I feel I really must come to the defence of Ruth Rendells latest Wexford book by some reviewers. I was glad to see him back on the bookstore shelves. The read is NOT boring or tedious in any way in fact I found the book came swiftly to the end and it left me hoping that there would be more Wexford novels to follow with the Kingsmarkham sleuth and his trusty colleague Burden a worthy foil that Rendell uses in bringing contemporary issues into these novels through there dialogue with each other. In this novel we have Wexford looking at the way in which British society has changed in a generation of how things were and even how everyday expressions have evolved. The Ageing process....Wexford's diet and his reluctant concerns to keep healthy are a familiar inner battle many of us undergo from day to day in sacrificing the food and drink we used to like to stay fit and healthy! How people he has known have changed therby he too must have as well. The issue of Islam in British society and the attitiudes the indigenous population have towards their Muslim neighbours who are no longer exotic creatures but citizens going about their everyday lives and the pre-concieved views we unthinkingly take towards them. All these issue are woven into the fabric of the novel so that it stimulates the mind as a whodunnit with extras.The story is well written and once again Wexford is reliable and consistant. Long may Ruth Rendell reign, I loved the book and recommend it .
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