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

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

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

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Overall I felt that this was a solid if unremarkable start to the Wexford line of novels but it is one that gives me hope for when the time comes to read some of the later installments. A good read that is written in an old fashioned style that introduces the main characters and sets up the series. Since this was the initial novel featuring Inspector Wexford, I suspect that as her series expanded, her detective grew more interesting to readers. I presumed Rendell wrote in the vein of the classic/ golden age mystery novel, but ‘No Man’s Nightingale’ didn’t seem to fit into this vein. From Doon with Death, now in a striking new paperback edition, is her classic debut novel -- and the book that introduced one of the most popular sleuths of the twentieth century.

But good awkward because the book is a snapshot of its time and it’s nice to see how society has changed. And yet, it is fairly easy to guess who the murderer is (although, it probably wasn't the case when it was first published). Which brings us back to Margaret, our apparently boring, somewhat religious, utterly unremarkable victim.

It seemed grimmer and more adult than the Christies and Chestertons I was used to, and the twist surprised me.

Murder Being Once Done Wexford is drawn to the case of a young woman found murdered in a London cemetery vault. Rendell's England is less than quaint (despite the amounts of tea put away), her world is distinctly darker and its denizens are distinctly more immoral. It's been almost twenty years since I read it, and there has always been a niggling in the back of my mind to get back to her eventually. That is an unnecessarily complicated way of saying that I'll try a couple more books by Rendell to see if they become "must reads.The husband describes their banal marriage and life, full of routine and absent of extravagances, as proof that her being missing is a big concern.

The novel is somewhat outdated, dating back to 1964, but it’s a compelling story that retains all the charm of a well-written thriller.Wexford brings a somewhat cold, calm, matter-of-factness to the investigation and that prohibited me from bonding with his character in any way. Review of the Arrow Books 50th Anniversary Kindle* eBook edition (2014), with a Foreword by Ian Rankin and an Afterword by Ruth Rendell, of the original John Long Ltd.



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