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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A housewife is reported missing to Inspector Burden by her husband who comes home from work and she is not there. I got into the habit of binge reading or re-reading classic mystery authors during the pandemic and I now find it to be a continuing habit. What makes me sad is that Terrence Hardiman, who did such an amazing job narrating this, did not record the later stories when they were turned into audiobooks as I had loved his voicing of Wexford and Rendell’s prose. Rendell says she modeled Wexford after her father and I realized that maybe that is why this series appeals to me so much.

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. Inspector Wexford, the formidable chief of police, feels baffled -- until he discovers Margaret's dark secret: a trove of rare books, each volume breathlessly inscribed by a passionate lover identified only as Doon. Wexford doesn't really make a strong impression as a leading character (in fact quite a good amount of the investigating falls to his partner, the aptly named Inspector Burden), but he shows much potential, intellectual and emotional astuteness and solid detecting skills. 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. Indeed, From Doon With Death, the first Wexford novel, focuses on the mystery of the death of a somewhat rather dowdy housewife who goes missing and then turns up dead.This was written in 1964 and my dad would have been 43 and Wexford was 52 so they were close in age.

The Wexford soundtrack was composed, performed, arranged and produced by Brian Bennett at Honeyhill Studios in Hertfordshire. Ruth Rendell introduces here Chief Inspector Wexford, who, along with Inspector Burden, will have to solve the murder of a housewife named Margaret Parsons in the quiet English town of Kingsmarkham.Several copies were sent to libraries, making copies like this, unmarred by library labels or stamps, uncommon. 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. First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, and the first of the Inspector Wexford thrillers. One of my strongest memories growing up was my mother’s stack of Ruth Rendell and Colin Dexter novels, one of which always seemed to be on hand for those sorts of occasions in which you were stuck in a waiting room. I must confess that as I reached the 40% marker or so, I was worried that this might get a bit dull and disuade me from the series.



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