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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,046 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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