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Better than I remembered...,
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This review is from: Murder Being Once Done: (A Wexford Case) (Inspector Wexford series Book 7) (Kindle Edition)
I think I appreciated this one more on a re-read because it came directly after 'No More Dying Then'. Although I liked 'Dying' too, the focus of that book is Mike Burden. He is entirely absent in this one and the focus is fully on Reg Wexford and we learn much more about our principal detective than in any of the other books so far. In my opinion, this is the book where Wexford himself really starts to come to life and be a real person. Its also in this book that Mrs Wexford (who will become increasingly important in later novels) gets a Christian name...Dora!
Its true that Rendell revels in descriptive prose in this book but the writing is good and she's certainly much less verbose than her contemporary PD James! The story itself is pretty good although I'm not sure that many readers would guess the final solution before Wexford presents it to us. Rendell is pretty mean with the clues in this one and this book is another example of her favoured method of practically 'hiding the murderer' from us.Both Reg and the reader travel many primrose paths before the correct one is revealed. In that respect, the ultimate denouement is actually the most disappointing thing about the story.
Overall, I liked 'Once Done' a good deal more than I thought I would and its good to get to know Reg Wexford a little better!