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Summary

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. Or at least no one saw her get on the bus when it came. According to her parents, Melanie was happy at home. She had recently broken up with her boyfriend but, until now, there had been no cause to worry about her. And no one liked to voice the suspicion that something might have happened, that Melanie might be dead...

©1995 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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 in a provincial town in the 90s are skilfully interwoven with the process of detection. A must for Wexford fans.

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Christopher Ravenscroft superb!

Others are very good but he is the best Inspector Wexford reader. He makes Wexford sound like George Baker.

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A gripping but sad story

I enjoyed this book more than some of the earlier Wexford novels. Ruth Rendell seems to have decided to address the issue of race and modern slavery, perhaps addressing her earlier sometimes unfavourable descriptions of ethic minorities in her stories.
I find there are often too many characters in the Wexford novels which makes it more difficult to grasp who’s who when listening to an audio book, but the narrator made a good attempt at all the different characters and accents.

Listening to the story now is fascinating, as Ruth Rendell describes the changing face of the UK through the eyes of a small town in Sussex.

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Wonderful Wexford Story

The storyline is wonderful but the narration of Wexford’s voice was a fly in the ointment
Well worth a listen.

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More than a detective story.

Ruth Rendell has shown through her writings that she is quite prepared to show her readers that in her efforts to tell a dark good story that without preaching she can introduce thought provoking issues that some are ignorant of. Another splendid tale of the gruff Wexford

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good story but dated

usual good story but is dated. not as riveting as other Wexfords. nevertheless worth a read for a Rendell fan.

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a clumsy attempt to discuss racism in the UK. Don't want to say anymore but the review has a minimum word count

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Good but not the best.

As usual, a good tale, but not quite as engaging as others in the series. It was sometimes hard to keep up with the plot, which had so many twists and turns, could be a little confusing and seemed to wrap up in a hurry at the end.

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Excellent story perfectly read

I loved this. it was VERY well read, and the thinking of DCI Wexford was perfectly explored

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fantastic

absolutely great book hate the African accent and don't much like Wexford's accent but don't let the put you off listening to it

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Very listenable

Good plot development - interesting characters - well written descriptions. Only criticism I have is that the narrator's voice for the main character is rather changeable. I think he is trying to copy Michael Caine's accent but it often doesn't work.