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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.
I love audiobooks. They are so convenient.
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.
Police politics, intricate mystery, well drawn characters, great narrator - an excellent listen!
How do so many amazing mystery stories come from one person's mind?
My only criticism of Ruth Rendell's books as audiobooks is they are too short. This is fine if I read them in print because I have limited time for reading, but I have lots of time for listening!
One of the few writers I choose to read AND listen to.
Often, audio doesn't compare to print. But this is quite excellent.
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.
He brings refined poise to the work. It is a joy to listen to him.
At times, the end of a Rendell novel is brutal, but I enjoyed the end of this novel.
An enjoyable experience!
Interesting, if a little dated story: Or is it? Clergyman is concerned because his son wants to marry the daughter of an executed murderer. The degree to which this is such a deal breaker was amazing to me. Thinking this is more of a cultural issue. In the U.S., this would be stored up as ammunition for use at a later point. Unless, the offspring foamed at the mouth or displayed signs of violent behavior no one would care very much. The mysteries surrounding the executed man keep the story moving and the resolution is sound. However, you really need to be invested in the clergyman's dilemma to fully appreciate this one. Wexford is a marginal character.
"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.
"Long winded and very dreary"
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.
"not enough Wexford"
Despite being a Wexford mystery, there was very little Wexford in it. The main character was not very likeable. and didn't improve as the story progressed.
"A sound Wexfotd novel"
This is a very early Wexford novel which stands the test of time. As usual the narrator is excellent at bringing all the characters to life.
"Not the best"
Wish I had taken notice of other reviewers. I didn't like this book, Inspector Wexford very much in the background and I figured out how the plot was resolved before the end. Shame really as I very much enjoy Ruth Rendell.
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