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Topic: I'm reading all the Inspector Wexford books

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Subject: I'm reading all the Inspector Wexford books
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:13 PM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2007
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I've always loved Ruth Rendell and I know that she is approaching an age when she might not be writing anymore :( so I've decided to go back and read (and reread) her Wexford series, in order. I finished "From Droon with Death" last week and I picked up "A Wolf to the Slaughter" just yesterday. I was expecting to find these books a bit dated but, really, they aren't. Rendell is a true master. If you've not read her stuff, you owe it to yourselves to do it. :)
Date Posted: 8/4/2008 7:36 AM ET
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What are these like? Who is Inspector Wexford?

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 9:13 AM ET
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Leslie, these are classic British "procedural" mysteries. Chief Inspector Wexford is the main "sleuth" who figures out whodunnit. Wexford is large, very smart, and thoughtful though a bit caustic at times. Part of the thing that makes Rendell so exquisite is the fact that all of her characters are so fully developed and she really presents good psychological insight. These are very British but NOT very cozy. You should give them a try! Or, check out her "stand alone" mysteries which are excellent. Her books written under the name Barbara Vine are psychological thrillers and some of them are very, very dark indeed. EXCELLENT writing, as always.