Inspector Wexford
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  • 1
    From Doon with Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1  (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

    From Doon with Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1  (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
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    The first case for DCI Reg Wexford. When Margaret Parsons disappears, it's assumed that she's run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found and a startling discovery is made when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home....

    Vintage Rendell

    It was interesting to listen to this book as I've seen the TV version a couple of times, but I'd forgotten the ending and so could enjoy the gradual d..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 June 2010 by Kirstine (Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    A New Lease of Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2 | Ruth Rendell

    A New Lease of Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.

    Unmistakable Ruth Rendell

    One of her best - the caracters are beautifully drawn and as the story unfolds it continually holds surprises and twists due to human nature - I thoro..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 August 2009 by Susan (MilanoItaly)
  • 3
    Wolf to the Slaughter: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 3 | Ruth Rendell

    Wolf to the Slaughter: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
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    Anita Margolis had vanished. There was no body, no crime, nothing more concrete than an anonymous letter and a name. A pattern soon emerged to the investigation. Not only had Anita been wealthy and flighty, she had been thoroughly immortal, too.

    Good story, irritating narrator
    Reviewed on 02 December 2015 by melissa ()
  • 4
    The Best Man to Die: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 4 | Ruth Rendell

    The Best Man to Die: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
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    Who could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be the prelude to the murder of his close friend Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's death was only the first in a string of puzzling murders involving small-time gangsters, cheating husbands, and loose women. Now Chief Inspector Wexford and his assistant join forces with the groom to track down a killer.

    excellent story superbly reas

    loved every minute of it. very atmosphosheric.it gripping from start to finish and superbly read
    can't wait to listen next from this superb author

    Reviewed on 13 September 2016 by john harris ()
  • 5
    A Guilty Thing Surprised: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 5 | Ruth Rendell

    A Guilty Thing Surprised: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Christopher Ravenscroft
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    The Nightingales were always a very happy couple. So why did someone batter Elizabeth Nightingale to death in the woods that dark September night? Can DCI Wexford discover a motive?

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  • 6
    No More Dying Then: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 6 | Ruth Rendell

    No More Dying Then: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
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    An Inspector Wexford mystery. On a stormy February afternoon, little Stella Rivers disappears and is never seen again. Then, on a warm October day, five-year-old John Lawrence fails to come home, and evil, mad, taunting letters begin, which make the worst, unspoken imaginings a brutal reality.

    Story marred by unconvincing romance

    I usually enjoy Ruth Rendell's books, including her Wexford series. However, this is one of the weaker books, in my opinion. I now recall seeing a T..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 May 2010 by Kirstine (Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom)
  • 7
    Murder Being Once Done: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 7 | Ruth Rendell

    Murder Being Once Done: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
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    The death of an unknown girl in a London cemetery shouldn't have been a case for Wexford, but it proved to be one of the most macabre of his career.

    Greatly enjoyed

    Really enjoyed this - also liked Robin Bailey's reading - haven't liked all those he has read in the series previously.

    Guessed the outcome, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 June 2015 by JillyB (uk)
  • 8
    Some Lie and Some Die: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 8 | Ruth Rendell

    Some Lie and Some Die: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    For a while the music Festival in Kingsmarkham was going well. The sun shone, the groups played and everyone - except a few angry neighbours - seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed, and a young couple made a gruesome discovery.In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, that is, until a hideously disfigured body is discovered in the nearby quarry.

    Faithful rendering of a Rendell classic

    Perfectly narrated, this Inspector Wexford mystery baffles to the end.
    A tangle of infatuation and disillusionment leads to a tragedy which justi..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 August 2016 by SEA, Charente ()
  • 9
    Shake Hands For Ever: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 9 | Ruth Rendell

    Shake Hands For Ever: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    This case is proving a difficult one for Chief Inspector Wexford. All he has to go on is his own intuitive suspicions. Was he becoming cynical and untrusting or was this one of the most ingenious crimes he had ever tackled?

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  • 10
    A Sleeping Life: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 10 | Ruth Rendell

    A Sleeping Life: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. With nothing more to go on than what appeared to be a sardonic gleam in the wide and staring eyes of the victim, It's time for Wexford and his team to get pro-active. From a seemingly unremarkable death comes an intricate web of lies and deception.

    Excellent plot.

    Not yet but may in the future. It' s a good Rendell as is usual.

    Reviewed on 10 March 2016 by Maryb ()
  • 11
    Put on by Cunning: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11 | Ruth Rendell

    Put on by Cunning: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Charles Kay
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    Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.

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  • 12
    The Speaker of Mandarin: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 12 (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

    The Speaker of Mandarin: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 12 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Michael Bryant
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    There were some things about Chief Inspector Wexford's trip to China that he could never have dreamt of: That an old woman would haunt him from one city to the next. That a man would be tragically drowned. Or that, back in England, he would be investigating the murder of one of his fellow tourists.

    Enjoyed

    I enjoyed this book although old I still enjoyed it the narrator is ok but good value for the cost

    Reviewed on 10 April 2015 by pea ()
  • 13
    An Unkindness of Ravens: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13 | Ruth Rendell

    An Unkindness of Ravens: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Michael Bryant
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    Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford - a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex.

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  • 14
    The Veiled One: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 14 | Ruth Rendell

    The Veiled One: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
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    Concealed by a shroud of dirty brown velvet was what looked like a heap of rags. In a desolate subterranean car park of a Shopping Centre, Dorothy Sanders pulled back the velvet curtain revealing the grim discovery of a woman's body. Inspector Michael Burden, for a while conducting the investigation without the help of Wexford's intuitive genius, blunders down a number of blind alleys before uncovering the truth.

    Complex psychological detective story

    This is vintage Ruth Rendell in that the story pivots around a psychologically damaged young man and his very peculiar controlling mother: a style of ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 August 2009 by Kirstine (Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom)
  • 15
    Kissing the Gunner's Daughter: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 15 (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

    Kissing the Gunner's Daughter: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 15 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
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    The massacre at Tancred House seems at first to be the work of a burglar, panicked into killing. But Chief Inspector Wexford believes there are links with the murder of a Kingsmarkham detective some ten months earlier.

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  • 16
    Simisola: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 16 | Ruth Rendell

    Simisola: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Christopher Ravenscroft
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    Only eighteen black people live in Kingsmarkham. One of them is Wexford's new Doctor, Raymond Akande. When the doctor's daughter, Melanie, goes missing, the Chief Inspector takes more than just a professional interest in the case. Melanie, just down from university but unable to find a job, disappeared somewhere between the Benefit Office and the bus stop. No one liked to voice the suspicion that something might have happened, that Melanie might be dead...

    Complex but Intriguing.....

    Another first-rate crime mystery from Ruth Rendell, beautifully read by Christopher Ravenscroft. Twin themes of modern-day slavery and race-relations ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 January 2015 by SEA, Charente ()
  • 17
    Road Rage: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 17 | Ruth Rendell

    Road Rage: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    A bypass is planned in Kingsmarkham, but before the protestors make their presence felt, the badly decomposed body of a young woman is discovered. Burden thinks he knows the identity of the murderer, but Wexford is not convinced.

    A Tale of Greed & Fanaticism

    As always, Rendell draws a series of apparently unconnected characters together in a mystery both sinister and compelling. An unexpected death throws ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 February 2015 by SEA, Charente ()
  • 18
    Harm Done: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 18  (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

    Harm Done: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 18  (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    Two young girls disappear then return home unharmed some days later. Chief Inspector Wexford is concerned about a pedophile who has been recently released back into the community but cannot foresee a series of serious crimes waiting to happen.

    Addictive

    The plots draws you in, Wexford at his best good old fashioned police work with the right results

    Reviewed on 28 July 2016 by Stuart Bailey (UK)
  • 19
    The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19 | Ruth Rendell

    The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy.

    Great narrator

    Got to love a bit of Inspector Wexford. Really engaging mystery and beautifully read. Old school crime.

    Reviewed on 08 December 2016 by Terminal Clearly ()
  • 20
    End in Tears: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 20 | Ruth Rendell

    End in Tears: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge kills the wrong person. The young woman in the car behind is spared. But only for a while... A few weeks later, George Marshalson lives every father's worst nightmare: he discovers the murdered body of his eighteen-year-old daughter on the side of the road. Wexford steps into the case but soon a second teenage girl is murdered - a victim unquestionably linked to the first - and another family is shattered...

    too many characters and too many stories

    The many stories within this book were like a collection of short stories. The stories were full of interesting characters and scenes well described s..Show More »

    Reviewed on 26 January 2016 by Mrs Kim Hutchings ()
  • 21
    Not in the Flesh: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 21 (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

    Not in the Flesh: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 21 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury: a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for 10 years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton sheet. The post mortem cannot reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man's ribs. The police computer stores a long list of missing persons: something like 500 people every day disappear nationwide.

    Ruth Rendell at her best

    First I must say that Nigel Andrews does a splendid narration of the book. He manages to conjure up such a wide range of voices that I felt I was lis..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 August 2010 by Kirstine (Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom)
  • 22
    The Monster in the Box: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 22 | Ruth Rendell

    The Monster in the Box: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    Wexford had almost made up his mind that he would never again set eyes on Eric Targo. And yet there he was, back in Kingsmarkham, still with that cocky, strutting walk. Years earlier, when Wexford was a young police officer, a woman called Elsie Carroll had been found strangled in her bedroom. Although many still had their suspicions that her husband was guilty, no one was convicted.

    Provides background to Wexford's earlier career

    I enjoyed this well-constructed story with several strands that come together by the end. The book has a more unusual format than some others by Ruth..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 May 2010 by Kirstine (Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom)
  • 23
    The Vault: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 23 (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    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.

    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 lack..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 September 2011 by Alan (Nottingham, United Kingdom)
  • 24
    No Man's Nightingale: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 24 (Unabridged) | Ruth Rendell

    No Man's Nightingale: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 24 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    Sarah Hussain was not popular in the community of Kingsmarkham. She was born of mixed parents - a white Irishwoman and an immigrant Indian Hindu. She was also the Reverend of St Peter's church. But it came as a profound shock to everyone when she was found strangled in the vicarage. A garrulous cleaner, Maxine, also shared by the Wexfords, discovers the body. In his retirement, the former Detective Chief Inspector is devoting much time to reading, and has little patience with Maxine's prattle.

    Back on form!

    I nearly didn't buy this book, as the previous three have been very disappointing. But this is Ruth Rendell back on form with Wexford and Burden in t..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 August 2013 by barjil (BEMBRIDGE, United Kingdom)