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From Doon with Death
From Doon with Death: The First Inspector Wexford Mystery | Ruth Rendell
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When Margaret Parsons disappears, Inspector Burden tries to reassure her frantic husband that she will be back by morning. Privately, though, he is certain Margaret has run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found, strangled and abandoned in a nearby wood. And when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home, a startling discovery leads everyone to question just who Margaret Parsons really was . . .
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karmenseeta
Pickpick

Very partial to Ruth Rendell's writing- love her style & stories, this one is no different. Though some parts of the plot are predictable, I enjoyed reading this book. it's a nicely written dark story with a few twists & interesting, flawed characters with many secrets.

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led567
Panpan

Listened to the audiobook while walking and working. I hated it! I suppose it hasn‘t dated well. The atmosphere was a bit like a miserable kitchen sink drama but with hysterical overwrought women carrying on like they were on the set of Dynasty. The ending‘s passé but that‘s its age. Also could really have done without Wexford saying “it makes me want to puke,” yuck.

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Tex2Flo
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
1. Trim the hibiscus in the backyard
2. Pack for a trip to Wisconsin Sunday
3. Mexican wedding ring cookies
4. From Doon to Death by Ruth Randell
5. @Samplergal

Samplergal Thanks for the tag, but once is enough! 😂😂😂 12mo
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Minervasbutler
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Pickpick

Going back to the early work of an admired author is a bit like being a Beatles fan raised on the White Album hearing Love Me Do for the first time. Kinda charming but little hint of the splendours to come. Wexford is little more than a generic "good cop" and the twist, doubtless shocking in 1964, is easy for a contemporary reader to see coming. But hey, we all have to start somewhere.

AmyG I just LOVE Ruth Rendell. I remember reading A Dark-Adapted Eye and saying to myself...who is this amazing writer? I spent the summer reading every book of hers that I could get my hands on. (edited) 12mo
Minervasbutler @AmyG I think A Dark-Adapted Eye was my introduction to her too. Wonderful book. 12mo
Sweettartlaura Oh my gosh, @AmyG & @Minervasbutler - that was my first Ruth Rendell too 🥰 12mo
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TheEldritchProfessor
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Pickpick

Well-paced and beautifully written. Rendell “hated” (her word) Agatha Christie, because Christie‘s characters are ordinary but turn suddenly turn violent. Rendell‘s own characters act in keeping with what would, in time, become established neuroses and behavior patterns. But this book is unquestionably dated. Modern readers will see the end of this coming far in advance; our ideas of “neurosis” have changed since 1964. Still highly enjoyable!

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TheEldritchProfessor
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Here‘s my next to-read. I love a good mystery in the summer, and I‘ve never read Ruth Rendell. Excited! It‘s about 100 thousand degrees today, so I‘m happy to stay in the air conditioning with my dog and read. What are your plans today?

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mllemay
Pickpick

I wasn't in the mood for a mystery but my download for this one only had two days left. I ended up really enjoying it. It's a very quick read. The writing is nice and the atmosphere reminded me of a more modern Agatha Christie novel mixed with Louise Penny. It definitely isn't an edge-of-your-seat thriller type of book, which I was actually happy about. Just a solid mystery with interesting characters. Will definitely check out the next book.

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Sweettartlaura
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#FunFridayPhoto #favoritemystery

24 Det. Wexford novels
28 stand-alones
14 novels as Barbara Vine
3 novellas
7 short story collections
3 lifetime achievement awards
Over a dozen other awards & honors
& the CBE

If you haven't read Ruth Rendell, you ARE missing out.
Get her bibliography - start with From Doon With Death - and clear the rest of your decks, because you're gonna be busy for a while 📚📚📚

@Liberty

LeahBergen ❤️❤️ Her Barbara Vines are my favourite. 3y
Sweettartlaura @LeahBergen That's how I discovered her: watching the BBC version of A Dark-Adapted Eye with Helena Bonham Carter 😍. I did.not.move for 3 hours. Next day, I went to the library and grabbed all that I could find. And I've been hooked ever since ❤️ 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 We did a Rendell/Vine month in our mystery group earlier this year. It was fun! I reread Asta's Book. So good!! 3y
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AmyG I did this one summer. I read A Dark-Adapted Eye and was hooked. I went to libraries all around me to read every book I could find. She is the BEST. I need to find that BBC version of this book. I didn't even know it existed. 3y
Sweettartlaura @kaysreadinglife It just dawned on me: I never suggest Rendell books for my book club picks - how silly! I'm going to do that on Monday. Thanks! 3y
Sweettartlaura @AmyG If you still have a VCR you can buy a VHS version of it on Amazon ... 3y
AmyG I found it online...saved the link. If that doesn't work..thank you. I DO have a vcr because...you never know. 3y
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Kluckleesie
Pickpick

I just finished this book, and I have to admit that I enjoyed it to the end. It wasn't one of the quickest paced or in a flashy setting, but the characters are interesting and I can't wait to see how Inspector Wexler develops as we go along. My only criticism is they don't seem fleshed out yet.

Kluckleesie I did really enjoy the risks Rendell took with her characters and their quirks, especially for the time in which she was writing. Very risqué then, probably not as much now. 3y
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