Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife, Dora, now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and their daughter, Sheila's, coach house in Hampstead. Wexford takes great pleasure in his books, but, for all the benefits of a more relaxed lifestyle, he misses being the law. But a chance meeting with an old acquaintance in a London street changes everything. Tom Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case. The bodies of two women and a man have been discovered in the old coal hole of an attractive house in St John's Wood. None carries identification. But the man's pockets contain expensive jewelry. To Wexford, this is definitely a case worth coming out of retirement for. He is intrigued and excited by the challenge, but unaware that this new investigative role will bring him into extreme physical danger.
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After enjoying Wexford for so long I fear he has become tired as a character. This felt like a novel written because it was asked for and as such lacked passion. However it was beautifully read and it filled a boring bank holiday car journey quite acceptably.
I wait eagerly every year for the new Ruth Rendell as her earlier novels remain in my opinion some of the best crime ever. However since Wexford retired things have gone downhill. Wexford is being used as a Met advisor and this really does not work. It starts off promisingly, however,by half way through I was feeling pretty bored and just wanted to get through it. I have given this 3 stars for old times sake but I'm willing Ruth Rendell to return to form. Maybe she should start a new series?
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
I had just listened to this novel's prequel 'A Sight For Sore Eyes' and thought that I'd purchase this to complete the story. I'd previously listened to this book via a clunky old eight CD Audiobook, which I was sent a review copy of. Oh, thank goodness for Audible's ease of use!
Although I am more of a fan of Rendell's non-Wexford tales, this was a great entry point to the series. Reg Wexford, now retired and living with his wife Dora in his actor daughter's Hampstead coach house, becomes involved with the case of four bodies being unearthed in nearby St John's Wood when the current owner of the charming period property, Orcadia Cottage, decides to commission a basement extension. Wexford is taken on by the Met's Chief Superintendent Tom Eade as his 'unpaid advisor' and together they work together to crack the case.
It's really enjoyable and made me want to purchase all of the author's Wexford books. Oh Audible, I'm becoming poor because of you!
The narrator, Nigel Anthony, was excellent and managed to convey a convincing array of diverse accents.
Was waiting for some action.Never happened! Really borring book. I would not recommend it.
Just listened to carte Blance before this one
"Really enjoyed this"
The Wexford novels are usually very good and this was no exception. Nicely read, it kept my attention going.
"A little choppy but I will always love Wexford!"
Yes, I will always follow Wexfords adventures!
Yes I am a Wexford fan. I read Wexford to relax with an old friend. I trust Wexford!
An old friend
We need more of Wexford in his retirement role. He will make a great consultant or the head of some new department with other retired inspectors.
It is a great series and feels like you know the family! Both on the job and when he is retired!
'The Vault' follows on from 'A sight for Sore Eyes' thus adding a great deal of depth to this book. While it does stand alone it would be a shame not to listen to 'A sight for Sore Eyes' first.
Ruth Rendell is a truly gifted story teller. Unlike so many authors today she is able to draw the reader/listener into a web of intrigue without feeling the need to be blasphemous or to use extensive profanities - a great listen!
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