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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,221 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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