No Man's Nightingale: (A Wexford Case) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013
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No Man's Nightingale: the eagerly anticipated twenty-fourth title in Ruth Rendell's bestselling Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series. Sarah Hussain was not popular with many people in the community of Kingsmarkham. She was born of mixed parentage - a white Irishwoman and an immigrant Indian Hindu. She was also the Reverend of St Peter's Church. But it comes as a profound shock to everyone when she is found strangled in the Vicarage. A garrulous cleaner, Maxine, also shared by the Wexfords, discovers the body. In his comparatively recent retirement, the former Detective Chief Inspector is devoting much time to reading, and is deep into Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He has little patience with Maxine's prattle. But when his old friend Mike Burden asks if he might like to assist on this case as Crime Solutions Adviser (unpaid), Wexford is obliged to pay more precise attention to all available information. The old instincts have not been blunted by a life where he and Dora divide their time between London and Kingsmarkham. Wexford retains a relish for solving puzzles and a curiosity about people which is invaluable in detective work.For all his experience and sophistication, Burden tends to jump to conclusions. But he is wise enough to listen to the man whose office he inherited, and whose experience makes him a most formidable ally.
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27 July 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
No surprises here but nicely written and I enjoyed reading it. The characters were well formed and the way the, now retired, Wexford's inner thoughts and views are articulated add to the interest. I thought I detected a slip in the fictional name of the supermarket to Tesco (which is similar to the actual name in the book).
20 August 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This was ordered for my wife, who says it is an excellent book. Shame it will be the last of the Wexfords!
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My first Wexford book, having retired would he really become so involved? As an afterthought, did Ruth Rendell regret putting him out to grass?Read more
I love a good Ruth Rendell and this was no exception. Pacy, gripping, with the right amount of Wexford humour. I struggled to put this book down.
Wexford retired (sort of) but the story is top notch as one has come to expect from this great author
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