The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. With nothing more to go on than what appeared to be a sardonic gleam in the wide and staring eyes of the victim, It’s time for Wexford and his team to get pro-active. From a seemingly unremarkable death comes an intricate web of lies and deception. A wallet found in the victim’s handbag leads our hero, Inspector Wexford to a Mr. Grenville West, a writer whose plots revel in the blood, thunder, and passion of dramas of old; whose current whereabouts are unclear; and whose curious secretary--the plain Polly Flinders--provides the Inspector with more questions than answers. And when a second Grenville West comes to light, Wexford faces a dizzying array of possible scenarios--and suspects--behind the Comfrey murder.
©1978 Ruth Rendell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
This is a good book, but each chapter has been put on twice, 1, 1, 2, 2, etc. This is annoying
I particularly enjoyed this one, despite quickly uncovering the solution, and having to wait for the Inspector and his team to catch up - but it was a fun ride all the same.
Other highlights were the descriptions of 1970s London - oh, if only we could visit Hampstead in that day instead of today!
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A secret life would have been a better title for this murder mystery, which leaves you struggling, to determine the real story behind the identity of the murder victim. Well written, it captures the personal conflicts and lies that women, who wanted educations and careers, lived with in order to be liberated/equal to men. Recommend for everyone.
Inspector Wexford seems to be stumped on this one, with many digressions I certainly didn't expect. Excellent narration. I only wish the book had been longer.
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