Murder Being Once Done: (A Wexford Case) Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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"One of the best novelists writing today" (P.D. James)
"The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time" (Patricia Cornwell)
"Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world" (Ian Rankin)
"[Wexford] has become an old friend who gets better with age" (Herald)
"Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear" (Sunday Times)
'One of the best novelists writing today.' (P.D. James)
'The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time.' (Patricia Cornwell)
'Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world.' (Ian Rankin)
'[Wexford] has become an old friend who gets better with age.' (The Herald)
'Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear.' (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
the most recent one I've read. Other than short stories, I think I own all of Ruth Rendell's books! Obviously can't get enough!
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!