Unkindness of Ravens Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1993
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"A brilliant reshuffling of a pack of clues . . . Rendell at her richest" (Sunday Times)
"Well-plotted . . . baffling . . . Still the tops" (Sunday Telegraph)
"A climax as chilling and unexpected as any she's perpetrated before" (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The thirteenth book in the bestselling Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series, from the author of classic detective fiction and gripping psychological thrillers including End in Tears and Thirteen Steps Down.
Love your neighbour as yourself... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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When Chief Inspector Wexford was asked to investigate the disappearance of his neighbour Rodney Williams he was certain it was just a case of another middle-aged man having run-off with a young woman. All the signs pointed that way. A waste of time to concern yourself with, his thoughts tell him. However, he would be shocked to his core when, weeks later, Rodney’s disappearance turns out to be the centre of a violent and bizarre murder.
As reliable as ever, this is Rendell – and Wexford – once again on fine form. If you want an entertaining, intelligent and realistic with piercing insights into society, Ruth Rendell is the author to whom you should turn. The Wexford series remains the best example of the English detective story currently being produced. It stands out not just for its layered intelligence, but its unflinching social observancy, its piercing insight into human nature, and its warm (sometimes!) and nostalgic centre in the form of Reg Wexford.
This novel is a very strong addition to the series. Rendell’s mystery is intricate and dramatic and original and very intriguing, with a plausible solution that will shock if not surprise. An Unkindness of Ravens is an excellent book of detection as well as being a vehicle for Rendell’s unerring observational insight into society and its constant shifts and changes. It is well worth anyone’s time.
Its a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. Given the serious subjects dealt with, there's a surprising amount of humour, especially when Joy and Wendy are brought together. The characterization is pretty good, as always, although one teenage girl does tend to pretty well blend into another but perhaps that's deliberate. I'm not sure that the second murder is really needed or especially well handed. Rendell is also prone to drag out Wexford's explanation of 'how he guessed whodunnit' to the point where an astute reader will get there long before he does! I could have also done without the Jenny Burden depression subplot. All in all, it feels a bit overlong which is interesting because it is the first of the 'longer' Wexford novels. Its good - just not one of her best.
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Another Wexford book. Well written and interesting to the last few pagesPublished 6 months ago by Hans
I love the Wexford but think that the last novels are not as interesting as the previous ones.Published 21 months ago by tosca
Really good story line, kept us absorbed for hours. Its over 8 hours long so great for a long distance drive.Published on 6 July 2013 by any mouse
I am into reading Ruth Rendell crime books at the moment and love the Wexford books!!
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