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An Unkindness Of Ravens: (Inspector Wexford #13)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,665 ratings  ·  92 reviews
The thirteenth book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.

The raven: not a particularly predatory bird, but far from soft and submissive, adopted as the symbol of a militant feminist group...

Detective Chief Inspector Wexford thought he was merely doing a neighbourly good deed when he agreed to talk to Joy Williams about her missing husband
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 7th 1994 by Arrow (first published 1985)
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Deborah Gray
Ruth can be guaranteed to write a well-crafted story, an easy read. I enjoy Inspector Wexford and his dogged pursuit of the truth, a man with his own brand of intuition who would rather follow up leads himself than send a subordinate. In this case, there were sufficient plot twists to hold interest, although I did start to guess the murderer about 2/3 of the way in. And it kept me entertained on recent long walks as I listened to the book on an MP3.

However, this story particular choice of subje
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in March 2001.

When a neighbour's husband goes missing, Rendell's detective Wexford is reluctant to investigate. But what seems initially likely to be a case of a man going off with another woman turns out to be more complex, as he is revealed to have been a bigamist and as it becomes clear that no member of either family actually liked him very much.

As a murder mystery, An Unkindness of Ravens is neither particularly memorable nor difficult to solve (though i
Ruth Rendell é, na minha opinião, um ícone literário no policial tal como Agatha Christie. Adoro as duas, e os seus livros são devorados por mim numa questão de meras horas. Este só se tratou de uma excepção por causa da letra minúscula e do amarelo torrado das páginas. Mas devo dizer que este exemplar de Maio de 1986 mostrou-se um valente e amigável companheiro em viagens e esperas. Só foi pena que a desastrada (diga-se eu mesma) tenha descolado a capa ao andar com ele dentro das carteiras.


Okay, at first I didn't really get this book, but after the investigation plot kicked in, it grew a lot on me. The investigation plot was really well-structured, interesting, smart... basically what a detective novel should be like. Dropping clues here and there, making us readers do guessing games, with an ending which was not blindingly obvious from the start yet makes sense. I also liked the psychological aspects, the reactions of the characters were most of the times really starkingly aut
2,5 stars
Este livro foi uma chatice. Ainda bem que o livro é pequenino, porque não sei se aguentava muito mais do que 200 páginas disto. É um enredo moderadamente engraçado, misterioso, mas a história simplesmente não foi cativante o suficiente para me entusiasmar. Confesso que quando cheguei a meio, já pensava que nunca mais ia chegar ao fim. A minha personagem favorita foi o Wexford e talvez também o Burden, agora que penso nisso.
O final apanhou-me mais ou menos de surpresa. Consegui adivin
I think this is one of Rendell's most interesting books with regard to images of women, assumptions about feminine character, and feminism. She keeps setting up and knocking down feminine stereotypes, playing with our assumptions about the nature of women -- ugly/pretty, old/young, sophisticated/naive, strong/weak. Characters and readers are duped/led astray by the strong emotions produced by the very idea of abusive/exploitative men and vulnerable girls.
I enjoy the rather comic depiction of th
In case you missed it, Rush Limbaugh called a woman a slut simply because she had a different prespective on an issue. Of course to Limbaugh, the term feminist is a nasty word. I feel like I should send him a "Happy Women's History Month" card or something.

There is an actual point to my rambling here. Rendell's book deals with the question of what is feminism or to be more precise, can things go too far. At least in part. How she deals with it is rather interestingly and enjoyable. Nice to find
This is the 13th Inspector Wexford adventure, who with his side-kick Inspector Mike Burden, solve crimes - usually murders - and keep the citizenry of Sussex, England safe. Although these books are murder mysteries at their core, the author excels - and where she differentiates herself from the "pack" - in painting psychological dramas. The term thriller is a bit overblown, as Rendell's tales proceed much too slowly for that label. (Not a knock just a description, and enjoyment of this series wi ...more
Nicole Landry
Another great book! I think what I like about Rendell's mystery/crime fiction compared to other authors is that she always includes so many twists and turns, murders, accidents etc and her books never follow the same pattern like Carolyn Hart & Anne Perry for ex. With their books, you always know exactly how the book is going to be laid out, what comes next and there is only one or two murders and thats it. Rendell does a great job in the Wexford series of keeping you interested, the action ...more
The absurd, insulting ending to this book completely mitigates the decent novel that came before. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
The essence of mystery, crime and drama is in subtlety and yet a riveting story line.Too many characters with too many threads and perspectives take those aspects away. Which is what I thought of this book. A melange of flavors which did not quite blend in together.
Be it the complexities in the personal lives of characters to the development of the case events, the investigation and eventual closure , appeared like everything that could possibly be, came in and happened and gave a disjointed sen
Syd Perry
This was a patron inspired read. She told me that Ruth Rendell is one of her favorite authors and can write a mystery like no one else. Then from the back of the CD box "The Boston Globe hails Ruth Rendell as "the best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world." This suspenseful yarn..."puts most of its like to shame" according to the New Yorker.

So I listened. It reminds me of Agatha Christie mysteries. I ate those up in high school. Now I'm a thrill seeker, suspense junkie and this
Interesting social commentary of a sort, tossed in with the mystery.
I read this within a year or two of its 1985 publication, I think, and I'm surprised on this reread to find it's become something of a period piece. It may have been the last procedural in which forensic evidence turned on matching a writing sample to a typewriter, and was late enough to note that golfball/daisywheel type stocks for electric office machines were easily disposable and even a few primitive computers of the Apple I/Commodore generation were not completely out of reach of the typist ...more
Rendell (and PD James) have shifted the detective genre from "whydunit" to "howdunit," and this book encapsulates that. Wexler's investigation dredges up myriad fascinating characters, all with a potential motive for killing the pedophile bigamist Williams. The ARIA raven society of young feminists may or may not have inspired the crime--we are left guessing right up to th end. The entire scope of womanhood is presented here; Rendell asks if murder a valid response to male oppression of us? Rend ...more
It's an easy read and I spent a few pleasant evenings reading it but there was nothing that really made it stand out as particularly ground-breaking or memorable. This may not have been the case back in the eighties though so I'd be interested to read some more of her more recent work to see if it packs more of a punch.

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There seemed to run a disapproval of the feminist ideology in the book. I noticed it in a couple of earlier books also but it was more open in this. It sort of put me off, even though it is a supposed to be a mystery story and it is a decent one at that. But if the author can serve her own agenda, so can the reader.
Barış Erdem
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Je ne m'en souviens plus (j'avais oublié d'écrire mon commentaire à l'époque!). Mais en principe, j'aime beaucoup cet auteur, d'autant que Charlotte m'en a donné plusieurs, en anglais.
First time reading a Wexford mystery. Have to say, the character, and book as a whole did not do a lot for me. Wexford just seemed the a be a very dry (and not especially bright) detective with a lot lacking in personality. I also felt that, while the details were not made clear until the very end, the gist of the murder could be readily guessed at.
Denise Mitchell
This was the first Inspector Wexford book I read, and I was hooked on Ruth Rendell and Barbara Vine from then on. I've read and loved them all, and I look forward to more by the author.
Theryn Fleming
This was my first Ruth Rendell writing as Ruth Rendell book, but I've previously read several of her Barbara Vine books. An Unkindness of Ravens was a standard police procedural, featuring a bunch of characters who are apparently regulars, including the main detective, Chief Inspector Wexford. The Barbara Vine books are more dark, psychological thrillers. I think I prefer those, but this was an entertaining mystery nonetheless. The plot involves a husband who's vanished and a group of militant f ...more

Look, the book was reasonably well-written; I've enjoyed many of her other books. But oh, the cliches in this book about "militant feminist separatists" had me wincing with their clumsiness. And the murderer turns out to be crying rape/incest up in order to further her career in the face of sexism and her father was probably right by denying her career anyway. Militant feminist teens don't let themselves be the victims of incest you see. Wince, wince. And she befriends another girl with
Lucy Barnhouse
I usually enjoy Rendell's novels a great deal, finding them well-written and astute. This one, however, was bizarrely and pervasively misogynistic. I could sputter outrage for paragraphs, but I'll spare you that, and recommend sparing yourself this book.
It was a very long time since I'd read the last Inspector Wexford, so this book finds him retired and not coping that well with retirement (as you can imagine). He gets invited to be an 'expert' on a case in London (does that really happen? well who cares) and it begins again. It's hard to see how this format could continue, but I do hope it does. I, for one, promise to turn a blind eye to the improbability of it all. It was another brilliantly characterised crime novel, and left you wanting mor ...more
Another great Wexford mystery. Complex, full of twists and English lifestyles. Not full of gore and violence. Simply put - a good read.
This was just a very enjoyable book to read. There was only one time that Inspector Wexford said something unkind to a suspect. His associate, Mike BUrden, has a wife who is going through a very uncomfortable pregnancy. At first it seems that Rodney Williams has disappeared, then his body is found, and it turns out that he was a bigamist, with to families--one daughter with the legal wife, and a son and younger daughter with the other one. Do the families know each other, who killed him, and why ...more
Prosenjit Paul
My first Inspector Wexford book! Came highly recommended- and it will not be the last :-)
An Inspector Wexford tale, where Dora asks him to speak to a neighbour whose husband had gone missing. Within a few days the man's car is found and it turns into a murder hunt. He has been leading a double-life and has secrets that Wexford and Burden slowly uncover. The ravens come into it as a schoolgirl feminist group, their logo a raven with the face of a woman. Not one of the better Rendell tales, I was heading towards guessing the outcome before I was halfway through and it all seemed a lit ...more
Quite an intriguing mystery with some twists and turns. Very good.
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