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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Nigel Anthony Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy. Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a case of kidnapping, perhaps connected with an unusual sect called the Church of the Good Gospel. But when the sitter's smashed-up car is found at the bottom of a local quarry - occupied by a battered corpse - the investigation takes on a very different hue.

For her 19th Chief Inspector Wexford mystery, Ruth Rendell tells a story that is as taut and atmospheric as anything she has ever written. Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 2/20/2014

    " My first Inspector Wexford and first Rendell. The plotline had me turning the pages but I didn't like the ending. I found the writing a little old-fashioned and sanctimonious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 2/19/2014

    " I think it's one of Rendell's best. It kept me guessing and reguessing. It's not gentle. It's not "cozy". And I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/17/2014

    " Great mystery - loved the characters. Didn't realize that this is a series and looking forward to reading other Wexford tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sukey | 2/11/2014

    " Initially I found the flood theme kind of monotonous but really wanted to find out the story behind the children's disappearance. I also got caught up in the relationship between Wexford's daughter and the dubious boyfriend. So this book definitely kept my attention and made me want to get back into reading Ruth Rendell's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/27/2014

    " The author creates meticulous characterization of Chief Inspector Wexford, his colleagues, family, and suspects. The reader can easily picture themselves in the scene and life of the people in the small English town of Kingsmarkham. Dark humor and sharp social commentary are woven into gripping and fast-paced plots of intrigue and murder - all done without blood, gore, and violence. This story involves a missing adult babysitter and her two teen charges during a horrendous spate of rainstorms that are flooding the area. Suspects have questionable alibis, a religious cult and their members look suspicious, and even the teenager's own family are investigated. The ending is a surprise - as always. Loved this story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/22/2014

    " A wonderfully complex mystery with very well-drawn characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/21/2014

    " I feel it deserves a bit better, but can't say I liked it as much as many books. I conjecture that this could be because the author perhaps expected the reader to already be acquainted with the detectives and associated characters. I felt a lot of it was too easy to guess at where particular characters were concerned. I could guess at "who dun it" but the conclusion was based on information not given to the reader until AFTER the detective got to figuring it out, and happen chance information(supposition) at that. I like the character creations of the introduced well enough, maybe a tad stereotypical, but felt no kind of connection with any one character. "

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

    " Good English style mystery. I needed another light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Bradshaw | 1/8/2014

    " Always a good read with Ruth Rendell. Strangely enough, though, I had figured out the murderer fairly early on. Still... definitely recommend it to those who love contemporary British mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kae Cheatham | 1/6/2014

    " I found this quite ponderous, with lots of asides and moments when things became obvious but the principle characters never grasped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 12/31/2013

    " nice entertaining, quick read. Not her best though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/31/2013

    " Perfect British mystery, well plotted and written, with great characters and plot twists. Rendell has been a standout for so long, and deservedly so. "

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

    " I really enjoyed reading the book, but I wasn't completely enamored of how Rendell structured the ending. It's constructed like an Agatha Christie novel, when the detective explains everything at the end to astonished listeners. It was definitely a good read,though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Christiano | 12/26/2013

    " Interesting. First one and may be series with Wexler. Big holes in the plot to fall through. Big ones, but intriguing characters and some nice twists thrown in. "

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

    " I have only read a couple of Ruth Rendell books, but they have been fantastic. I am hoping to get my hands on a few more at the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rogers | 8/25/2013

    " A good mystery with some interesting characters. The plot moved slowly but allowed for an interesting subplot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 patience | 7/7/2013

    " I thought the portrayal of the Christian fudamentalists was interesting; the idea that for them sexual misconduct is a worse sin than killing or robbing someone really makes me reconsider what I know about Fundamentalists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temple | 5/13/2013

    " I began this book one day and finished it the next. Very well written. It read fast and I really enjoyed it. I can never guess the ending to Rendell's mysteries. She keeps me on my toes. I love them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/20/2013

    " One of a series. "

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

    " good book really enjoy the Wexford character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 9/18/2012

    " I thought this was a pretty good story but I can't say I liked or cared much about either the characters or the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/24/2012

    " Another solid installment in the Chief Inspector Wexford series. Ruth Rendell is a must-read for me. Her stories are always engaging and well-written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 12/11/2011

    " I'm not sure why I didn't like this book. It left me feeling depressed. Maybe it was all the rain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 10/10/2011

    " Read this awhile ago. I either love what Rendell does or appreciate that the writing is elegant, but not much else. This was a middling Rendell for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 9/25/2011

    " I enjoyed it. I will definitely be reading more Ruth Rendell. Why only 3 stars--I liked it. It wasn't amazing. It didn't change my life. But it was a nice, fast, mystery read. The end dragged a bit for me--but I find that endings often do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 5/6/2011

    " This book was OK. It was a solid mystery set in rural England... but it very slow to get going, and never really grabbed me. And I had a pretty good idea of who the bad guys were going to end up being from fairly early on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 3/28/2011

    " Normally I love Ruth Rendell, this was an unusual departure. It took too long and I didn't care about the characters in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 3/26/2011

    " More hysterical women and now domestic violence to boot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/8/2011

    " Ahh, Rendell: she sure knows how to tell an interesting, well-paced story. All the rain made me long for some here in not-yet-we-enough California! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kae | 2/18/2011

    " I found this quite ponderous, with lots of asides and moments when things became obvious but the principle characters never grasped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/12/2011

    " One of the better of the Inspector Wexford mysteries -- which is saying a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/30/2010

    " I liked the English-ness of it. The writing was decent. I'll read another of hers and then decide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maribeth | 11/17/2010

    " Probably the first Rendell I read. As a fan of the British whodunit, I'm always ready for an Inspector Wexford mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/23/2010

    " A good mystery with some interesting characters. The plot moved slowly but allowed for an interesting subplot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 8/17/2010

    " Apparently I first read this before I started using GoodReads. I kept thinking the storyline was vaguely familiar, which made the mystery fall a bit flat. Good writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 4/12/2010

    " This always brings to mind the Brighton Schoolgirl Murders back in the 1980's. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth RendellRuth Rendell has been awarded three Edgars for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as the Grand Master Award. In England, the Crime Writers’ Association has honoured her with two Gold Dagger Awards for best novel, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.
About the Narrator

Nigel Anthony is best known for his extensive broadcasts for BBC radio as a leading actor and for his Earphones Award–winning audio narrations. He has also appeared many times on television in series such as Casualty and Coronation Street, while on the stage he has appeared in Sick Dictators and Ghosts and has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and the Royal Shakespeare Company.