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  • The Veiled One: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 14 | Ruth Rendell

    The Veiled One: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    Concealed by a shroud of dirty brown velvet was what looked like a heap of rags. In a desolate subterranean car park of a Shopping Centre, Dorothy Sanders pulled back the velvet curtain revealing the grim discovery of a woman’s body. Inspector Michael Burden, for a while conducting the investigation without the help of Wexford’s intuitive genius, blunders down a number of blind alleys before uncovering the truth.

    Teacher Lady says: "Narration Frustration"
  • From Doon with Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1  (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

    From Doon with Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1  (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    The first case for DCI Reg Wexford. When Margaret Parsons disappears, it's assumed that she's run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found and a startling discovery is made when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home...

    connie says: "It's worth starting here"
  • The Tree of Hands | Ruth Rendell

    The Tree of Hands

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Imelda Staunton
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Once when Benet was about fourteen they had been in a train together, alone in the carriage, and Mopsa had tried to stab her with a carving knife. It was some time now since Benet had seen her mad mother, and when Mopsa arrived at Heathrow, looking drab and colourless in a dowdy grey suit, Benet tried not to hate her. A death in the family precipitates a series of intertwined events - kidnap, murder, deception, and an overwhelming sense of guilt and yearning.

    Louise Chase says: "Confusing narration"
  • A New Lease of Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2 | Ruth Rendell

    A New Lease of Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.

    Nicole says: "A New Lease of Death"
  • Death Notes: An Inspector Wexford Mystery | Ruth Rendell

    Death Notes: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Inspector Wexford and his assistant Burden unravel the threads connecting the drowning of an elderly, world-renowned flautist and the murder of a woman whose identity confounds them.

  • An Unkindness of Ravens: An Inspector Wexford Mystery | Ruth Rendell

    An Unkindness of Ravens: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Chief Inspector Wexford finds nothing unusual in the disappearance of Rodney Williams, a husband and father who likely has run off with another woman. But when the man’s car and suitcase are discovered abandoned, can a body be far behind?

    Roberta L. Ruben says: "Feminists revenge"
  • Shake Hands For Ever: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 9 | Ruth Rendell

    Shake Hands For Ever: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    This case is proving a difficult one for Chief Inspector Wexford. All he has to go on is his own intuitive suspicions. Was he becoming cynical and untrusting or was this one of the most ingenious crimes he had ever tackled?

    Electic Chef says: "Ruth Rendell Does Not Fail You For A Good Read"
  • The Face of Trespass | Ruth Rendell

    The Face of Trespass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Two years ago, he had been a promising young novelist. Now he barely survives in a near derelict cottage with only his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two years of loving Drusilla - the rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The affair was over. But the long slide into violence had just begun....

  • Put on by Cunning: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11 | Ruth Rendell

    Put on by Cunning: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Charles Kay
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (42)

    Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.

    Paul and Courtney says: "One of the Best Mysteries I Have Ever Read"
  • The Girl Next Door: A Novel | Ruth Rendell

    The Girl Next Door: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944 - until one father forbids it - the subterranean space becomes their "secret garden," where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female.

    Happy Helena says: "Kept unfolding more twists and turns"
  • The Monster in the Box: An Inspector Wexford Novel | Ruth Rendell

    The Monster in the Box: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    In this enthralling new audiobook, Rendell, "the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world" (Time), takes Inspector Wexford back to his days as a young policeman, and to the man he has long suspected of murder - serial murder.Outside the house where Wexford investigated his first murder case - a woman found strangled in her bedroom - he noticed a short, muscular man wearing a scarf and walking a dog. He gave Wexford an unnerving stare....

    Paul says: "Not Good!"
  • The Copper Peacock and Other Stories | Ruth Rendell

    The Copper Peacock and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    With deceptive economy in these nine short stories, Ruth Rendell indicates hidden depths in ordinary events and creates a sense of profound unease. The stories are: 'A Pair of Yellow Lilies', 'Paperwork', 'Mother’s Hel'p, 'Long Live the Queen', 'Dying Happy', 'The Copper Peacock', 'Weeds', 'The Fish-Sitter', and 'An Unwanted Woman'.

    Die Falknerin says: "Nine tales of the unexpected"
  • No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel | Ruth Rendell

    No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (95)

    A female vicar named Sarah Hussain is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who finds the body, happens to also be in the employ of former Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford and his wife. When called on by his old deputy, Wexford, who has taken to reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as a retirement project, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators. Wexford is intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, but he's also desperate to escape the chatty Maxine.

    J.C.D. says: "INSPECTOR WEXFORD - RETIRED"
  • A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ruth Rendell

    A Sight for Sore Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Having published 45 books, Ruth Rendell is an internationally popular mystery writer. She has won four Gold Dagger and three Edgar awards. She has been presented with the Commander of the British Empire honor, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. In A Sight For Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell’s exceptional literary talent shines from each word. Teddy Brex is a handsome young man. Raised by parents who never loved him, he has grown to put his trust in objects.

    Yankee Bookworm says: "Amazing labyrinth"
  • The Rottweiler | Ruth Rendell

    The Rottweiler

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer 'The Rottweiler' and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close.

    Sparkly says: "Lots of atmosphere, and a Freudian mystery."
  • End in Tears | Ruth Rendell

    End in Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The driver behind is spared. But only for a while.

    Susan B. says: "Intriguing & complicated story"
  • Not in the Flesh: A Wexford Novel | Ruth Rendell

    Not in the Flesh: A Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
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    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    When the truffle-hunting dog starts to dig furiously, his master's first reaction is delight at the size of the clump the dog has unearthed: at the going rate, this one truffle might be worth several hundred pounds. Then the dirt falls away to reveal not a precious mushroom but the bones and tendons of what is clearly a human hand.

  • No Man's Nightingale: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 24 (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

    No Man's Nightingale: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 24 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Sarah Hussain was not popular in the community of Kingsmarkham. She was born of mixed parents - a white Irishwoman and an immigrant Indian Hindu. She was also the Reverend of St Peter's church. But it came as a profound shock to everyone when she was found strangled in the vicarage. A garrulous cleaner, Maxine, also shared by the Wexfords, discovers the body. In his retirement, the former Detective Chief Inspector is devoting much time to reading, and has little patience with Maxine's prattle.

  • The Crocodile Bird | Ruth Rendell

    The Crocodile Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Liza is raised in a remote rural hamlet. One evening, Liza’s mother orders her to leave home forever. Paralyzed at having to fend for herself, Liza finds refuge with Sean, a drifter with whom she begins to share the bizarre story of her life.

    Fay says: "The Crocodile Bird-not Rendell's best, still good"
  • Portobello: A Novel | Ruth Rendell

    Portobello: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Walking to the shops one day, 50-year-old Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. A man plagued by a shameful addiction - and his own good intentions - Wren hatches a plan to find the moneys rightful owner. Instead of going to the police, or taking the cash for himself, he prints a notice and posts it around Portobello Road. This ill-conceived act creates a chain of events that links Wren to other Londoners - people afflicted with their own obsessions and despairs.

    Lynn says: "Portobello's Lovely Mean Streets"
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