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A New Lease of Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2 | [Ruth Rendell]

A New Lease of Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2

Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.
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Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.

©1994 Ruth Rendell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Nicole Flemington, Australia 07-09-12
    Nicole Flemington, Australia 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A New Lease of Death"

    I enjoyed this one much more than the first Wexford book: it's like Ruth Rendell is getting into her stride, the characters are well painted and the story satisfyingly complex. Nigel Anthony does a good job bringing it to life too: I could almost see the house where the murder took place.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mara EUREKA, CA, United States 12-26-11
    Mara EUREKA, CA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010

    I love audiobooks. They are so convenient.

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    "Great Wexford"

    I love Wexford and Burden. I haven't finished all of the story but I know it will be great. So far I am liking it.

    I am listening to the series from the beginning. This my second Wexford. Over the years I have gotten either a cassette or CD and listened to the series out of order, but I still like the stories.

    I have something to look forward to my train and bus trip home.

    Mara Pemberton

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Homestead, FL, United States 03-25-13
    Lisa Homestead, FL, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Delicate and Deadly Characterization"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A New Lease of Death to be better than the print version?

    Often, audio doesn't compare to print. But this is quite excellent.


    What other book might you compare A New Lease of Death to and why?

    This book is in line with Rendell's other Wexford novels, because her characterization, especially of younger people, is well developed. That is to say, she masters all aspects of human nature. She illustrates that the "formative years" really form the individual.


    What does Nigel Anthony bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings refined poise to the work. It is a joy to listen to him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At times, the end of a Rendell novel is brutal, but I enjoyed the end of this novel.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable experience!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Susan
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    8/24/09
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    "Unmistakable Ruth Rendell"

    One of her best - the caracters are beautifully drawn and as the story unfolds it continually holds surprises and twists due to human nature - I thoroughly enjoyed it as I did the voice of Nigel Anthony.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G. Myers
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    "Long winded and very dreary"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is the second chief inspector Wexford book I have purchased, and it may well be my last I spend valuable credits upon.
    Quite how Ruth Rendell got such a huge following is almost beyond me, her takes are drawn out and overly fussy without the ability to create (in me at least) any kind of enthusiasm for the characters.
    I am afraid the best I can say of this book is it is slow & dreary i am seeking to return it.


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