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3.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 5 3.14 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Wexford Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781415948965
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A new Chief Inspector Wexford mystery from the author who Time magazine has called “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world.” 

When the truffle-hunting dog starts to dig furiously, his master’s first reaction is delight at the size of the clump the dog has unearthed: at the going rate, this one truffle might be worth several hundred pounds. Then the dirt falls away to reveal not a precious mushroom but the bones and tendons of what is clearly a human hand.

In Not in the Flesh, Chief Inspector Wexford tries to piece together events that took place eleven years earlier, a time when someone was secretly interred in a secluded patch of English countryside. Now Wexford and his team will need to interrogate everyone who lives nearby to see if they can turn up a match for the dead man among the eighty-five people in this part of England who have disappeared over the past decade. Then, when a second body is discovered nearby, Wexford experiences a feeling that’s become a rarity for the veteran policeman: surprise.

As Wexford painstakingly moves to resolve these multiple mysteries, long-buried secrets are brought to daylight, and Ruth Rendell once again proves why she has been hailed as our greatest living mystery writer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ghoulish fun.... The height of her malevolent powers. Rendell can do whatever she likes and still get away with it. The New York Times
  • Vivid and witty. Wexford is his usual smart, compassionate self as he unravels a web of lies and deception larger than any of the characters realize. Los Angeles Times
  • To call Ruth Rendell prolific is akin to calling the Grand Canyon a slight dip in the landscape. . . . Not in the Flesh is the work of a writer who continues to command respect and satisfy her legion of writers. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • The unflappable detective still hasn’t worn out his welcome.... A fine example of Rendell’s sharp writing, intelligence, and humanity. The Christian Science Monitor
  • In the best whodunit tradition, Rendell advances her plot through surprises...so shocking they dash all calculations. The New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/18/2014

    " This was good; funny to have a detective named "Barry Vine"; and I couldn't begin to guess the outcome of the mystery. I like her writing as Barbara Vine in "The Birthday Present" even better, but either way her books are always engrossing and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buffy | 2/9/2014

    " Really good book. Now I'm on to Monster in the Box, also by Ruth Rendell. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olddognewtricks | 2/8/2014

    " as the stars say...... it was ok "

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

    " Not quite as good as other Wexford novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Anne | 1/30/2014

    " This Rendell was okay, some wild characters. But I'd skip this and go right to THE ST. ZITA SOCIETY (just finished) or PORTOBELLO (reading now). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalia | 1/21/2014

    " nicely written...it reads really well...much better than the usual writing for this genre...the characters actually seem real as does their conversation...nothing seems contrived. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chana | 1/16/2014

    " I found the first hundred pages of this book quite boring and the pace of the story very slow. I have put the book aside and am not sure that I will pick it up again. So glad it is a borrowed copy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 1/11/2014

    " This was somewhat dissapointing, convoluted and the end was not that big a revelation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/8/2014

    " I just discovered the Inspector Wexford series and I love them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/20/2013

    " Great mystery and part of the Wexford series. Set in England in current times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/10/2013

    " I have started this Dectictive Wexford book. I like any crime books that are set in England. I am almost on chapter 3 and I started this book on 1/24/12. More to come later. I was losing interest in this book. Anyhow I might try back later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/8/2013

    " Investigation of 2 cold cases with many clues to piece together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryMagoon | 12/3/2013

    " This is a typical Ruth Rendell book. She is very cunning at beginning slowly and then building the reader's interest to a culminating peak of interest and curiosity, to see "who dun it." I enjoy her books very much and this one is a "keeper". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodee | 2/1/2013

    " I do love Wexford but I felt the subplot in this one didn't mesh very well with the main story--seemed oddly tacked on. Still worth reading if only for the scenes between the good inspector and the two Mrs. Tredowns! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/12/2012

    " Meh. I had to push my way through this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 10/5/2012

    " The usual good work from Rendell. She weaves an interesting mystery with big-time social issues, in this case FGC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 9/28/2012

    " Truffle-hunting dog discovers a skeleton that was buried 11 years before. "

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

    " 2.5 stars. A bit rambling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 11/27/2011

    " How can you go wrong with Ruth Rendell??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johan | 11/23/2011

    " fair mystery and little more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 9/18/2011

    " I have decided I am not a fan of Ruth Rendell's writing. I have read several books of hers, even those under pseudonyms, and they have been really difficult to get through and left me really dry. This book was no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lania Bryant | 6/5/2011

    " Listened to another Wexford mystery. Ruth Rendell is a fine writer--have liked everything I've read. Another fine suspense tale, easy to follow and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/22/2011

    " I just discovered the Inspector Wexford series and I love them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 5/16/2011

    " Another Wexford mystery which was simple and somewhat easy to solve before the final clue is known but was well written and enjoyable to read. Really good characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 4/15/2011

    " How can you go wrong with Ruth Rendell??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 3/15/2011

    " Entertaining. Reminds me of the Inspector Morse TV series. "

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

    " Not her best, but it's still Ruth Rendell, writing about Inspector Wexford... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/16/2011

    " Really enjoyed this - Wexford reminds me of Barnaby in Caroline Graham's novels... I'll be sure to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/13/2011

    " I read this book so I could become familiar with this author and be able to recommend her to mystery fans at the library. It was pretty good, a bit slow at times, but worth the read. "

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

    " Always enjoy a Wexford mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda B | 10/11/2010

    " Another great Inspector Wexford mystery in an English countryside - a great meander thru the maze of strange and unusal characters to find out who is--and isn't--tied to the discovery of two bodies long dead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/6/2010

    " Good English Mystery - I like all her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peg | 8/8/2010

    " Any Ruth Rendell is worth the wait! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felisa | 6/8/2010

    " Ruth Rendell is so damn good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/6/2010

    " Great mystery from the master of the genre-Rendell. "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.