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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.)
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 LeberSee all Editorial Reviews
No Man's Nightingale by Ruth Rendell.
Inspector Wexford is retired but anxious to get back into the game. Life without a murder to solve seems to be somewhat of a bore. Read more
Enjoyed the story very much. Hadn't read one of her books in many years.Published 12 days ago by Karen Warren
I enjoyed reading this but it was a bit like Sherlock Holmes being brought back to life; I don't think Wexford would want to be remembered like this. Read morePublished 14 days ago by susankaye
Liked it a lot. Enjoyed the story. Anxious to read another by Ruth. Hope to do so soon.
Autism and Asberger's Syndrome have always been of interest to me as a retired sp. ed. teacher. This book is very thorough and covers many aspects of Autism. Read morePublished 18 days ago by C. Beaton
Sadly not up to her usual standard. I found it a chore to read but plugged on. The story was at times confusing, and the resolution of the mystery felt hurried. Read morePublished 1 month ago by christine sultana
I normally don't care for Ruth Rendell novels, but this one kept my attention the whole way. Recommend reading it.Published 1 month ago by Michael Colacicco
Ruth Rendell hasn't lost a step and neither has inspector Wexford .Published 1 month ago by Hugh T. McCann