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Summary

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

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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

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Brilliant Narration

The characters come to life. The convoluted plot comes to a surprising conclusion, how did Ruth Rendell think them up!

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Time sensitive

This is a really good plot, but there are just one too many moments that make you wince due to the misogynistic and classist attitudes that were common at the time the novel was written. If you can sweep that to one side Rendell is simply a great storyteller.

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Not the best but entertaining

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I didnt like this narrator when he read a previous book as I found his voice rasping but this one was better. Not the best Rendell but I still enjoyed it.

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Wow! Thank goodness we’ve moved on.

If you can get over the classism, sexism and able bodiedism then you are left with an interesting story. That’s quite e few hills to get over though.
You might say it’s a book of it’s time but then you have to forget those authors who were writing at the same time and yet avoided these isms.
On the positive side no racism……oh hang on no black or Asian characters.

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Highly recommended

Wexford is back in time form in this, after descending rather into grimmer, darker waters in the previous book. I especially loved the Acrylic Wooflehound and I can't help wishing that the Wexfords had kept her! A great story, and Ruth Rendell's customary mix of excellent supporting characters, each of varying degrees of dislike-ableness... Fantastic. Can't wait for the next chapter, thank you Audible, for making this whole series available as part of membership. I might never have been able to read them all otherwise.

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Pleasant couple of hours

Typical Jack Wexford. Soft and plodding. You know what you will get.
For fans of Wexford's style will enjoy this book.

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enjoyable story

a good story line with a neat twist at the end. would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a murder mystery.

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A good story that was spoilt by the narrator who read as if very bored

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Never thought I’d give up on an audiobook

I’m a fan of Ruth Randell and inspector Wexford. And the story seemed ok. But the narrator is a pain I cannot get over. The accent is bad enough but I’m not sure why is he introducing his own rhythm how to intonate and put emphasis on certain parts of the text but completely unconnected what the content, context or meaning is. Cannot even understand what he is saying cause I’m so irritated. Maybe it’s just me as he has a nice voice if he just used it to an advantage to enhance the text. Maybe some day I’ll try it again as I’m still curious but what a pity. Teaches me to sample it first though.