett | 9/14/2012

    " This is the first of her Inspector Wexford stories I have read. I thought it was an intelligent, literate, and entertaining story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Abresch | 6/21/2012

    " Inspector Wexford series - He is chief detective inspector in England and a bigamist is killed and the two wives are suspects. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 2/24/2012

    " I was somewhat enjoying it until the end when it got disgusting and creepy. Ugh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 2/1/2012

    " I enjoyed the writing and most of the story but the ending was a little too convoluted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 YiShun | 10/20/2011

    " kind of forgettable as far as the Wexfords go, but I continue to love this series and hope I never run out of Wexfords to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/8/2011

    " This is one of the Inspector Wexford series and it's very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/1/2011

    " ok, interesting in parts, but predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manda | 2/25/2011

    " I like Ruth Rendell, I do. I enjoy reading her writing as she writes very well, but I find her books to be disconcertingly unemotional, and in particular in this book the characters are not very likeable and the plot less than exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattyb | 1/28/2011

    " Detective story with a few twists. Lots of literary references that went over my head, not being a real Brit Lit pro. I liked it, though, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/28/2010

    " The ending twist is very nicely done to allow the reader to figure out just soon enough to feel slightly smug, but not soon enough to ruin things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/1/2010

    " For a good mystery, you can't go wrong with Rendell. The fun part is figuring out what the twist is; everything is laid out for you! Good training for thinking 'outside the box'. A man leading a double life is murdered, but which family to concentrate on? And what about the girlfriend? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 12/9/2009

    " Never knew that a group of ravens was called an "unkindness". "

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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

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and she also won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.