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This time Wexford is investigating the murder of Elizabeth Nightingale, living a dull, well-off life in the country with her husband Quentin. Their marriage is completely passionless and sexless, but someone reacts violently enough to Elizabeth to murder her on one of her evening walks in the forest. Then along come Detectives Wexford and Burden to crack the case and drag up the psychology behind the characters.
Perhaps one of the reasons why I'm not raving about this novel is because the type of characters shown in it are my least favourite - a wealthy upper class couple, their servants and wealthy, upper class friends. I much prefer a detective novel that focuses on normal people rather than the Master and Mistress of the house and their stereotypical rough and uneducated working class servants. This certainly isn't a side of England that I recognise anymore and Rendell's newer Wexford novels reflect this, tending to focus on all different kinds of people in the social scale without being stereotypical. One of my favourite characters was Sean Lovell, whose thwarted ambitions to become a singer were strangely touching, particularly when Wexford overhears him pretending to be a popstar in his shed (we've all done it, haven't we? :-) )
The novel also looks at what it means to be a woman in 1970s Britain.Read more ›
Love this writer! Well-written with enough clues in it to keep you reading to find out who did it. Good twists.
I have read so much of the U.S. that I have turned to British as all of
her British mysteries are on my reading list. I highly recommend them
as the writing of the characters, settings, periods and happenings
are as if you were right there! Keep reading! You'll love it!
Some reviews built the ending as shocking, I have to say maybe I have read too much about darker side of human nature, but I did not find it particularly shocking. Unexpected, yes, properly foreshadowed, but unexpected, not shocking. On the other side, apparently it was published for the first time in 1970 (this is book number five in the series and she is up to book 23 if I am not mistaken?) so maybe it was shocking for 1970.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read ! Hard to put down! Ruth are dell is a great writer and I have enjoyed everything she's written.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good mystery with a surprising twist at the end. I love Ruth Rendell's work.Published 5 months ago by Sierra
We are both reading these, and I am for the second time. Really enjoy all the Inspector Wexford mysteries. This one is as great as any of the other ones.Published 12 months ago by James C. Barrick
Rendell has drawn complex and interesting characters once again. She makes those to the manor born so real. She understands their world.Published 13 months ago by Jholla
I guess I have read too many of the later books, which shows, she got better as she progressed with her characters and story line.Published 14 months ago by Eleanor Sprankle