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Summary

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?
©1975 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent

One of her best. The plot was not particularly complex but drew me in - and as usual the psychological insight was brilliant.

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Cozy English crime.

I loved this book, it’s got a quaint English charm about it. English crime novels have a certain coziness about them. It isn’t the most action packed, nail biting edge of the seat story you’ll ever read, in fact there’s very little in the way of that. But that’s it’s charm, the Englishness. At the beginning of the book when the body is discovered by the mother of the victims husband, she tells him ‘There’s been an accident. You better go up and see for yourself. It’s - it’s too late to do anything. Try to take it like a man.’ I love that, ‘try to take it like a man’. It’s very Agatha Christie. And like Christie’s books Shake Hands Forever is deduction based, lots of clues mixed with red herrings galore. The characters are very stereotypical but in this setting that works. Readers of this type of crime novel will be used to all this, it’s what makes them so much fun. It also has a rather nice twist at the end which the less experienced crime readers might not foresee. (Although I must admit, I’d worked it out)

The narration is also excellent, Nigel Anthony’s reading reminded me very much of George Baker’s portrayal of Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries TV series.

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Satisfying 6hr listen

Nigel Anthony performs this relatively simple Wexford really well.

The how-dunnit is frustrating and engaging. The Rendell quirky characters that she creates so brilliantly are interesting and you will wish for many to meet their downfall. Nice twist at the end.

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Reader was very clear, and the story interesting.

Would you listen to Shake Hands For Ever again? Why?

Yes. The reader was very clear, which is important as my hearing is impaired, and I also found the story interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

A good mystery.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

No, I have no additional comments.

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Quite the best Wexford

A really absorbing story which leaves one listening to the last word as the denouement will surprise!

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Great story

Well read as with the rest of the series. Excellent twist at the end. Well worth a listen.

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The one that nearly got away.

I like Wexfords grumpy character and the fact the suspence is kept a right up the to the end.

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Wexford at his best

Having read the later Wexford books, I have been working my way through the whole series and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s the only one where I didn’t work out who the murderer was.

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gripping

a well thought out plot with plenty of colourful characters and a nice twist at the end

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Twists and turns

Absolutely loved this book. This book keeps you wanting to read more and more with some unexpected twists.

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  • Electic Chef
  • 09-07-12

Ruth Rendell Does Not Fail You For A Good Read

What made the experience of listening to Shake Hands For Ever the most enjoyable?

I inherently love the Wexford character and Ms Rendell's ability to understand human behaviour. The performance was very good. I read in about every instance available so I appreciate the ability to "read" while I am working or driving. Never been disappointed by Ruth Rendell.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Inspector Wexford and Mrs.Wexford. She knows him and how much room he needs to work and be a feal person.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the guilty party was finally trapped. Very satisfying that hard work and belief in yourself pays off.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That is not an option for me. These books allow me to "read" while doing other things.

Any additional comments?

If you love good characters and great writing, Ruth is there always.m

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  • missy50s
  • 11-04-21

Not Rendell’s Best

I found that I did not like Wexford in this book. He comes across as obsessive and weak with regard to women. Also, he makes up his mind as to the guilty party immediately rather than steadfastly following the evidence. I found this book difficult to finish. This is not one of Rendell’s best efforts.