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Most people would have screamed. Mrs Hathall made no sound. She had seen death many times before, but she had never before seen a death by violence. Heavily, she plodded across the room and descended the stairs to where her son waited. ‘There’s been an accident’, she said. ‘Your wife’s dead.’

Chief Inspector Wexford could discover no motive, no reason and no suspect – all he had were his intuitive suspicions. Probably he was reading meaning where there was none; probably Angela Hathall really had picked up a stranger, and that stranger had killed her. But why such doubt? Was Wexford becoming cynical and untrusting – or was this simply one of the most ingenious crimes he had ever tackled?

©1995 Ruth Rendell (P)2010 HarperCollins

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  • sams247
  • 04-27-17

Great story, well told

Would you consider the audio edition of Shake Hands for Ever to be better than the print version?

I cant compare as I have never read the book, but I loved the voices so I could say yes on that basis

Who was your favorite character and why?

Has to be Wrexford - just simply the character of the man

Which character – as performed by George Baker – was your favourite?

Again, Wrexford

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Cant think of anything applicable that wouldnt spoil the plot

Any additional comments?

If you like a gentle mystery.well told, with characters you can believe in then listen in, it was a lovely way to while away the endless drive on the M40 commute

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