No Man's Nightingale

No Man's Nightingale

Book - 2013
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The eagerly anticipated latest installment 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'sThe 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.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780385681728
Branch Call Number: FIC Rende
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 01, 2014

I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Ruth Rendell.

Jan 26, 2014

Enjoyed this book. Read it from cover to cover. Ruth Rendell is one of my favorite authors and she never disappoints. Look forward to her next book.

Jan 20, 2014

On a backdrop of; location, events, women in the ministry, racism, and character diversity, Inspector Wexford, resolves the crime. However, there is the appearance of being; weak, apologetic, and repetitous referral of his status of being a former policemen, his office and rosewood desk.

Jan 15, 2014

Started out well but failed to come up with a believable ending.

Dec 25, 2013

Wexford is retired but still gets involved with solving murders that happen in his neighborhood. I just got tired of reading about his "senior moments" and how difficult it was to change with the times, especially those changes dealing with technology or, for that matter, religious practices, racial and social issues. Not a riveting read.

Nov 23, 2013

Ruth Rendell is without question a master of the genre. even so, I had the sense that this novel was a bit of a walk-through in the series. She's got the formula Wexford down, and has follwed it throughout. Which doesn't mean that it's not worth reading: even an average Wexford novel is more compelling and well written than most mysteries on the market, but I couldn't help feeling that this one was a bit of a contract fulfillment piece, rather than built around the kernal of a great story demanding to be told.

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