No Man's Nightingale

No Man's Nightingale

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INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL'S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERS

From "one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation" ( People ) a "refined, probing, and intelligent" ( USA TODAY ) mystery in the masterful Inspector Wexford series...more enthralling than ever after fifty years.

A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. A single mother to a teenage girl, Hussein was working in a male-dominated profession. Moreover, she was of mixed race and wanted to modernize the church. Could racism or sexism have played a factor in her murder?

Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who discovered the body, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. Wexford is intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, and when he is invited by his old deputy to tag along with the investigators, he leaps at the chance.

As Wexford searches the Vicar's house, he 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 in removing a piece of valuable evidence from the scene without telling anybody. Yet what he finds inside begins to illuminate the murky past of Sarah Hussein. Is there more to her than meets the eye?

No Man's Nightingale is Ruth Rendell's masterful twenty-fourth installment in one of the great crime series of all time, an "absorbing and rewarding" ( Seattle Times ) mystery that explores issues of sexism, class, and racism. As Stephen King said: "No one surpasses Ruth Rendell."
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476747132
147674713X
9781476744483
1476744483
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 24 cm

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readerpat
Jul 01, 2014

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

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123Shannon
Jan 26, 2014

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.

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ndexter
Jan 20, 2014

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.

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secretarybird
Jan 15, 2014

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

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gloryb
Dec 25, 2013

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.

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nwesterman
Nov 23, 2013

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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