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Download The Monster in the Box: An Inspector Wexford Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,034 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Nicolas Coster Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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The Monster In The Box is the latest addition to Ruth Rendell's classic and beguiling Inspector Wexford series. In this enthralling new audiobook, Rendell, the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world (Time), takes Inspector Wexford back to his days as a young policeman, and to the man he has long suspected of murder - serial murder.

Outside the house where Wexford investigated his first murder case - a woman found strangled in her bedroom - he noticed a short, muscular man wearing a scarf and walking a dog. He gave Wexford an unnerving stare. Without any solid evidence, Wexford began to suspect that this man - Eric Targo - was the killer.

Over the years there are more unsolved, apparently motiveless murders in the town of Kingsmarkham, and Wexford continues to quietly suspect that the increasingly prosperous Targo - van driver, property developer, kennel owner, and animal lover - is behind them.

Now, half a lifetime later, Wexford spots Targo back in Kingsmarkham after a long absence. Wexford tells his longtime partner, Mike Burden, about his suspicions, but Burden dismisses them as fantasy. Meanwhile, Burden's wife, Jenny has suspicions of her own. She believes that the Rahmans, a highly respectable family from Pakistan, may be forcing their daughter, Tamima, into an arranged marriage - or worse.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 2/17/2014

    " It was good. Basically like the rest, yet different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melita Bray | 1/1/2014

    " A bit slow in places but on the whole found it a good book . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 12/31/2013

    " Always enjoy a good British mystery novel and this wasn't an exception. Now I'm on to what I've been waiting for -- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Savannah | 12/26/2013

    " Just couldn't get into it. Picked it up twice, read some, put it back down. It's obviously a slow started and that is often fine with me, but nothing in the first few chapters really engaged my interest enough to keep on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn Jordan | 12/25/2013

    " This is a very good novel. It is set in England. The detective in the story tries to solve several crimes with one criminal. The ending is unexpected and very well done. I enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/21/2013

    " like it so far - the characters are so real and the language/description is very appealing to me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 11/20/2013

    " Enjoyable Inspector Wexford mystery. This time we get a lot of backstory for the inspector, including how he met his wife, Dora, and the fact that Wexford himself has been stalked on and off for forty years by a man he suspects of being a serial killer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 10/10/2013

    " Interesting. Ending could be better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/4/2012

    " A light, enjoyable read - but not great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/20/2012

    " Mystery writers seem to run out of "original" ideas, after developing and solving numerous case so the story line gets more and more unusual, even bizarre. I am about "mysteried" out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 8/21/2012

    " duller than her usual fare... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Vidrine | 8/13/2012

    " i always like a british murder mystery "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 7/16/2012

    " Usually I enjoy Ruth Rendenll's book but this one wasa little on the dry and dull side, it felt like the plot was a continuation of previous book that was written. I liked how the antagonist was portrayed (Eric Targo). It didn't flow right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 6/17/2012

    " Disappointing and unsatisfying "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 5/2/2012

    " Even by Wexford standards this is a rather light novel. It's also a lazy one, with an obnoxious subplot about, of all things, Muslim forced marriage. Seriously? The villain hadn't any teeth, nor did Wexford require much wit to bring him to ground. Bad Rendell is still better than most, I suppose... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/6/2012

    " I didn't really like the main character. He seemed rather dull, and the writing matched. But I kept reading to "solve the mystery." Wouldn't recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck Howard | 10/5/2011

    " As usual, Rendell writes a good, readable, mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/17/2011

    " I only gave it a four because I couldn't figure out why the side story was included in the book. It all made sense in the end. Slow but good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mikhail Yukhnovskiy | 5/26/2011

    " sad, but true. Ruth Rendell is not the same... The rating I gave this book speaks for itself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 5/2/2011

    " Usually I enjoy Ruth Rendenll's book but this one wasa little on the dry and dull side, it felt like the plot was a continuation of previous book that was written. I liked how the antagonist was portrayed (Eric Targo). It didn't flow right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Silva | 4/8/2011

    " Wexford is introspective as usual in this new offering from Rendell. His long-standing obsession with the villain Targo is reminiscent of a younger Wexford/Rendell, strongly reminding me of A Speaker of Mandarin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 4/5/2011

    " Good book to recap Detective Wexford. Didn't like as much as some of her other books and even her other Wexford stories. However, was great plane read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/25/2011

    " Finally finished Monster in a Box, it took awhile, I read True Grit and A Man Called Horse by Dorothy M Johnson during the time I was reading Monster in a Box. It just seemed a little slow to develop, but I thought it ended well with a twist, although a bit predicable. "

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

    " It was good. Basically like the rest, yet different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta | 1/1/2011

    " Not so great - but I'm not really a Ruth Rendell fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 12/28/2010

    " Just finished this book! I love Ruth Rendell and the way she gets into the minds of her criminals and detectives! Great British murder mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/21/2010

    " I hadn't read any Rendell for a long time--now I want to go back and pick up where I left off. The Wexford series is a fun read. "

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

    " My first Inspector Wexford novel. I guess I sort of lucked out on the chronology. Liked the London descriptions. Like the book even more because of the somewhat bathetic ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta | 11/22/2010

    " Ruth Rendall is still a good writer but I think this series is running out of steam. No real suspence although the interconnected story about the "missing girl" was interesting, and reflected the complexities about diversity.

    Inspector Wexford seems tired. "

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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.