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Summary

A young girl is murdered in a cemetery. And Wexford's doctor has prescribed no alcohol, no rich food and, above all, no police work. When a young girl's body is found in a London cemetery and the local police, under the command of Wexford's nephew, are baffled, Wexford decides to brave his doctor's wrath and the condescension of the London police by doing a little investigating of his own.

A compelling story of mysterious identity and untimely death, Murder Being Once Done is Rendell at her most sublime.

©1999 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world." ( The Boston Globe)

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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, got it wrong, guessed again - darn got it wrong again! Only half right at the end!

Do read and I hope you enjoy as much as I did

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BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN AND NARRATED

As always, a brilliant Ruth Rendell mystery; superbly narrated by Robin Bailey. A thoroughly recommended book.

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Maybe a great story but mumbling narrator

I love Ruth Rendell and her books but listen to this mumbling narrator.. Just awefull.. Started all over again and gave up.. Deleted it even though I would love hearing the story

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A good one!

For some strange reason I find detective stories very relaxing, and I've been listening my way through the Inspector Wexford mysteries from the beginning. So far, this is the one I've enjoyed most.
I'm a child of the early 60s and am fully aware of the attitudes of the day, even so they can be jarring, especially from the pen of a woman. However there wasn't much of that in this story, the plot was interesting and it was hard to guess at the ending - which is how it should be.
The narrator has been the same for many of the stories and he's fine, but perhaps a little deadpan? I must read of one of the books for myself, so I can see how the voices sound in my own head!

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A change is as good as a rest

I really enjoyed this unfolding mystery. Inspector Wrexford is such a believable character. He's is full of human frailties, he suffers setbacks and self doubt. Finding himself on an enforced rest in Chelsea he eventually gets drawn into solving a murder. His nephew, a chief superintendent who Wrexford is staying with, allows his uncle the indulgence of assisting in a difficult case. He teases out the truth by talking to many of the colourful locals and eventually the truth comes out. Wrexford's health improves during the course of his holiday, not due to the rest his doctor had prescribed but due to the process of solving the case.

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Nicely engrossing

Excellent narration. Lots of twists and turns. My only reservation is the comments on women's appearances. Rather chauvinistic. Which is odd.

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Excellent book.

As ever Ruth Rendell writes beautifully, her characters well rounded and nearly always flawed to some degree.Excellent narration as usual and wholly satisfying. I have heard all of the Wexford books countless times and never tire of them.

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Good novel

I throughly enjoyed the book but found at first the narrator difficult to listen to.

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Beautifully read

Perhaps a little dated but we'll written. The quality of the reading makes up for that

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Good old Wexford!

Another excellent novel from the pen of Ruth Rendell. kept me guessing until the end!