10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Slow start but quickly steps up the pace,
By A Customer
This review is from: Murder Being Once Done (Wexford) (Paperback)
Set away from the familiar surroundings of Kingsmarkham, this is a Wexford novel with a difference. While convalescing from illness at his nephew's home in London, Wexford develops an interest in the murder case his Detective Superintendent nephew is leading.
The story itself has a slow, drawn out start. There are paragraphs of long descriptive prose with Ms. Rendell using ten words when one will do. At times I will admit, it was only the fact that this is a fairly short novel that kept me going, if it was much longer I would have been tempted to call it a day. After a couple of chapters, once Wexford finds himself involved with the case, the plot shifts up a gear. As this novel is set away from Wexford's home patch, we become aquainted with Wexford's temporary partners, there is no Burden or Croxley here.
The plot itself has plenty to twists and turns. The reader, and Wexford himself, is lead down a blind path on a couple of occasions. As usual with Rendell mysteries, you have to remember all the bit part players you come across along the tale, otherwise you would find yourself backtracking to remember where you had seen that character before.
In my opinion, this is an average Rendell book. Not her worse but certainly not her best. It does make a welcome change to take a familiar character and place him in unfamiliar surroundings. I did however enjoy this book but wished it wasn't so headache inducing for this first thirty pages or so.