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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Wexford Series Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781461811985
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Who would garrote a middle-aged housewife and leave her body in the parking garage of a suburban shopping mall? Chief Inspector Wexford is no sooner on the case than a car bomb’s explosion lands him in the hospital. It’s now up to Mike Burden to step in and solve the case. He’s got a suspect … but will he be able to make him talk?

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daimen Vauban | 2/10/2014

    " Classic whodunit. I thought it was well-written and quite entertaining. Read it over the course of three evenings and was sufficiently entertained. One of the best things about reading Ms. Rendell's novels is that she brings into them the psychological element. That really adds a new dimension to mystery reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 1/21/2014

    " A solid mystery filled with fascinating quirky characters and lots of likely suspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/15/2014

    " Great fun trying to guess the perp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathanielk | 1/11/2014

    " Before Ruth Rendell started going a bit soft...excellent exemplar of an outstanding series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/28/2013

    " If you like Christie-style mysteries, you will love Rendell's works. Ah, Englishness and clues! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Martira | 12/22/2013

    " Could this really be my first Ruth Rendell crime novel? I guess so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 12/17/2013

    " Great story for mystery lovers. Twists and turns make for a surprising ending. I read something about Ruth Rendell when her newest book came out and wanted to learn more about her. This book is quite British reminding me of that detective series on PBS. If you love mysteries, you'll love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 11/16/2013

    " Chief Inspector Wexford is investigating the murderer of a housewife in the parking lot of a shopping vented when his daughter's car is bombed. The book is a psychological mystery. I like the study of characters and their motives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/2/2013

    " If you like Christie-style mysteries, you will love Rendell's works. Ah, Englishness and clues! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/18/2013

    " One of my favorites so far. An Inspector Wexford novel in which a knitter features prominently.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 10/2/2013

    " I have yet to read a poor Ruth Rendell mystery. in fact I have enjoyed reading them all. Not all at once but over the years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbugsy | 9/17/2013

    " The book was very interesting. The ending was a big surprise. "

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

    " just a shout out to ms rendell - i THINK this is the Jeri Harshman just gave me and that I read, but Rendell is just always good. I think she writes under another name too, barbara vine or somethin' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 6/11/2013

    " First time I had ever encountered Inspector wexford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 6/3/2013

    " It's Rendell, of course I liked it. This one had me guessing until the end. I liked Mike getting a bit rattled, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 4/9/2013

    " Dreary characters make for depressing reading & I found the ending a tad convoluted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 3/29/2013

    " Dreary characters make for depressing reading & I found the ending a tad convoluted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathanielk | 3/22/2013

    " Before Ruth Rendell started going a bit soft...excellent exemplar of an outstanding series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 3/18/2013

    " A solid mystery filled with fascinating quirky characters and lots of likely suspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felisa Rosa | 1/14/2013

    " Ruth Rendell is an excellent writer with an extremely dark take on the human condition. This is one of her better books, I think. Satisfyingly creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence Primrose | 1/10/2013

    " Inspector Wexford, once again is involved in an unlikely death, while his daughter is part of a protest and a bomb nearly kills the Inspector. Another good English mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 12/25/2012

    " Great story for mystery lovers. Twists and turns make for a surprising ending. I read something about Ruth Rendell when her newest book came out and wanted to learn more about her. This book is quite British reminding me of that detective series on PBS. If you love mysteries, you'll love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/16/2012

    " One of my favorites so far. An Inspector Wexford novel in which a knitter features prominently.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 12/3/2012

    " Chief Inspector Wexford is investigating the murderer of a housewife in the parking lot of a shopping vented when his daughter's car is bombed. The book is a psychological mystery. I like the study of characters and their motives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea Klapwald | 11/12/2012

    " My first Inspector Wexford mystery and my first experience with Ruth Rendell. It made me continue on and on and on. I'd like to reread it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felisa Rosa | 11/4/2012

    " Ruth Rendell is an excellent writer with an extremely dark take on the human condition. This is one of her better books, I think. Satisfyingly creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence Primrose | 11/3/2012

    " Inspector Wexford, once again is involved in an unlikely death, while his daughter is part of a protest and a bomb nearly kills the Inspector. Another good English mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea Klapwald | 9/18/2012

    " My first Inspector Wexford mystery and my first experience with Ruth Rendell. It made me continue on and on and on. I'd like to reread it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 6/5/2012

    " Great fun trying to guess the perp. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 5/18/2012

    " I have yet to read a poor Ruth Rendell mystery. in fact I have enjoyed reading them all. Not all at once but over the years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/7/2012

    " It's Rendell, of course I liked it. This one had me guessing until the end. I liked Mike getting a bit rattled, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbugsy | 1/1/2012

    " The book was very interesting. The ending was a big surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Martira | 11/27/2011

    " Could this really be my first Ruth Rendell crime novel? I guess so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 9/28/2011

    " First time I had ever encountered Inspector wexford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/23/2011

    " I love a good British mystery, and Rendell doesn't disappoint. She tells a good story with well developed characters. She kept me guessing as to who murdered a local woman at a shopping center.

    I will read more Inspector Wexford mysteries. "

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

    " Inspector Wexford, once again is involved in an unlikely death, while his daughter is part of a protest and a bomb nearly kills the Inspector. Another good English mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/29/2011

    " just a shout out to ms rendell - i THINK this is the Jeri Harshman just gave me and that I read, but Rendell is just always good. I think she writes under another name too, barbara vine or somethin' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/8/2010

    " just a shout out to ms rendell - i THINK this is the Jeri Harshman just gave me and that I read, but Rendell is just always good. I think she writes under another name too, barbara vine or somethin' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 1/13/2010

    " First time I had ever encountered Inspector wexford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/4/2009

    " If you like Christie-style mysteries, you will love Rendell's works. Ah, Englishness and clues! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbugsy | 6/22/2009

    " The book was very interesting. The ending was a big surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 8/19/2008

    " Hmm.....lots of positive comments here at Goodreads on this one which I thought was just ok & a bit slow in pacing. I probably would have put it down part way through if I hadn't been listening to it on tape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 11/16/2007

    " A solid mystery filled with fascinating quirky characters and lots of likely suspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathanielk | 7/25/2007

    " Before Ruth Rendell started going a bit soft...excellent exemplar of an outstanding series. "

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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

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration.She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and The Square One Theater, among others.