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Summary

Elizabeth Nightingale found peace and tranquility on her nightly walks through the rich, dense forests surrounding Myfleet Manor. But the peace she treasured was shattered one night when she found death waiting in the woods.

Chief Inspector Wexford and his colleague, Inspector Burden, find a most unsavory case on their hands - and must use all their wit and wisdom to solve it.

©1987 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent Ruth Rendell

I love Ruth Rendell’s writing and it’s very sad that we won’t be getting any more novels from her. This is a classic Wexford, beautifully narrated by Christopher Ravenscroft. It sounded dated and makes me feel incredibly old! But that all adds to the entertainment and the lovely cosyness of a classic English detective story.

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Terrible narration.

I've really enjoyed the Rendell Inspector Wexford novels included with my membership, but I hadn't realized that Christopher Ravenscroft was reading this book and not the faultless Nigel Anthony, whose Wexford is so like the wonderful, late George Baker, that I was transported to the television dramas and could vividly imagine the charismatic Baker/Wexford, Burden et al in my mind"s eye, which although not essential to my enjoyment of these novels, certainly enriched my listening experience. Plus Anthony's voice is beautiful,; it's timbre, it's inflection- all marvellous.
However, Ravenscroft is an admirable Mike Burden but oh goodness, his Wexford was cringe-worthy as was any character with a rural dialect all of whom he made sound as though they were slow witted. And please, narrators everywhere, if you have no idea how to sound like a young Dutch woman (Irish, Russian, Scottish- whatever) do not feel obliged to offer the listener a grating attempt at it.
As for the story, this felt terribly dated and I kept hoping it would engage my interest but it failed to do so. I have just admitted defeat and begun The Vault and I am already being drawn into the story.

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Great plot

The characters are developing nicely and the reflective narrative is typical of Ruth Rendell. So glad this series is free to listen for members.

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stunning

just finished it and will now listen again as it is so very interesting!! brilliant

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Easy listening interesting surprising end ..

Narration good, somewhat plodding Plot in parts but as the end is indeed a surprise worth listening too.

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very well read ..

A good story, well read by Christopher Ravenscoft. Almost sounded like George Baker! I'll listen to more.

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Fantastic, that's all I need to say.

Probably my favourite Inspector Wexford so far, I am listening in order so there's many more to go.

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Awful narration

I hadn't realised that Wexford was a retarded pirate. Please don't insult the author's memory by using this narrator again.

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Flat, uninspiring and unspirited

The narrator did what he could with the dialogues and characters as well as with the bland writing.
The story leads nowhere until right at the end when the perpetuator is revealed not though detective work though.
The inspector doesn't seem to have a steady approach and the case feels disjointed.
Too much dialogue, often too long, which gave a theatre feel to the overall story.

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Surprisingly enjoyable

Had me guessing til end though did not detect truth. Details of story not convincing but entertaining enough.