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The Vault | [Ruth Rendell]

The Vault

Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife, Dora, now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead, belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. Wexford takes great pleasure in his books, but, for all the benefits of a more relaxed lifestyle, he misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street changes everything. Tom Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.
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Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife, Dora, now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead, belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. Wexford takes great pleasure in his books, but, for all the benefits of a more relaxed lifestyle, he misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street changes everything.

Tom Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case. The bodies of two women and a man have been discovered in the old coal hole of an attractive house in St John’s Wood. None carries identification. But the man’s jacket pockets contain expensive jewelery.Wexford is intrigued and excited by the challenge...

©2011 Kingsmarkham Enterprises Ltd (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    ACT1 Australia 01-16-12
    ACT1 Australia 01-16-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Really enjoyed this"

    The Wexford novels are usually very good and this was no exception. Nicely read, it kept my attention going.

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    Ann Airdrie, AB, Canada 01-02-12
    Ann Airdrie, AB, Canada 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little choppy but I will always love Wexford!"
    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Nigel Anthony?

    Yes, I will always follow Wexfords adventures!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ruth Rendell? Why or why not?

    Yes I am a Wexford fan. I read Wexford to relax with an old friend. I trust Wexford!


    What three words best describe Nigel Anthony’s voice?

    An old friend


    Do you think The Vault needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    We need more of Wexford in his retirement role. He will make a great consultant or the head of some new department with other retired inspectors.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great series and feels like you know the family! Both on the job and when he is retired!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BookLady St. Cloud USA 10-27-11
    BookLady St. Cloud USA 10-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!"

    'The Vault' follows on from 'A sight for Sore Eyes' thus adding a great deal of depth to this book. While it does stand alone it would be a shame not to listen to 'A sight for Sore Eyes' first.
    Ruth Rendell is a truly gifted story teller. Unlike so many authors today she is able to draw the reader/listener into a web of intrigue without feeling the need to be blasphemous or to use extensive profanities - a great listen!

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  • Alan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    9/15/11
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    "Wexford should enjoy his retirement"

    After enjoying Wexford for so long I fear he has become tired as a character. This felt like a novel written because it was asked for and as such lacked passion. However it was beautifully read and it filled a boring bank holiday car journey quite acceptably.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Bath, United Kingdom
    10/5/11
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    "Disappointed Again"

    I wait eagerly every year for the new Ruth Rendell as her earlier novels remain in my opinion some of the best crime ever. However since Wexford retired things have gone downhill. Wexford is being used as a Met advisor and this really does not work. It starts off promisingly, however,by half way through I was feeling pretty bored and just wanted to get through it. I have given this 3 stars for old times sake but I'm willing Ruth Rendell to return to form. Maybe she should start a new series?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    Pretoria, South Africa
    9/22/11
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    "Not up to it"

    Was waiting for some action.Never happened! Really borring book. I would not recommend it.
    Just listened to carte Blance before this one

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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