Industrial Deals Books Holiday Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Ed Sheeran egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Beauty Gifts Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer minions minions minions  Amazon Echo Starting at $84.99 Kindle Black Friday Deals Shop Now HTL
No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $26.00
  • Save: $6.50 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
No Man's Nightingale: An ... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This item is gently used in good or better condition. If it is a textbook it may not have supplements. It may have some moderate wear and possibly include previous ownerâ€TMs name, some markings and/or is a former library book. We ship within 1 business day and offer no hassle returns. Big Hearted Books shares its profits with schools, churches and non-profit groups throughout New England. Thank you for your support!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel Hardcover – November 5, 2013

228 customer reviews
Book 24 of 24 in the Inspector Wexford Series

See all 13 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$0.36 $0.01
Audio CD
"Please retry"

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
"The Nature of the Beast" by Louise Penny
Check out one of the featured titles this month in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, by Louise Penny. Learn more | See more from the author
$19.50 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel
  • +
  • The Girl Next Door: A Novel
Total price: $37.18
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Rendell's absorbing 24th Inspector Wexford novel (after 2011's The Vault), the Kingsmarkham, England, sleuth tries to find out who strangled the Rev. Sarah Hussain in the vicarage of St. Peter's Church, and why. The fact that Hussain was biracial and a single mother had galvanized bigots near and far, who resented her very existence as well as her modernizing the liturgy. When Wexford's grandson, Robin, begins dating Sarah's daughter, Clarissa, Robin gets entangled in identifying Clarissa's sperm-donor father—further upping the ante for Wexford. Is a white power group responsible for killing Sarah, or had a personal relationship curdled into fury? Suspects abound: the shiftless depressive Jeremy Legg; the Anglican traditionalist Dennis Cuthbert; and Gerald Watson, a stuffy old flame of the murdered woman. Wexford's strengths as a man and as a detective are his calmness and resilience. A serene atheist, he looks to the conscience of humanity and Britain's flawed but well-intended laws to glean whatever justice can exist today. Agent: Peter Matson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Nov.)

From Booklist

Firmly established in his retirement, former Chief Inspector Wexford is so thoroughly enjoying reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire that passages from it stud this narrative. Still, he leaps at the invitation, from his successor and former partner, Michael Burden, to visit the vicarage where the Reverend Sarah Hussein was strangled to death. Treading carefully in joining the murder investigation, the intuitive Wexford is most interested in the past of the late vicar, whose daughter, Clarissa, was born years after her mother was widowed. That Clarissa was to be told the circumstances of her birth when she turned 18, just a few months hence, adds to the intrigue. Wexford’s talkative cleaning woman, Maxine Sams, and her family also figure in the case, which is pursued rather languidly to its conclusion. In her twenty-fourth Wexford mystery, Rendell continues to raise social issues—sexism, racism, the modernization of the Church of England—but the series, like its protagonist, may be slowing down a bit with age. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Although this isn’t among the best in the long-running and much-adored Inspector Wexford series, it remains must reading for Rendell’s many well-earned fans. --Michele Leber

Hero Quick Promo
Holiday Deals in Kindle Books
Save up to 85% on more than 1,000 Kindle Books. These deals are valid until November 30, 2015. Learn more

Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Wexford
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1St Edition edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476744483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476744483
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

84 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Sarah S on August 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I girded my loins to give this title a less than stellar review, thinking that i would be a lone voice, but it seems that several of us long-time fans have been sorely disappointed by this latest effort. Isn't it a shame? I have to agree that the occasional pop culture references are utterly jarring; that the emphasis on race is distasteful and pretty unconvincing as a plot basis; that Reg Wexford, once an uncompromising, roaring, secretly literate and liberal copper is reduced to a hesitant, bumbling shadow of himself....

I made peace long ago with the realisation that it was hard to like most of Rendell's characters, but this half-hearted portrayal of a much loved and respected collossus of crime fiction feels like a betrayal. The Kingsmarkham social landscape has been reduced to a bizarre amalgam of Albert Square in full tabloid- hysteria mode and Surbiton in the 1960's. Sadly, I think Ms Rendell and I have reached a parting of the ways, but I'll remember the good times.
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mara Kurtz on January 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've loved Ruth Rendell for years and read all of her books with pleasure, but I really has to struggle to finish this one.
I read it in just two days but could not remember who the characters were. I kept going back to check names and even then I was confused.
The description of London neighborhoods was interesting, but I can read a travel book for that.
Many twists in the plot did not make sense as unresolved hints continued to mount.
I still don't understand the red and blue striped tie mentioned in four different places. That never went anywhere and seemed like a mistake. Editing needed!
By the last twenty pages I simply didn't care. The book gave me a headache.
Even the closing sentence was irrelevant. Skip it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Blue Lizard on February 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because Ruth Rendell has been my favorite crime writer for thirty-five years or so and I think she has written many brilliant novels. I am am glad she is still writing and I will always buy her books.

Given that, I must say this current Wexford is not good. Also of the three series of books Rendell writes: Ruth Rendell, Barbara Vine and the Inspector Wexford series, the Wexfords are my least favorites. I realize that other readers enjoy them the most. I have always found them slow and Wexford and his family have never come alive for me and his friendly/adversarial relationship with his conservative Burden was understood in the first Wexford and their differences do not bear constant repeating and explaining as it is slows whatever mystery is on its way to being solved. Also I don't think Ms. Rendell's greatest gift is as a mystery plotter a la Agatha Christie, but she is a master of psychological suspense, unlike Christie. The Wexford series tends to be geared more towards conventional mysteries with a lot of social commentary.


This one is a lot of social commentary with little mystery. Sarah Hussein, a female vicar is murdered - as is the racist gardener who may have seen her killer. It is as if the author is more interested in commenting on the cliched characters she populates the book with - misogynists, racists, wife abusers, women fabulists who make up stories for attention, a gay man who fathers the vicar's daughter via artifiical insemination. his quite possibly jealous boyfriend, old time clergy who resent the new and modern ways of the church.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M from California on December 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I used to look forward to the Inspector Wexford books & devoured them as soon as they came out, but it took me a week to read this book, it just wasn’t that interesting.

I think it was a big mistake to retire Wexford. He doesn’t feel like he belongs in the story anymore, nothing about him being involved feels natural. If Ruth Rendell thought he should be retired, then the series should have been retired. The way it is now, Wexford has been turned into Miss Marple, & Agatha Christie did it much better. Contrivances like having his cleaner being involved & his daughter having a room to let (really?) don’t do the series justice, Wexford is supposed to be a really good copper, not an amateur sleuth. And speaking of good coppers, apparently Mike Burden isn’t. The fact that he imprisoned an innocent man because he was too stubborn to listen, causing that man to eventually be killed, is just glossed over. How can there not be any consequences for that? Mike barely acknowledges it.

The mystery itself isn’t that interesting & the motive is kind of dumb. Add to that the completely uninteresting mystery of who Clarissa’s daddy is (and her ridiculous reaction when she finds out who it is), and this is not what I expected from a formerly great storyteller. I think it’s time to hang it up, this series is done.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Booker G on December 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Rendell is a pale imitation of her former self in No Man's Nightingale. While all the elements that comprise a Wexford mystery are present in this book, they are either in weak or overbearing form.

Regarding the weaker elements, Wexford also is a paler version of himself, though some of his best attributes are still part of his character. He is still thinking about words, what they mean and how certain phrases come to exist and be used in the English language (and annoying Mike Burden with such thoughts spoken out loud). He meditates on what he reads as relates to the world at the time of Gibbon and today. He quotes famous works. But when it comes to really living and acting Wexford seems to lack the zest he used to have. He conducts his personal investigation mostly through desultory conversations in which he seems determined to be so correct and inoffensive in his actions as a civilian that he accomplishes little and looks like a wimp.

There is a general weak aspect to the plot and its development--the usual Rendell complexity is lacking. Also, the book has a disjointedness about it, as though Rendell didn't feel the need to bother to connect sections and plot elements any more. There is more telling than showing, more explanation of something that has happened rather than live action.

The usual Rendell element that is overbearing in this book is Wexford's concern about political correctness. It is taken to the extreme in this book, and it hard to imagine how Wexford can get out of bed each day when he feels he must watch each word he says. Rendell's obsession with racism, feminism, sexist behavior, moralistic attitudes, etc, reaches new extremes in this book.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel
This item: No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel
Price: $19.50
Ships from and sold by