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Books and profile for Ruth Rendell

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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A Sleeping Life by Ruth Rendell

‘A Sleeping Life’ is the 10th book in Ruth Rendell’s Wexford series, and once again the underlying theme in the book is women’s role in society (just starting to become a contentious issue in the late 1970s). Rhoda Comfrey’s body … Continue reading

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The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell

During the war (WWII), a group of children played together in the London suburb of Loughton. They had discovered some tunnels and used these as their own secret place. The father of one of the children found his wife with … Continue reading

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Shake Hands Forever by Ruth Rendell

‘Shake Hands Forever’ is Ruth Rendell’s 9th Inspector Wexford novel and is worth reading just for the clever twist in the last chapter of the book. Mrs Hathall is a nasty bad tempered lady. She enjoys people doing the wrong … Continue reading

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Some Lie and Some Die by Ruth Rendell

‘Some Lie and Some Die’ is the 8th novel in Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series. The book was published in 1973 and unfortunately it’s focus on an open air rock concert and the fashions of the day date the book … Continue reading

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Murder Being Once Done/ Murder Being Done Once by Ruth Rendell

‘Murder Being Once Done (USA- Murder Being Done Once)’ is Ruth Rendell’s 7th Inspector Wexford novel and this book sees Wexford in London rather than his usual home of Kingsmarkham. Reg and Dora Wexford are staying with their nephew Howard … Continue reading

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No More Dying Then by Ruth Rendell

‘No More Dying Then’ is the 6th Inspector Wexford book by Ruth Rendell. And for me, this book took the series forward a long way – rounding out the character of Mike Burden who until this book has had much … Continue reading

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A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell

‘A Guilty Thing Surprised’ is the 5th Novel in Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series. It was first published in 1970, so as with many of the other early Ruth Rendell novels it has a certain old-world charm. Quentin and Elizabeth … Continue reading

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