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An Unkindness of Ravens: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13 | [Ruth Rendell]

An Unkindness of Ravens: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13

Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford - a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex.
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Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford - a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex.

©1985 Kingsmarkham Enterprises, LLC.; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Marilyn London, United Kingdom 06-02-09
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    "Brilliantly written and very entertaining"

    All the Inspector Wexford novels are a joy to read, and Michael Bryant is the perfect reader. All the characters are clearly and realistically differentiated, and every twist and turn in the plot held me enthralled.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Bartlett, TN, United States 06-09-09
    Cheryl Bartlett, TN, United States 06-09-09
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    "Great plot"

    This is an excellent summer listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Quitman, GA, United States 05-21-14
    Deborah Quitman, GA, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Awful, dismal, dated and contrived. So contrived."
    What disappointed you about An Unkindness of Ravens?

    The murder just does not make sense. There is no meat in it, nothing to serve as catharsis, or even reward, for trudging through the mid-1970s hippie trappings (as imagined, clearly, by someone not of the tribe. And the talked singing passages--cringe. More importantly, the victim, introduced immediately, is summarily abandoned, remaining a nonentity for the balance of this loose tale. By the time (finally) the murderer is revealed and the scene described, I had ceased really to care. And the misinformed use of marijuana as psychotic motivator just seems so silly. Bad trip all the way.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Michael Bryant: Thank you for NOT singing; you did your best with the talk-sing. Still; ugh.


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    L Manlius, NY, USA 05-11-13
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    "Classic Wexford"

    This is one of my favorite Inspector Wexford books. While the book was written in the mid-80s, the story holds up very well today.
    One of the beauties of Rendell's work is that while her characters grow and develop, you don't have to read the books in order. There are no spoilers between books.
    The narrator is well suited to the story and to the character of Wexford. (I don't like all the narrators for the series; I wish Michael Bryant was available for more.)
    Note: the narration on the actual file sounds better than the preview.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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