I hoped by reading early books in the series that I would learn more about Wexford but all I learned in this book is that his daughter is named Sheila and is seventeen. But in this book it is Burden who starts to put two and two together and drags Wexford out on a cold night to the Olive and Dove to try to sell him his theory. The problem here is that Inspector Wexford takes a backseat to the other cops in the story for so much of the time that no one is truly in the driver's seat. As others have said, the book is well written, and I've increased my vocabulary - especially for descriptions of upholstery, and carpeting. Meanwhile, a beautiful, promiscuous woman is missing -- along with the bundle of cash she'd had in her pocket. A vague but genius artist reports his sister is missing, and it is assumed she is the victim. Lust and love appear in equal amounts in this 1967 novel which features a plot twist at the end.
Anyhow it was enjoyable, very enjoyable. The third book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford. I consider this book to be literary fiction of the highest quality. A mini-series adapted from the novel was produced by in 1987. I really think, in the earlier Wexford books, Ruth Rendell may have been gearing up Inspector Burden to be the pivotal figure in the Kingsmarkham series.
I am impressed by the strength of vocabulary used in the older novels written by authors such as Rendell. Your mind starts to t When I am absolutely in the mood to be gripped and entertained, I usually can rely on a mystery by Ruth Rendell or her pseudonym Barbara Vine to do the job. Maybe it was just the Kindle version, but it was hard to tell when one section ended and another started. The beginning of the novel set up a nice mystery, but then it got bogged down with too many unlikeable characters. The only thing I can say is that I often read pages automatically, only to find out after after a f I tried ten times to get into this, but it just wouldn't work. Fans of the-end-justifies-the-means school of law enforcement have Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels; for more gruesome crimes and snappier dialog, there are John Sanford's Lucas Davenport books.
Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. Dark and exquisite, Anita's character is as mysterious as her disappearance. . I don't think I will read any more of the Inspector Wexford novels. It begins with a missing woman, who based on an unsigned note is assumed to be dead.
So far there's no compelling reason to be interested in Wexford. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart. But just as I couldn't get interested in the murdered people and the suspects, the plot line of the policemen was even more boring. This is an earlier work by the Baroness. She is reported missing soon after by her brother, whom she shared a flat with, the acclaimed but eccentric artist Rupert Margolis.
Rendell obviously was a well-read woman who observed life carefully and is able to pass on her wisdom without sounding pretentious. After all, she was that sort of woman, in Burden's opinion. I am sorry it took me so many years discover this writer. Then one evening a man with a knife turned the love nest into a death chamber. But Wexford and Burden have different theories about the disappearance of the eccentric Anita Margolis. It is also I really think, in the earlier Wexford books, Ruth Rendell may have been gearing up Inspector Burden to be the pivotal figure in the Kingsmarkham series.
The carpet was soaked with blood -- but where was the corpse? I found myself rereading paragraphs to try to follow the narrative. Sordid affairs keep being revealed--and even initiated--all over the place, and the novel becomes a lament of dissatisfaction as much as a mystery, a set of people looking at their lives and asking if that's all there really is. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. Her final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015. When I am absolutely in the mood to be gripped and entertained, I usually can rely on a mystery by Ruth Rendell or her pseudonym Barbara Vine to do the job.
Dark and exquisite, Anita's character is as mysterious as her disappearance. It is also by no means as exclusively feminine as her earlier books. So I was disappointed by this novel in the Inspector Wexford series. So I was disappointed by this novel in the Inspector Wexford series. E63 Preceded by Followed by Wolf to the Slaughter is a novel by British crime-writer , first published in 1967. Wolf is police procedural focusing on a suspected murder, but with no body, Wexford and Burden are forced to start with no hard evidence, relying on their intuitions.
Much zigging and zagging finally leads to a truly surprising ending. It's a stylistic thing, perhaps, and yet being an American reader of mostly American-written books, it tends to flummox me a bit. Plenty of twists and turns in the plot with a surprise ending. According to headquarters, it wasn't to be considered a murder enquiry at all. With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. I really wanted to like this book, which is the 2nd in a series of Wexford mysteries.
It would be an understatement to say I was astonished. Rendell wanted to give the investigating team some personality by adding weird personal ambitions, arrogance and romantic lust. He will talk; she will talk; it goes back and forth rather nicely, then. According to headquarters, it wasn't to be considered a murder enquiry at all. The focus in this particular book is more on the police procedural elements. She left under mysterious circumstances and the police receive a note saying someone killed her.