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The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. With nothing more to go on than what appeared to be a sardonic gleam in the wide and staring eyes of the victim, It’s time for Wexford and his team to get pro-active. From a seemingly unremarkable death comes an intricate web of lies and deception. A wallet found in the victim’s handbag leads our hero, Inspector Wexford to a Mr. Grenville West, a writer whose plots revel in the blood, thunder, and passion of dramas of old; whose current whereabouts are unclear; and whose curious secretary--the plain Polly Flinders--provides the Inspector with more questions than answers. And when a second Grenville West comes to light, Wexford faces a dizzying array of possible scenarios--and suspects--behind the Comfrey murder.

©1978 Ruth Rendell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Linda
  • Bay Shore, NY, United States
  • 08-19-10

chapters are repeated

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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicole
  • Flemington, Australia
  • 11-12-12

Another great tale of Inspector Wexford.

I particularly enjoyed this one, despite quickly uncovering the solution, and having to wait for the Inspector and his team to catch up - but it was a fun ride all the same.

Other highlights were the descriptions of 1970s London - oh, if only we could visit Hampstead in that day instead of today!

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  • AK
  • 12-06-16

quirky and cool!

as always... Rendell manages to keep you guessing.. Narration pretty good also. a good read!

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Twists and turns

Inspector Wexford seems to be stumped on this one, with many digressions I certainly didn't expect. Excellent narration. I only wish the book had been longer.

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  • Flint
  • 09-16-17

Dated, but still enjoyable

I like Inspector Wexford and I enjoy returning to the Wexford series, but they are now very dated. The plot was very interesting but some of the language and attitudes in the book are a bit uncomfortable for a modern reader. The narrator was excellent and I enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Maryb
  • 03-10-16

Excellent plot.

Would you listen to A Sleeping Life again? Why?

Not yet but may in the future. It' s a good Rendell as is usual.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't have a favourite.

Have you listened to any of Nigel Anthony’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Nice voice - didn't grate.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but didn't.

Any additional comments?

Ruth Rendell's books vary. Some I have read I didn't enjoy but I enjoyed this one.