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....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
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'....
When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate....
A gripping stand-alone thriller from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series....
For her 19th Chief Inspector Wexford mystery, Ruth Rendell tells a story that is as taut and atmospheric as anything she has ever written. Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger.
If you appreciate mysteries -- of the more traditional "cozy" variety rather than edge of seat potboilers with formula violence and sex-- this is a perfect listen. Rendell's characters, setting detail, plot, and atmosphere in this are right up there with P.D. James.
Rendell's charaters age well, so rather than a vintage listen, Wexford and company reason their way through the Internet age as smartly as they did in early 60s England. But this listen builds soldily on the traditional English cozy.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The two characteristics I look for in a detective novel are interesting and exciting. Both are present in this book. Not only is the text interesting but the excitment is greatly enhanced by the wonderful rendering given by Mr. Anthony. If you like whodunit books, this is one for you. I particularly liked the last two chapters. Wait until you hear them. It is quentisential Rendell
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Where does The Babes in the Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Ranks up in top 10% of my listens as that includes authors PD James, Wentworth, & Elizabeth George.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Very English in style, as in more a talking rather than action mystery. Surprisingly modern in the matter of the crime motivation.
What does Nigel Anthony bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The proper accents for characters' class in English society. Well done narration.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
"An Inspector Wexford mystery" might say it all.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I've read Ruth Rendell for decades. Her stories are well written, engaging, with unusually good character development. And this one is no exception. It's just so difficult to listen to narrator Nigel Anthony who will turn the simplest sentence into an uppity, affected question.... Or, even more annoying, let the most mundane statement trail into deep, personal, and fading introspection. I wish I had paid better attention to the audio sample.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Well the Inspector had it worked out long before me if thats possible on audio cd!
Another fabulous mystery with characters you can see in your head as you listen.
I felt I could disappear into the book and need not try to imagine the scene or the people, I was just there.
Excellent narration, difficult I imagine with so many female parts. Great book.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about The Babes in the Wood? What did you like least?
I liked the main story and how as usual the story unfolded slowly. What made me not give the story more starts, was the side story involving Wexford's daughter, The way the author chose to handle the situation was very disappointing and it totally distracted me from the rest of the story.
What was most disappointing about Ruth Rendell’s story?
Like I said the way she handled what happened to Silvia, was a bit confusing. Everyone acted like it wasn't a crime, and there was nothing they could do. The whole thing that happened after, was beyond annoying. I could not believe Wexford did what he did after all he had witnessed.
What about Nigel Anthony’s performance did you like?
He did great, loved him.
Was The Babes in the Wood worth the listening time?
Yes, overall it was.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
A very slow, very English book. Not much happened and what did, took forever. Couldn't really get into it. Wouldn't listen again.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
I love Nigel Anthony's readings of Inspector Wexford novels. His vocal skills enable him to recreate Wexford's voice much as George Baker did on the on-screen version, and he's versatile enough to apply good voices for the other characters too.
As with most Wexford cases, there are all sorts of plot twists and turns, yet when eventually the denouement is reached, it has a pleasing psychological realism about it