Needed a palate cleanser after a crappy book and Rendell never disappoints, short or long form. This collection is dedicated specifically to Reginald Wexford, her intrepid investigator and a character I very much enjoy. He may not have the magician's panache of Sherlock, but he does have superlative detecting abilities based largely on his powers of observation, really paying attention, processing the information. etc. And these abilities are tempered by genuine interest in the world around him, kindness, lack of judgementalism, respect not just for the letter of the law but justice itself, gentle humor and consideration for others. The quintessential gentleman and a scholar with a keen mind and a good heart. The sort of qualities I admire most in a person. So, of course, it's enjoyable to see the world through Wexford's eyes as written by the ever so talented Ruth Rendell. Nothing uber violent or mind blowing here, no car chases or action scenes, just some great stories of quiet as it were detection. Lovely collection for mystery fans. Recommended.