- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: August 30, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JV6EZK
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The Best Man to Die: An Inspector Wexford Mystery Audible – Unabridged
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For imagery alone it is worth going back to 1969 when Inspector Wexford's life was simpler. He has time to observe the weather, the night sky, and, in one majestic passage, the fields of grain in all their sunlit glory. Beyond that, you may be disappointed if you are used to contemporary Kingsmarkam. Most obvious are the dated references to contraceptives and troublesome wives and daughters, not to mention the absurdly low value of currency at the time. ("She was an heiress and she had a hundred thousand pounds...") In this and presumably her other early novels now available for the Kindle, Rendell shows how clever she is in constructing her crimes, but her characters are more predictable (in a class-conscious Britain), and the scenes seem almost to have been made for the stage. "The lightning flared into his face and, covering his eyes with one hand, he said desperately..." The biggest surprise to me was that the Inspector was grumpier and fustier back then. He continually spouts from literature, as he is still wont to do, and he enjoys curmudgeonly sparring with the local doctor, but he doesn't yet carry the weight of societal change and family disappointments.
I recommend reading THE BEST MAN TO DIE for social history and also to learn how writers evolve their series characters. I learned something by downloading what seemed like a bargain: On Kindle, the copyright will be the date the story was made into an e-book. The first date of publication was nowhere to be seen. Henceforth, I will check with one of several webs sites to get a chronological list of an author's novels before buying a book. In this case, the lower price is a tip-off.
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The story line is confused and non-gripping. So all in all, a Disappointing Ruth Rendell.
Psychology of characters spot on and saw another side of Wexford who finally showed his dislike of many involved and acted without his usual tolerance.
The story itself intriguing and moved at a good pace.
An involving read.