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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Wexford Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781442341982
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Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife, Dora, now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coach house in Hampstead, belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. Wexford takes great pleasure in his books, but for all the benefits of a more relaxed lifestyle, he misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street changes everything.

Tom Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case. The bodies of two women and a man have been discovered in the old coal hole of an attractive house in St John’s Wood. None carries identification. But the man’s jacket pockets contain expensive jewelry. Wexford is intrigued and excited by the challenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] fiendish plot…Wexford hasn’t lost his touch.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is Ruth Rendell at her authoritative best.”

    Washington Times

  • “Easily outshines most of the competition on either side of the Atlantic.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ex-Chief Inspector Wexford returns from retirement to solve a most unlikely case…An undoubted tour de force likely to offer enjoyment both to readers with long memories and to those approaching it as a stand-alone.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jendi | 2/1/2014

    " I wouldn't recommend this book for survivors of intimate partner violence because Inspector Wexford engages in some *nasty* victim-blaming. Without that, I would have given this book 3 stars because it was an enjoyable, if standard, police procedural. As a sequel to her masterful dark thriller "A Sight for Sore Eyes", it doesn't measure up to the previous book's psychological depth or the poetic justice of its ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this. Not one of Rendell's best, but I always like reading another episode in Wexford's life. He's now retired, and living part of the time in London, where he becomes unofficially involved in solving a crime. The mystery is interesting, but I really enjoy other aspects of the story: Wexford's family dynamics, the geography of London, descriptions of houses, architecture and interiors. And all the many secondary characters are interesting as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/26/2014

    " Rendell has the real knack for keepng the reader interested. There were a few inconsistencies, which with a less talented writer I would have knocked this down to a 2 star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen Woodside | 1/5/2014

    " Chief Inspector Wexford may be retired, but his expertise is still needed. Wexford is asked to "assist" in the investigation of 4 bodies found in an underground chamber. Three of the bodies have been there for years, and one has only been entombed for about 2 years. Wexford finds his unofficial status both helps and hinders him in his quest to solve the myatery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lise Petrauskas | 12/31/2013

    " I always enjoy the Wexford novels. This one picks up on the earlier A Sight for Sore Eyes, which is one of Rendell's most psychologically disturbing books and has one of the creepiest endings of any book I've ever read. I highly recommend reading them in order. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 11/5/2013

    " Could not believe the amount of errors. Could not keep the victims apart. Need I say more? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Jeffcoat | 11/1/2013

    " Another Inspector Wexford novel, this one about 4 bodies that are discovered in an underground chamber. With his usual "Sherlock Holmes" deducing powers, Wexford solves the crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shirley Campbell | 9/25/2013

    " I love Ruth Rendells books but found this one hard to get into but I finished not her best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Witchypoo | 9/1/2013

    " not one of her best but better than some of the more recent offerings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Bloom | 8/23/2013

    " Loved it. kind of a sequel to a Sight for Sore Eyes, but not as deep or riveting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krishna Kumar Menon | 2/22/2013

    " Wexford as a retired cop. Rendell is losing it - Wexford sounds tired and the villains uninteresting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 2/15/2013

    " For some reason as I read this book I had to reread sentences and paragraphs for them to make sense. The story was convoluted with so many characters. I've pretty much decided that Ms Rendell is anti-religion which comes out in her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 10/3/2012

    " slow going at first. filled with repetitious "filler". portrait of daughter and parent relationship thought provoking...well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 7/22/2012

    " a good mystery book, with nice plot twists that deal not with a mastermind pulling the strings but with life getting in the way of solving a crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 1/21/2012

    " A rather ho-hum mystery is redeemed by the wonderful Wexford and his family dynamic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary | 11/3/2011

    " Worth reading if you're interested in what's happened to Wexford after retirement. It is a solid journeyman effort, but certainly not one of Rendell's better works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 10/31/2011

    " Once again Ruth Rendell held my attention completely, Former Inspector Wexford solves anothr long time murder mystery with his constant following of clues and details, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 10/17/2011

    " Inspector Wexford may be retired, but his advice still is sought. I love Rendell's attention to the details of individual lives and personalities, involving the reader in her stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 10/2/2011

    " This was a real pot-boiler...the plot was thin, and the secondary plot, involving one of Wexford's whiny, self-absorbed daughters [of whom there are two...] was clumsy and annoying. Don't really like this author's work and think I will not pick up another of her books. "

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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

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.