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The Monster in the Box: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 22 Audio Download – Unabridged
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However, I'm delighted to say that The Monster in the Box is a return to form. To be more correct, it's a return to form in some respects, something quite new in others. In what ways is it new? For a start, we go back in time to the days of Wexford's early career and the early stages of his relationship with Dora. These sections of the book are by no means boring filler: there's a particularly shocking scene in a Cornish cottage, for instance (and check out how Rendell plays with the reader's expectations with that one!). This story deals, too, with obsession, putting me in mind of some of the "straight" Rendell novels. It's also a particularly creepy book: the subject of Wexford's obsession, the monster he's trying to keep in the box, is particularly unnerving, almost a supernatural - or at least animalistic - figure.
The story is short, fast-paced, gripping, and in some ways bizarre (I enjoyed the runaway lion).
I think Rendell is better in this one on the race issues, though she's always sailed dangerously close to a condescending wind (so many of her asian characters have "noble" or "elegant" manners or profiles.)
One more point to note, and this is very strange. The novel seems to be set in the late 1990s. Can anyone explain why? I'm scratching my head about this one.
Advice for anyone disappointed by Wexford/Rendell's performance recently: give the pair another shot. This one's a really great performance.
The plot if you could call it that was non existent and absolute rubbish.It had such potential when we were taken back to Wexfords past but to base an accusation of murder on how someone looked at you is ludicrous.There were silly sub plots about a possible abduction for an arranged marriage which was again based on nothing more than a hunch as if police had time to chase around following information so fragile.
Ruth Rendell should be ashamed a lazy novel with none of the excitement which we know she can produce.
Dont buy this book you can have my copy for free!!!
This is a deary story, the only bit of light was the lion.
My main problem here was the main plot, which I found a bit ridiculous. It makes little real sense, is not remotely plausible (when you consider back to the golden days of Wexford novels like Wolf to the Slaughter), and the lack of any real motive is explained away very conveniently. Like the other reviewer, I also found it quite jarring that the book is set in the early ninties, where people still smoke in pubs and floppy disks aren't a distant memory. I'm sure that any devotees of Wexford able to overlook the fact that he's been in his fifties since the 60s , would be able to overlook that whether the book was set now or ten years ago.
I enjoyed it, because I always enjoy Rendell and her writing and her way of describing characters, but I wouldn't really recommend it as a crime novel or as a puzzle. One for the fans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All Ruth Rendell Wexford books are brilliant and this is no exception.Published 4 days ago by Thomas Turnbull
I LIKE RUTH RENDELL VERY MUCH AS A RULE BUT THIS WAS NOT ONE OF HER BEST.ONE TO GIVE A MISS.Published 1 month ago by JOYCE CALLCOTT
I much enjoyed this book which fits in well with the Wexford series of booksPublished 6 months ago by Hans
i have read this book beforer and wanted another as the one i lent out did not cme backPublished 7 months ago by the book worm
I am a Ruth Rendall fan but I was not impressed by this. The writing did not seem like her usual style.Published 11 months ago by rita naylor