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The Best Man to Die: An Inspector Wexford Mystery | [Ruth Rendell]

The Best Man to Die: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

Who could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be the prelude to the murder of his close friend Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's death was only the first in a string of puzzling murders involving small-time gangsters, cheating husbands, and loose women. Now Chief Inspector Wexford and his assistant join forces with the groom to track down a killer....
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Who could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be the prelude to the murder of his close friend Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's death was only the first in a string of puzzling murders involving small-time gangsters, cheating husbands, and loose women. Now Chief Inspector Wexford and his assistant join forces with the groom to track down a killer....

Investigate more cases with Inspector Wexford.

©1969 Kingsmarkham Enterprises Ltd. (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kathi 02-24-13
    Kathi 02-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    What did you love best about The Best Man to Die?

    Ruth Rendell writes in the classic mystery style, where the clues get revealed progressively with solid good work by the police. inspector Wexford is an old-fashioned inspector who solves the mystery through getting to understand the suspects' lives and motives. In this one, there are two cases which don't initially seem to have anything in common, though of course, they do.

    I would also like to say that Davina Porter was great as narrator. I've listened to a couple that I felt she didn't do as well, so was not sure if I would enjoy this one. But she was perfect! Great job bringing life and interest to the reading and also differentiating the voices. This could have been a dull book read by someone less talented. I'm really happy that I can sing her praises here. The ones I heard and didn't care for so much must (I'm delighted to say) have just been flukes.

    Highly recommend both book and reader!


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    DEBRA 11-29-11
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    "Wexford is back again and in fine form!"

    Inspector Wexford is back again and in fine form! Along with his ever present, righteously repressed, dour partner Burden, they plod along to solve yet another puzzling murder. For Wexford fans its a must "listen."

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    Peter Middleton, WI, United States 06-10-15
    Peter Middleton, WI, United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.

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    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Davina Porter?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the main characters more interesting


    Do you think The Best Man to Die needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. This is a crime formula book, a modern day Hercule Poirot without the panache and flair


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