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No Man's Nightingale

Rendell, Ruth (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"A female Vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham Vicarage. The gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, Maxine, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When detective inspector Mike Burden calls him, Wexford, intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators. A single-mother to a teenage girl, Hussein was a woman working in a male-dominated profession. Moreover, she was of mixed race and working to modernize the church. Could racism or sexism played a factor in her murder? As he searches the Vicar's house with Buren, Wexford sees a book on her bedside table. Inside the book is a letter serving as a bookmark. Without thinking much, Wexford puts it into his pocket, Wexford soon realizes he has made a grave error - the former policeman has taken away a piece of valuable evidence without telling anybody. What he finds inside begins to illuminate the murky past of Hussein. Is there more to her than meets the eye? No Man's Nightingale is the captivating twenty-fourth installment in Rendell's masterful Wexford series, which has been delighting readers for almost half a century"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Rendell, Ruth, 1930-
Title: No man's nightingale
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "A female Vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham Vicarage. The gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, Maxine, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When detective inspector Mike Burden calls him, Wexford, intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators. A single-mother to a teenage girl, Hussein was a woman working in a male-dominated profession. Moreover, she was of mixed race and working to modernize the church. Could racism or sexism played a factor in her murder? As he searches the Vicar's house with Buren, Wexford sees a book on her bedside table. Inside the book is a letter serving as a bookmark. Without thinking much, Wexford puts it into his pocket, Wexford soon realizes he has made a grave error - the former policeman has taken away a piece of valuable evidence without telling anybody. What he finds inside begins to illuminate the murky past of Hussein. Is there more to her than meets the eye? No Man's Nightingale is the captivating twenty-fourth installment in Rendell's masterful Wexford series, which has been delighting readers for almost half a century"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9781476744483
1476744483
9781476747132
147674713X
Statement of Responsibility: Ruth Rendell
Subject Headings: Wexford, Inspector (Fictitious character) Fiction Police England Sussex Fiction Sussex (England) Fiction FICTION / General. bisacsh FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General. bisacsh FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional British. bisacsh
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Wexford, Inspector (Fictitious character)
Police
FICTION General
FICTION Mystery & Detective General
FICTION Mystery & Detective Traditional British
LCCN: 2013020075
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Jul 01, 2014
  • readerpat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Ruth Rendell.

Disappointing. Wexford seems much older than retirement age if we can judge by his comments. Rather old fashioned. I hear an undertone of complaint about modern society (through the guise of observing societal change) . Several characters seem to make similar observations. Is this the author's voice cutting through?
Very aware of social stereotypes, class dialects portrayed in a negative way in this book. Nowhere near her usual high standards.
But with such a perfect record of amazing works, we have to expect some down-time!

Enjoyed this book. Read it from cover to cover. Ruth Rendell is one of my favorite authors and she never disappoints. Look forward to her next book.

Jan 20, 2014
  • ndexter rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

On a backdrop of; location, events, women in the ministry, racism, and character diversity, Inspector Wexford, resolves the crime. However, there is the appearance of being; weak, apologetic, and repetitous referral of his status of being a former policemen, his office and rosewood desk.

Jan 15, 2014
  • secretarybird rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Started out well but failed to come up with a believable ending.

Dec 25, 2013
  • gloryb rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Wexford is retired but still gets involved with solving murders that happen in his neighborhood. I just got tired of reading about his "senior moments" and how difficult it was to change with the times, especially those changes dealing with technology or, for that matter, religious practices, racial and social issues. Not a riveting read.

Ruth Rendell is without question a master of the genre. even so, I had the sense that this novel was a bit of a walk-through in the series. She's got the formula Wexford down, and has follwed it throughout. Which doesn't mean that it's not worth reading: even an average Wexford novel is more compelling and well written than most mysteries on the market, but I couldn't help feeling that this one was a bit of a contract fulfillment piece, rather than built around the kernal of a great story demanding to be told.

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