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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,266 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Wexford Series Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781461812074
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Wexford is horrified by the carnage he encounters at Tancred Manor, home of a famous anthropologist, but he is determined to do all that he can for 17-year-old Daisy, the only survivor of the mass murders that obliterated her family. 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 Kitty Tomlinson | 2/19/2014

    " Davina Flory, her husband and daughter are murdered and the granddaughter is wounded. Good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 2/18/2014

    " Really entertaining, clever, beautifully written. A perfect intro to the genre for the mystery-resistant. Thanks, Trish! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 2/15/2014

    " Inspector Wexford finds the connection between four seemingly unnrelated crimes and six deaths. This is a well-plotted mystery and I was captivated right up to the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/14/2014

    " A classic Rendell/Inspector Wexford murder mystery. I was somewhat surprised by the solution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 2/10/2014

    " Enjoyed this enough to and get five more yesterday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginnz | 2/8/2014

    " A good read... Wexford was a pleasant change from some of my normal investigator's. He's plodding style as a little annoying in places. The ending was good. Wexford is explaining the final twist as the guilty parties identify themselves. It was quite refreshing for the crime to be solved and not having to wade through a page or two of backstory filler. Not that complex, got the perp before Wexford but enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence Primrose | 2/5/2014

    " Tyhpical English mystery, but many twists leaving me guessing until the end. "

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

    " A very enjoyable read. Plenty of twists and turns with a predictably surprising ending! I only twigged right at he end. Good detective yarn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 1/25/2014

    " Cazza et moi - have just finished this BRILLIANT murder mystery ... you wannaknow 'who donnit?' ... read it and find out ;o) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margie | 1/20/2014

    " This would get two and a half stars. I liked it, but it wasn't her best. The ending left a bit to be desired. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 jaadhimalli | 1/19/2014

    " Meh ! Didnt like it. Not even the writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 1/19/2014

    " Inspector Wexford finds the connection between four seemingly unnrelated crimes and six deaths. This is a well-plotted mystery and I was captivated right up to the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathanielk | 1/15/2014

    " Last really great Wexford. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/14/2014

    " always a pleasure to read a Wexford novel. this one could have been edited down, a bit, which is why I docked it a star but still an enjoyable mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea Klapwald | 1/12/2014

    " I liked this Inspector Wexford novel. It has a good plot and good characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/9/2014

    " This was the first Ruth Rendell book I read, and it prompted me to read more of her works. After reading several of them, mostly Wexford mysteries, I must say in retrospect that it is one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 1/7/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathanielk | 12/27/2013

    " Last really great Wexford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea Klapwald | 12/27/2013

    " I liked this Inspector Wexford novel. It has a good plot and good characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/15/2013

    " Good mystery. I'd only read the first book in the series prior to this one, so I was positively surprised - a vast improvement in comparison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence Primrose | 12/13/2013

    " Tyhpical English mystery, but many twists leaving me guessing until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne Charles | 12/13/2013

    " An excellent whodunnit, and one of the more gory murder scenes that Wexford has encountered - if you like that sort of thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffanie Kelly | 12/13/2013

    " Slow starting and repetitive at times, but otherwise solid writing and good English murder mystery stuff. Halfway through I found myself wanting to skim and skip to the end to find out "whodunnit" but the writing style and sub-plot kept me engaged to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 12/11/2013

    " Shades of Rebecca in this one. Wexford and his favorite daughter on the rocks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RJ | 12/5/2013

    " The usual Inspector Wexford novel for the fans. Most enjoyable is Wexford's rage over his daughter's arrogant new boyfriend. As usual Rendell probes into the lives of "ordinary" people, their dreams and disappointments laid bare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/1/2013

    " A classic Rendell/Inspector Wexford murder mystery. I was somewhat surprised by the solution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/22/2013

    " Ruth Rendell is an amazing writer, and this is a classic from the Inspector Wexford series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Bauer | 11/16/2013

    " Kissing the gunners daughter phrase relates to practice of tying someone to a gun before they were to be flogged. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 jaadhimalli | 11/14/2013

    " Meh ! Didnt like it. Not even the writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 11/14/2013

    " Needs no recommendation... Euth Rendell at her best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 10/29/2013

    " good mystery but drags at times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffanie Kelly | 10/7/2013

    " Slow starting and repetitive at times, but otherwise solid writing and good English murder mystery stuff. Halfway through I found myself wanting to skim and skip to the end to find out "whodunnit" but the writing style and sub-plot kept me engaged to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/20/2013

    " Wexford. Heiress plans perfect murder with boyfriend. Satisfying but predictable like a turkey sandwich. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RJ | 7/22/2013

    " The usual Inspector Wexford novel for the fans. Most enjoyable is Wexford's rage over his daughter's arrogant new boyfriend. As usual Rendell probes into the lives of "ordinary" people, their dreams and disappointments laid bare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 5/13/2013

    " Ruth Rendell is always reliable for a good British whodunit "

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

    " Interesting enough read, but not P. D. James! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/4/2013

    " Ruth Rendell is an amazing writer, and this is a classic from the Inspector Wexford series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/13/2013

    " Ruth Rendell writes great mystery novels and this is no exception. I listened to the audio version of this novel and it was very good. Nice twist at the end too. MUrder at the big house, with sundry village characters and staff thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne Charles | 3/18/2013

    " An excellent whodunnit, and one of the more gory murder scenes that Wexford has encountered - if you like that sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 1/27/2013

    " A very enjoyable read. Plenty of twists and turns with a predictably surprising ending! I only twigged right at he end. Good detective yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/19/2013

    " Good mystery. I'd only read the first book in the series prior to this one, so I was positively surprised - a vast improvement in comparison. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 12/4/2012

    " Needs no recommendation... Euth Rendell at her best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/3/2012

    " Ruth Rendell writes great mystery novels and this is no exception. I listened to the audio version of this novel and it was very good. Nice twist at the end too. MUrder at the big house, with sundry village characters and staff thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 8/25/2012

    " Shades of Rebecca in this one. Wexford and his favorite daughter on the rocks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 7/30/2012

    " always a pleasure to read a Wexford novel. this one could have been edited down, a bit, which is why I docked it a star but still an enjoyable mystery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/15/2012

    " Excellent, but no surprise with Rendell! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/27/2012

    " This was the first Ruth Rendell book I read, and it prompted me to read more of her works. After reading several of them, mostly Wexford mysteries, I must say in retrospect that it is one of her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/5/2012

    " Wexford. Heiress plans perfect murder with boyfriend. Satisfying but predictable like a turkey sandwich. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 5/23/2012

    " 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 Kitty Tomlinson | 3/13/2012

    " Davina Flory, her husband and daughter are murdered and the granddaughter is wounded. Good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/25/2012

    " A bit grizzly, but very absorbing. I don't know whether to be disappointed or relieved to have reached the end of the stash of mysteries sent to me. I suppose I'll have more time, but they were such fun reading. Of course there's always the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 12/17/2011

    " Interesting enough read, but not P. D. James! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margie | 12/14/2011

    " This would get two and a half stars. I liked it, but it wasn't her best. The ending left a bit to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/17/2011

    " A bit grizzly, but very absorbing. I don't know whether to be disappointed or relieved to have reached the end of the stash of mysteries sent to me. I suppose I'll have more time, but they were such fun reading. Of course there's always the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Bauer | 10/7/2011

    " Kissing the gunners daughter phrase relates to practice of tying someone to a gun before they were to be flogged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 10/6/2011

    " Really entertaining, clever, beautifully written. A perfect intro to the genre for the mystery-resistant. Thanks, Trish! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/8/2011

    " Excellent, but no surprise with Rendell! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 8/17/2011

    " Davina Flory, her husband and daughter are murdered and the granddaughter is wounded. Good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caro Roberts | 8/11/2011

    " I'm loving it - really enjoying R.Rs books - definitely converted! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 7/24/2011

    " An excellent whodunnit, and one of the more gory murder scenes that Wexford has encountered - if you like that sort of thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maribeth | 5/5/2011

    " Read a couple of years ago. Liked it enough to read more Ruth Rendell, but not enough to remember details of the plot - which is pretty typical for me with what I consider "escape" reading...not really a comment on the writing. I enjoy the Inspector Wexford character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/30/2011

    " Wexford. Heiress plans perfect murder with boyfriend. Satisfying but predictable like a turkey sandwich. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/30/2011

    " Wexford. Heiress plans perfect murder with boyfriend. Satisfying but predictable like a turkey sandwich. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 3/29/2011

    " Tyhpical English mystery, but many twists leaving me guessing until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/15/2011

    " Shades of Rebecca in this one. Wexford and his favorite daughter on the rocks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/8/2011

    " Ruth Rendell is an amazing writer, and this is a classic from the Inspector Wexford series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maribeth | 11/17/2010

    " Read a couple of years ago. Liked it enough to read more Ruth Rendell, but not enough to remember details of the plot - which is pretty typical for me with what I consider "escape" reading...not really a comment on the writing. I enjoy the Inspector Wexford character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/9/2010

    " A bit grizzly, but very absorbing. I don't know whether to be disappointed or relieved to have reached the end of the stash of mysteries sent to me. I suppose I'll have more time, but they were such fun reading. Of course there's always the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 6/29/2010

    " A very enjoyable read. Plenty of twists and turns with a predictably surprising ending! I only twigged right at he end. Good detective yarn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffanie | 6/25/2010

    " Slow starting and repetitive at times, but otherwise solid writing and good English murder mystery stuff. Halfway through I found myself wanting to skim and skip to the end to find out "whodunnit" but the writing style and sub-plot kept me engaged to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 6/14/2010

    " Ruth Rendell is always reliable for a good British whodunit "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caro | 3/9/2010

    " I'm loving it - really enjoying R.Rs books - definitely converted! "

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

    " Kissing the gunners daughter phrase relates to practice of tying someone to a gun before they were to be flogged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 2/18/2009

    " good mystery but drags at times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 5/19/2008

    " Ruth Rendell writes a decent mystery. I find her books properly satisfying like tea and scones on a rainy day in England at the old manor house. This is a book on tape.

    Finished this book yesterday. Very satisfying, comforting escapism. "

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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. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration.She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and The Square One Theater, among others.