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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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. The psychological profile of the various characters emerges through the interviews and descriptions of present and past facts, but without anyone standing out above the others, at least until the last chapters, where the truth is revealed with a final twist. From Doon with Death was Ruth Rendell’s debut novel and concerns the disappearance of a fairly modest, conservative housewife and the subsequent discovery of her body in a wood, strangled to death. He does a great job here voicing the different characters distinctly and he is easy to follow so I would certainly recommend that recording if audiobooks are your bag.

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. First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, and the first of the Inspector Wexford thrillers. 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 Doon to Minna'. However, I am very pleased to say that at the 50% mark this changed and I became nicely engaged in the story. 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.

Unlike other novels, the story is not burdened by the personal stories of the detectives, focusing on the crime and the investigation. In this opening mystery Inspector Wexford investigates the disappearance of Margaret Parsons, a housewife who goes missing and is later found dead in the nearby woods. 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. I've just reread this novel again after six years, and while I wouldn't change my rating, I will say that it was definitely a pleasure to have taken it up again.

When Rendell is on her game, she is one of the best, so I'm glad to have this series on my to-read list. And so, for a non quaint, psychological mystery that relies on neither sex nor violence, this is a very good read.My own thought is that while Wexford receives helpful information that we don’t have, the reader ought to be able to get ahead of him by at least thinking to ask a question.

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