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Harm Done by Ruth Rendell

‘Harm Done’ is the 18th Ruth Rendell novel featuring Detective Reg Wexford and his companion Mike Burden and set in the fictional country village of Kingsmarkham. On two successive Saturday nights, a young woman is abducted only to be returned … Continue reading

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Road Rage by Ruth Rendell

‘Road Rage’ is the 17th novel in the Inspector Wexford series by Ruth Rendell. A new bypass is planned around Kingsmarkham. It will destroy some of the woods which Reg Wexford and others love to walk in and destroy the … Continue reading

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Simisola by Ruth Rendell

‘Simisola’ is the 16th Inspector Wexford novel by Ruth Rendell and one of the main focuses of this novel is prejudice. Wexford’s doctor Raymond Arkande approaches Wexford because his 22 year old daughter Melanie has gone missing. The Arkandes are … Continue reading

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Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter by Ruth Rendell

‘Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter’ is Ruth Rendell’s 15th book featuring Inspector Wexford and set in and around the fictional town of Kingsmarkham. Tancred House is a mansion set in a large wooded estate. It is currently owned by the famous … Continue reading

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The Veiled One by Ruth Rendell

‘The Veiled One’ is the 14th Inspector Wexford novel and probably the first time in the series that we have moved beyond old-fashioned stereotypes. This story is an excellent psychological thriller and kept the suspense going till the last page. … Continue reading

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An Unkindness of Ravens by Ruth Rendell

‘An Unkindness of Ravens’ is Ruth Rendell’s 13th Inspector Wexford mystery and while I greatly preferred it to the previous book in the series – ‘The Speaker of Mandarin’, I still found it very dated and some of the social … Continue reading

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Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell

‘Dark Corners is the very last novel by Ruth Rendell published after her death earlier this year. Her brilliance as a writer will be sadly missed as once again in this novel she has taken some fairly ordinary people and … Continue reading

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Ruth Rendell RIP

I am devastated by the tragic news that Ruth Rendell has died four months suffering a major stroke. She was 85 years old and still writing her deliciously clever crime novels until her stroke last January. I am among the … Continue reading

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The Speaker of Mandarin by Ruth Rendell

‘The Speaker of Mandarin’ is Ruth Rendell’s 12th Wexford novel and one that unfortunately feels quite dated. Much of the story is set in China and the way that the Chinese people are portrayed as well as the attitude of … Continue reading

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Put on by Cunning/ Death Notes by Ruth Rendell

‘Put on by Cunning/ Death Notes’ is Ruth Rendell’s 11th Inspector Wexford mystery and in this story Wexford gets a bit too clever for his own good. Sir Manuel Camargue was a world renowned flautist (flutist) until arthritis finally ended … Continue reading

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