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The Vault: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 23 (Unabridged) | [Ruth Rendell]

The Vault: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 23 (Unabridged)

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Alan Nottingham, United Kingdom 15/09/2011
    Alan Nottingham, United Kingdom 15/09/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Wexford should enjoy his retirement"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Bath, United Kingdom 05/10/2011
    Michelle Bath, United Kingdom 05/10/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointed Again"

    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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JPR Beader 09/09/2014
    JPR Beader 09/09/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Ruth Rendell's Wexford"
    What did you like most about The Vault?

    The unravelling of the mystery interwoven with Wexford's private life. Listen to A Sight for Sore Eyes, either before or after.


    What other book might you compare The Vault to, and why?

    Any of the Wexford mysteries, all well told, main characters who you feel you know personally.


    What about Nigel Anthony’s performance did you like?

    His ability to change accent, to give the voices of both the male and female characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Love all my Wexford audio books, trying to collect them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Pretoria, South Africa 22/09/2011
    Andre Pretoria, South Africa 22/09/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Not up to it"

    Was waiting for some action.Never happened! Really borring book. I would not recommend it.
    Just listened to carte Blance before this one

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • ACT1
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    16/01/12
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    "Really enjoyed this"

    The Wexford novels are usually very good and this was no exception. Nicely read, it kept my attention going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Airdrie, AB, Canada
    02/01/12
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    "A little choppy but I will always love Wexford!"
    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Nigel Anthony?

    Yes, I will always follow Wexfords adventures!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ruth Rendell? Why or why not?

    Yes I am a Wexford fan. I read Wexford to relax with an old friend. I trust Wexford!


    What three words best describe Nigel Anthony’s voice?

    An old friend


    Do you think The Vault needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great series and feels like you know the family! Both on the job and when he is retired!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BookLady
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    27/10/11
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    "Loved it!"

    '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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