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From Doon With Death: A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition (Wexford, 1)

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He is not flashy and has no particular character tics, at least in this novel, that would distinguish him from detectives in scores of other procedurals yet I appreciated his matter of fact attitude toward the case.

Margaret Parsons is the flip side of extraordinary; no enemies, lives in somewhat of a rut, and has no sordid qualities about her whatsoever. I was about 2/3 through, thinking it was well written, interesting, but not yet sensing it was truly special. The way the book is structured, it will all build to a moment in which that identity is revealed and if the reader feels surprised it will likely result in a rush of excitement and general good feeling. The novel is somewhat outdated, dating back to 1964, but it’s a compelling story that retains all the charm of a well-written thriller.The home life is completely absent and the character is not given to quoting Shakespeare or other classics. Parsons led an extremely uneventful life, being a lay preacher, but Inspector Wexford is intrigued when he is looking through her belongings and fine a number of expensive antique books all inscribed 'From. I know nothing much about Inspector Wexford or Mike Burden (who actually does decent work and doesn't go around contradicting or second-guessing his boss), just that they are the law. While I did get into Morse in my late teens, I actually never got around to trying Rendell either in print or in the televised adaptations. Overall, I'm feeling three stars for this and am looking forward to reading the next one and hopefully many more after that.

I surmise Ruth intentionally conveyed a depressed husband and household but that persisted too long, before the appearance of a clue brought any action at all. I thought that there was a fair number of clues for the reader which allowed you to make the leap to the solution somewhat ahead of Wexford and Burden. When someone frames it as being of wider sociological interest to do the exact thing I already love, you know I cannot resist.And you know the author who did it when it was Shocking was a product of her time, and common wisdom was different then, but still you just feel awkward for her. I am a fan of classis murder mysteries yet was not familiar with Ruth Rendell's writing (nor have I seen Inspector Wexford on television).

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