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From Doon with Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1 (Unabridged) Audible – Unabridged
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But, in the end, it is the story, even more, the psychology of the characters in it, which drove this first Kingsmarkham mystery. Rendell bravely, for the early 1960's in which she wrote this, explores the various faces of love experienced and love rejected, of lives twisted to constrain secrets. She writes confidently and forthrightly, exhibiting her abiding interest in the shaping of human lives and communities by personal and social forces, an interest which blossomed richly in her subsequent writings and public life.
If you, like me, have fallen happily into the moral and human exploration that Rendell and Wexford have given us, I think you will find this first Wexford mystery enjoyable in its own right, and fascinating as the jumping off point from which one of the late twentieth century's best writers developed her own powerful strain of a well-mined genre.
To me ' From Doon With Death ', was thin needed more detail,fleshing out. However as a good author she does this in later books. Gets to know her characters better . In reading a series from the beginning you grow with the characters and I like the gradual process. I'm liking the inspector more with each books. I look forward to going through the series.
Once more I saw the ending coming. But that's OK. I want to see the village, the characters, etc. I enjoyed this well-written mystery and look forward to continuing.
all in all, a pleasant book but nothing much out of the ordinary.
Mystery writing is my favorite.
What caught my attention more, though, was Rendell's writing style: her careful choice of words that was intelligent without seeming pompous, her attention to detail as she made this world appeal to--or offend, as the case may be--every sense, and the depth and perceptiveness she injected into her characters in realms ranging from love to literature to fashion. Inspector Wexford, himself, seems much more human, down-to-earth, and fallible than the stereotypical sleuth, and from what I've read about the series, Rendell was barely scratching the surface of his character at this point as she didn't yet clearly envision turning this into a series.
I just finished this book today and already decided to purchase the first four through Amazon, not just based on my enjoyment of this book (I really liked it but wasn't blown away), but because it sounds like there's a great leap in quality by book two, Wolf to the Slaughter. I'm giving my current copy away for someone else to read.
I rated this book as it compares with my exposure to literature in general, not, obviously, as it compares with other Rendell novels. Recommended.