Inspector Wexford
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  • 1

    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
    (150)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    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"
    It's worth starting here

    I started Rendell with her later Wexford mysteries, but hesitated to spend a credit on this one because it was both older and shorter. I'm glad I fina..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 12 2011 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 2

    Wolf to the Slaughter: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Anita Margolis had vanished. There was no body, no crime, nothing more concrete than an anonymous letter and a name. A pattern soon emerged to the investigation. Not only had Anita been wealthy and flighty, she had been thoroughly immortal, too.

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  • 3

    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
    (68)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    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"
    A New Lease of Death

    I enjoyed this one much more than the first Wexford book: it's like Ruth Rendell is getting into her stride, the characters are well painted and the s..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 09 2012 by Nicole (Flemington, Australia)
  • 4

    The Best Man to Die: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    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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    The Best Man to Die: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (28)

    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....

    Kathi says: "Classic who-dunnit"
    Classic who-dunnit

    Ruth Rendell writes in the classic mystery style, where the clues get revealed progressively with solid good work by the police. inspector Wexford is..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 24 2013 by Kathi (Sterling, VA, United States)
  • 5

    A Guilty Thing Surprised: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Christopher Ravenscroft
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The Nightingales were always a very happy couple. So why did someone batter Elizabeth Nightingale to death in the woods that dark September night? Can DCI Wexford discover a motive?

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  • 6

    No More Dying Then: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    An Inspector Wexford mystery. On a stormy February afternoon, little Stella Rivers disappears and is never seen again. Then, on a warm October day, five-year-old John Lawrence fails to come home, and evil, mad, taunting letters begin, which make the worst, unspoken imaginings a brutal reality.

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  • 7

    Murder Being Once Done: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The death of an unknown girl in a London cemetery shouldn't have been a case for Wexford, but it proved to be one of the most macabre of his career.

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  • 8

    Some Lie and Some Die: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    For a while the Pop Festival at Sundays went well. The sun shone, the groups played and everyone - except a few angry neighbours - seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed, and a young couple made a gruesome discovery.

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    Some Lie and Some Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    For awhile, the rock festival at "Sundays" went well. The sun shone, the bands played, and everyone - except a few angry neighbors - seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed. And in a nearby quarry, two lovers found a body that made even Inspector Wexford's stomach lurch.…

    ShySusan says: "Everyone in this book is neurotic."
    Everyone in this book is neurotic.

    I know that I am in the minority here, but I don't care. I've got to have my say on this book. Every. Single. Blessed. Person. In. This. Book. Is...Show More »

    Reviewed on October 10 2013 by ShySusan (Somewhere in Darkest Utah)
  • 9

    Shake Hands Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    The bed was neatly made, and the woman on top neatly strangled. According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. So who managed to gain entry and strangle her without a struggle? That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford.

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    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
    (33)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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"
    Ruth Rendell Does Not Fail You For A Good Read

    I inherently love the Wexford character and Ms Rendell's ability to understand human behaviour. The performance was very good. I read in about every i..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 09 2012 by Electic Chef (USA)
  • 10

    A Sleeping Life: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. The grey eyes were wide and staring, and in them DI Wexford thought he saw a sardonic gleam. But that must have been his imagination. However, he didn't have much more to go on.

    Linda says: "chapters are repeated"
    chapters are repeated

    This is a good book, but each chapter has been put on twice, 1, 1, 2, 2, etc. This is annoying

    Reviewed on August 19 2010 by Linda (Bay Shore, NY, United States)
  • 11

    Death Notes: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    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.

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  • 12

    The Speaker of Mandarin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Michael Bryant
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    There were some things about Chief Inspector Wexford's trip to China that he could never have dreamt of, that an old woman would haunt him from one city to the next, that a man would be tragically drowned, or that, back in England, he would be investigating the murder of one of his fellow tourists.

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  • 13

    An Unkindness of Ravens: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    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?

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Michael Bryant
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    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.

    Marilyn says: "Brilliantly written and very entertaining"
    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 differ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 02 2009 by Marilyn (London, United Kingdom)
  • 14

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    In a desolute underground car park, beneath a heap of rags lies the body of a woman. Inspector Mike Burden blunders down several blind alleys before uncovering the truth...

    Greg says: "Good book, not a great book"
    Good book, not a great book

    Too much social commentary for my taste. Otherwise, a good book but nearly unintelligible narration.

    Reviewed on May 09 2011 by Greg (minnetonka, MN, United States)
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    The Veiled One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Wexford is shopping for his wife’s birthday present when the body of a strangled woman is discovered nearby. Then his daughter is arrested for an anti-nuclear war demonstration, and a car bomb puts him in the hospital while a psychopathic killer is loose and bent on revenge.

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  • 15

    Kissing the Gunner's Daughter: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 15 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (20)

    The massacre at Tancred House seems at first to be the work of a burglar, panicked into killing. But Chief Inspector Wexford believes there are links with the murder of a Kingsmarkham detective some ten months earlier.

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    Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Wexford is horrified by the carnage he encounters at Tancred Manor, home of a famous anthropologist, but he is determined to do all that he can for 17-year-old Daisy, the only survivor of the mass murders that obliterated her family.

    N. says: "Entertaining but predictable with rushed ending"
    Entertaining but predictable with rushed ending

    Predictable, Conventional, Procedural

    Reviewed on August 17 2012 by N. (USA)
  • 16

    Simisola: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Christopher Ravenscroft
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    When the daughter of Inspector Wexford's GP goes missing, he must battle through the prejudice to discover the shocking truth.

    Katherine says: "Very listenable"
    Very listenable

    Good plot development - interesting characters - well written descriptions. Only criticism I have is that the narrator's voice for the main character..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 25 2012 by Katherine (YANCO, Australia)
  • 17

    Road Rage: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A bypass is planned in Kingsmarkham, but before the protestors make their presence felt, the badly decomposed body of a young woman is discovered. Burden thinks he knows the identity of the murderer, but Wexford is not convinced.

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    Road Rage: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    A proposed highway through a forest near Kingsmarkham has caused loud cries of protest. One group has taken more drastic measures. It will risk everything—including the lives of five hostages—to halt construction. When Inspector Wexford learns that one of the hostages is his wife, Dora, he is caught in a spiral of frustration and fear. The gripping drama of his search takes on added intensity through Davina Porter’s crisp narration.

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  • 18

    Harm Done: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 18  (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Two young girls disappear then return home unharmed some days later. Chief Inspector Wexford is concerned about a pedophile who has been recently released back into the community but cannot foresee a series of serious crimes waiting to happen.

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    Harm Done: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Harm Done presents the inspector with a most volatile challenge: the various guises of domestic abuse. The residents of a shabby housing complex in the London suburb of Kingsmarkham are furious. A convicted pedophile, released from prison, has returned to their community. At the same time, two young women disappear, each returning several days later with little memory of where she has been. As Wexford investigates, Kingsmarkham is rocked by violence and murder. To prevent further harm, the inspector must coax some surprising motives from the reluctant suspects.

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  • 19

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    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.

    connie says: "as good as anything Rendell has written"
    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 p..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 13 2011 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 20

    End in Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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"
    Intriguing & complicated story

    I quite enjoyed this book. I had never read any of the "Inspector Wexford" books by Ruth Rendell, and was relieved that I didn't have to have read any..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 02 2006 by Susan B. (Bay Area, CA)
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    End in Tears: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 21

    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
    (48)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    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.

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    Not in the Flesh

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury: a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for 10 years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton sheet. The post mortem cannot reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man’s ribs. The police computer stores a long list of missing persons: something like 500 people every day disappear nationwide.

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  • 22

    The Monster in the Box: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Wexford had almost made up his mind that he would never again set eyes on Eric Targo. And yet there he was, back in Kingsmarkham, still with that cocky, strutting walk. Years earlier, when Wexford was a young police officer, a woman called Elsie Carroll had been found strangled in her bedroom. Although many still had their suspicions that her husband was guilty, no one was convicted.

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    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
    (56)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    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!"
    Not Good!

    It has taken me six months to finish this book, I had to stop listening then go back, the narrator was awful, the story line was interesting but not r..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 16 2010 by Paul (Martinez, GA, United States)
  • 23

    The Vault

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    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.

    ACT1 says: "Really enjoyed this"
    Really enjoyed this

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

    Reviewed on January 16 2012 by ACT1 (Australia)
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    The Vault: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    The impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a detective superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.

    Norma says: "This said it is unabriged, but is it"
    This said it is unabriged, but is it

    As usual, a good story by Ruth Rendell...but I recognize it from a much longer story in which we see the murders, the sealing up of the door, the arti..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 01 2011 by Norma (Grand Rapids, MI, United States)