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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: Tim Curry Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Wexford Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780739366387
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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
  • In the best whodunit tradition, Rendell advances her plot through surprises...so shocking they dash all calculations. The New York Times Book Review
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/30/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaika | 1/20/2014

    " Another fine novel from one of the best writers of any genre in contemporary letters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peg | 1/15/2014

    " Any Ruth Rendell is worth the wait! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temple | 1/13/2014

    " I like the way Rendell adds interesting bits of story other than the main mystery. There's always something else going on in Wexford's life. This mystery was really enjoyable after I got into it. Top-notch. Rendell's stories read so easy and the language is almost lyrical. I love these books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jαℓчη | 12/30/2013

    " im almost done w/ this book. It's just sorta boring, i mean i didnt really like the way it was written. I think it started out with a good story line, but it just sorta bored me more and more as I continued to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one, though it was a bit tamer than many other Wexford series books. I had pretty much figured out a lot of the plot, but still enjoyed the book. Rendell is such an amazing writer and thank goodness she writes a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 11/27/2013

    " I love a good mystery but this one didn't do it for me at all. I didn't find the story or characters very compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalia | 11/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 11/15/2013

    " I think I remember now why I don't read Rendell's books. What a yawner. Nothing really happens until the end and even the ending wasn't much of a surprise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chana | 10/2/2013

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 9/24/2013

    " Did not enjoy this book. Did not finish it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 9/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 6/17/2013

    " You really never know where these books are going to end up. Not predictable at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Ciccarelli | 4/17/2013

    " The latest in the Insp. Wexford series. I like this series better than her other books. I do love the British mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Zimmerbaum | 11/29/2012

    " Great Inspector Wexford mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ennis Macleod | 11/24/2012

    " Wexford is a bit slow. Maybe it's his age showing. He must be getting on for 90! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 9/23/2012

    " Very, very good. Not my favorite Wexford, but still an excellent addition to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/1/2012

    " Disappointing. Thin plot, reworked themes from earlier books, and missing the thematic connection between Wexford's life and the mystery he's working that makes these books so special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kieran | 3/16/2012

    " what better way to take your mind off the market apocalypse? a good british murder mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/21/2011

    " Any Inspector Wexford mystery from Ruth Rendell is going to be good, and this was no exception. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Anne | 11/24/2011

    " 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). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 10/24/2011

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

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

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