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From Doon With Death: A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition (Wexford, 1)

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Add him to my list of preferred readers, pleasantly British, expressive, with good variation between different characters. Rendell's England is less than quaint (despite the amounts of tea put away), her world is distinctly darker and its denizens are distinctly more immoral.

I thought that there was a fair number of clues for the reader which allowed you to make the leap to the solution somewhat ahead of Wexford and Burden. Registered office: WSM Services Limited, Connect House, 133-137 Alexandra Road, Wimbledon, LONDON SW19 7JY. The story is decent as mentioned, it definitely has some intriguing moments, but overall it's a little bit flat and dull.From Doon with Death was Ruth Rendell’s debut novel and concerns the disappearance of a fairly modest, conservative housewife and the subsequent discovery of her body in a wood, strangled to death.

From Doon with Death (the origin of the 'Doon' nickname is never explained in the book as far as I noticed) was quite a clever mystery with a radical (for its time) twist in its reveal ending. Which brings us back to Margaret, our apparently boring, somewhat religious, utterly unremarkable victim. From Doon With Death" is the 1st novel in a series featuring Chief Inspector Wexford and Detective Inspector Mike Burden in the imaginary market town of Kingsmarkham in the district of Sussex (UK). Overall I felt that this was a solid if unremarkable start to the Wexford line of novels but it is one that gives me hope for when the time comes to read some of the later installments.If you’re worried about spoilers, just stop reading this review now and give it a few months before you decide to read the first of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford mysteries. The ending was good but all the events leading to it never reached a level of suspense where it was hard to put down. 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.

Rendell says she modeled Wexford after her father and I realized that maybe that is why this series appeals to me so much. 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. Parsons led an extremely uneventful life, being a lay preacher, but Inspector Wexford is intrigued when he is looki. When Rendell is on her game, she is one of the best, so I'm glad to have this series on my to-read list. Since this was the initial novel featuring Inspector Wexford, I suspect that as her series expanded, her detective grew more interesting to readers.

Why in the world would any one go to the bother of killing and dumping a boring, plain woman like Margaret (Godfrey) Parsons?

There is very little for Wexford to go on but for a discarded match and an inscription on some of Margaret's books signed 'Doon'. As Rendell explains in her Afterword, From Doon with Death was originally written as a one-off standalone. Parsons led an extremely uneventful life, being a lay preacher, but Inspector Wexford is intrigued when he is looking through her belongings and fine a number of expensive antique books all inscribed 'From. BUT, what was interesting, was the psychology of Rendells' characters; it sets the book apart from just being a routine who dun it.Unfortunately I think that this reveal does not really hold up, as it heavily reflects the novel’s age and aspects of the time in which it was written. How is it possible that a woman who had led such a quiet, respectable, unspectacular life could have met such a death of passion and violence? Rendell hangs a lot of the narrative on the question of Doon’s identity, revealing something of that person’s personality to the reader in the form of short excerpts from letters that they had written to Minna as caps to the chapters.

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