Inspector Wexford

24 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,402 ratings

From Doon with Death Summary

The first case for DCI Reg Wexford.

When Margaret Parsons disappears, it's assumed that she's run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found and a startling discovery is made when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home....

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  • Book 1

    • From Doon with Death

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1  (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 195
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 162

    The first case for DCI Reg Wexford. When Margaret Parsons disappears, it's assumed that she's run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found and a startling discovery is made when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Rendell

    • By Kirstine on 30-06-10

    Regular price: £13.49

  • Book 2

    • A New Lease of Death

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unmistakable Ruth Rendell

    • By Susan on 24-08-09

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  • Book 3

    • Wolf to the Slaughter

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Anita Margolis had vanished. There was no body, no crime, nothing more concrete than an anonymous letter and a name. A pattern soon emerged to the investigation. Not only had Anita been wealthy and flighty, she had been thoroughly immortal, too.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narration put me off

    • By David Ranger on 12-04-18

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  • Book 4

    • The Best Man to Die

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent story superbly reas

    • By john harris on 13-09-16

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  • Book 5

    • A Guilty Thing Surprised

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ravenscroft
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    The Nightingales were always a very happy couple. So why did someone batter Elizabeth Nightingale to death in the woods that dark September night? Can DCI Wexford discover a motive?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent.

    • By Mystery Lass on 23-07-18

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  • Book 6

    • No More Dying Then

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    An Inspector Wexford mystery. On a stormy February afternoon, little Stella Rivers disappears and is never seen again. Then, on a warm October day, five-year-old John Lawrence fails to come home, and evil, mad, taunting letters begin, which make the worst, unspoken imaginings a brutal reality.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Story marred by unconvincing romance

    • By Kirstine on 02-05-10

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  • Book 7

    • Murder Being Once Done

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    The death of an unknown girl in a London cemetery shouldn't have been a case for Wexford, but it proved to be one of the most macabre of his career.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Greatly enjoyed

    • By JillyB on 28-06-15

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  • Book 8

    • Some Lie and Some Die

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    For a while the music Festival in Kingsmarkham was going well. The sun shone, the groups played and everyone - except a few angry neighbours - seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed, and a young couple made a gruesome discovery.In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, that is, until a hideously disfigured body is discovered in the nearby quarry.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Reading again (or should I say listening)

    • By Mystery Lass on 20-08-18

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 9

    • Shake Hands For Ever

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Reader was very clear, and the story interesting.

    • By F Watling on 19-01-18

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  • Book 10

    • A Sleeping Life

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 10
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. With nothing more to go on than what appeared to be a sardonic gleam in the wide and staring eyes of the victim, It’s time for Wexford and his team to get pro-active. From a seemingly unremarkable death comes an intricate web of lies and deception.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dated, but still enjoyable

    • By Flint on 16-09-17

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  • Book 11

    • Put on by Cunning

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Charles Kay
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Implausible!

    • By CJ on 29-09-18

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  • Book 12

    • The Speaker of Mandarin

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 12 (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Michael Bryant
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    There were some things about Chief Inspector Wexford's trip to China that he could never have dreamt of: That an old woman would haunt him from one city to the next. That a man would be tragically drowned. Or that, back in England, he would be investigating the murder of one of his fellow tourists.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Clever plot, though stretching it a bit!

    • By William Thomson on 03-08-18

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  • Book 13

    • An Unkindness of Ravens

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Michael Bryant
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford - a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex.

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  • Book 14

    • The Veiled One

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 14
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Concealed by a shroud of dirty brown velvet was what looked like a heap of rags. In a desolate subterranean car park of a Shopping Centre, Dorothy Sanders pulled back the velvet curtain revealing the grim discovery of a woman’s body. Inspector Michael Burden, for a while conducting the investigation without the help of Wexford’s intuitive genius, blunders down a number of blind alleys before uncovering the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Complex psychological detective story

    • By Kirstine on 09-08-09

    Regular price: £18.49

  • Book 15

    • Kissing the Gunner's Daughter

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 15 (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    The massacre at Tancred House seems at first to be the work of a burglar, panicked into killing. But Chief Inspector Wexford believes there are links with the murder of a Kingsmarkham detective some ten months earlier.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Tried and tried but couldn’t focus in

    • By Jasemin on 14-03-19

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  • Book 16

    • Simisola

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 16
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ravenscroft
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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. No one liked to voice the suspicion that something might have happened, that Melanie might be dead...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Complex but Intriguing.....

    • By SEA, Charente on 14-01-15

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  • Book 17

    • Road Rage

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 17
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    A bypass is planned in Kingsmarkham, but before the protestors make their presence felt, the badly decomposed body of a young woman is discovered. Burden thinks he knows the identity of the murderer, but Wexford is not convinced.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Tale of Greed & Fanaticism

    • By SEA, Charente on 13-02-15
    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 17
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 04-05-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 37 ratings

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  • Book 18

    • Harm Done

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 18  (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Two young girls disappear then return home unharmed some days later. Chief Inspector Wexford is concerned about a pedophile who has been recently released back into the community but cannot foresee a series of serious crimes waiting to happen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not her best...

    • By Suzie on 08-11-14
    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 18  (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 04-05-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 55 ratings

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 19

    • The Babes in the Wood

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nigel Nails Another

    • By E. Simpson on 10-09-18

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  • Book 20

    • End in Tears

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 20
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge kills the wrong person. The young woman in the car behind is spared. But only for a while... A few weeks later, George Marshalson lives every father's worst nightmare: he discovers the murdered body of his eighteen-year-old daughter on the side of the road. Wexford steps into the case but soon a second teenage girl is murdered - a victim unquestionably linked to the first - and another family is shattered...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • too many characters and too many stories

    • By Mrs Kim Hutchings on 26-01-16

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