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The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19 | [Ruth Rendell]

The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19

With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy.
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Publisher's Summary

With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy. Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a case of kidnapping, perhaps connected with an unusual sect called the Church of the Good Gospel. But when the sitter's smashed-up car is found at the bottom of a local quarry - occupied by a battered corpse - the investigation takes on a very different hue.

For her 19th Chief Inspector Wexford mystery, Ruth Rendell tells a story that is as taut and atmospheric as anything she has ever written. Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger.

©2004 Ruth Rendell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The plot....marches efficiently to its unguessable dénouement while demonstrating Rendell's grasp of the psychological dynamics of seduction and exploitation which lie at the heart of the case." (The New Yorker)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-13-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-13-11 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "as good as anything Rendell has written"

    If you appreciate mysteries -- of the more traditional "cozy" variety rather than edge of seat potboilers with formula violence and sex-- this is a perfect listen. Rendell's characters, setting detail, plot, and atmosphere in this are right up there with P.D. James.

    Rendell's charaters age well, so rather than a vintage listen, Wexford and company reason their way through the Internet age as smartly as they did in early 60s England. But this listen builds soldily on the traditional English cozy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Lawrence State College, PA USA 03-31-11
    Frank Lawrence State College, PA USA 03-31-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Interesting and exciting"

    The two characteristics I look for in a detective novel are interesting and exciting. Both are present in this book. Not only is the text interesting but the excitment is greatly enhanced by the wonderful rendering given by Mr. Anthony. If you like whodunit books, this is one for you. I particularly liked the last two chapters. Wait until you hear them. It is quentisential Rendell

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Librarian OK, USA 09-16-12
    Librarian OK, USA 09-16-12 Member Since 2012

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "A Very English who done it."
    Where does The Babes in the Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks up in top 10% of my listens as that includes authors PD James, Wentworth, & Elizabeth George.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very English in style, as in more a talking rather than action mystery. Surprisingly modern in the matter of the crime motivation.


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

    The proper accents for characters' class in English society. Well done narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "An Inspector Wexford mystery" might say it all.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Aitken Madison, CT United States 03-23-11
    Erica Aitken Madison, CT United States 03-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good book, really annoying reader"

    I've read Ruth Rendell for decades. Her stories are well written, engaging, with unusually good character development. And this one is no exception. It's just so difficult to listen to narrator Nigel Anthony who will turn the simplest sentence into an uppity, affected question.... Or, even more annoying, let the most mundane statement trail into deep, personal, and fading introspection. I wish I had paid better attention to the audio sample.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Riley NELSON, New Zealand 09-19-11
    Riley NELSON, New Zealand 09-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "No match for the Inspector"

    Well the Inspector had it worked out long before me if thats possible on audio cd!
    Another fabulous mystery with characters you can see in your head as you listen.
    I felt I could disappear into the book and need not try to imagine the scene or the people, I was just there.
    Excellent narration, difficult I imagine with so many female parts. Great book.

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    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-30-12
    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-30-12
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    "Could hardly finish it"
    Any additional comments?

    A very slow, very English book. Not much happened and what did, took forever. Couldn't really get into it. Wouldn't listen again.

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