Inspector Wexford

37 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,827 ratings

From Doon with Death Publisher's Summary

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...
©2007 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • From Doon with Death

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1  (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 385
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 282
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 282

    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...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It's worth starting here

    • By connie on 03-12-11

    Regular price: $14.38

  • Book 2

    • A New Lease of Death

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 128

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A New Lease of Death

    • By Nicole on 07-09-12

    Regular price: $15.66

  • Book 3

    • Wolf to the Slaughter

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Throroughly Enjoyable Mystery!

    • By Sarah on 05-11-15

    Regular price: $13.93

  • Book 4

    • The Best Man to Die

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    Regular price: $15.66

    • The Best Man to Die

    • An Inspector Wexford Mystery
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic who-dunnit

    • By Kathi on 02-24-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • A Guilty Thing Surprised

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ravenscroft
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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?

    Regular price: $13.93

  • Book 6

    • No More Dying Then

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    Regular price: $15.17

  • Book 7

    • Murder Being Once Done

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    Regular price: $13.93

  • Book 8

    • Some Lie and Some Die

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    For a while the music Festival in Kingsmarkham was going 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.In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, that is, until a hideously disfigured body is discovered in the nearby quarry.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Complex and compelling

    • By Sarah on 05-11-15

    Regular price: $17.76

  • Book 9

    • Shake Hands For Ever

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ruth Rendell Does Not Fail You For A Good Read

    • By Electic Chef on 07-09-12

    Regular price: $15.17

  • Book 10

    • A Sleeping Life

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 10
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • chapters are repeated

    • By Linda on 08-19-10

    Regular price: $13.93

  • Book 11

    • Death Notes

    • An Inspector Wexford Mystery
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Put on by Cunning

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Charles Kay
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the Best Mysteries I Have Ever Read

    • By Paul and Courtney on 01-05-12

    Regular price: $15.17

  • Book 12

    • The Speaker of Mandarin

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 12 (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Michael Bryant
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Under-appreciated gem of mystery writing

    • By Constance on 05-16-15

    Regular price: $15.17

  • Book 13

    • An Unkindness of Ravens

    • An Inspector Wexford Mystery
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating Plot

    • By Roberta L. Ruben on 07-31-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • An Unkindness of Ravens

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Michael Bryant
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly written and very entertaining

    • By Marilyn on 06-02-09

    Regular price: $18.33

  • Book 14

    • The Veiled One

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 14
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    Concealed by a shroud of dirty brown velvet was what looked like a heap of rags. In a desolate subterranean car park of a Shopping Centre, Dorothy Sanders pulled back the velvet curtain revealing the grim discovery of a woman’s body. Inspector Michael Burden, for a while conducting the investigation without the help of Wexford’s intuitive genius, blunders down a number of blind alleys before uncovering the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5/5*

    • By Mark Miller on 05-29-15

    Regular price: $19.71

    • The Veiled One

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    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.

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 15

    • Kissing the Gunner's Daughter

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 15 (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of Rendell's Best

    • By L. K. on 05-14-15

    Regular price: $20.34

    • Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining but predictable with rushed ending

    • By Customer on 08-17-12

    Regular price: $28.34

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