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A New Lease of Death (Inspector Wexford #2)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,195 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Chief Inspector Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter Case, it was the first murder he had ever handled on his own. There had been no mystery, Painter had done it and was hanged for it. There had been no doubt, until now. Someone wants the case re-examined, someone who wants history changed, and Wexford proved wrong...
Published June 1st 1998 by Chivers Word for Word Audio Books (first published 1967)
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This book has a pretty good premise (one that they couldn’t have today, at least in England, though still in America, unfortunately). An man was convicted and executed for a crime, and Inspector Wexford was one of the men who was caught him. Now, years later, the man’s daughter wants to prove he didn’t do it. Or rather, the father of the man she wants to marry comes knocking, hoping to prove that the woman his son loves isn’t descended from a mass murderer (this book has a retrograde notion of h ...more
Interesting, and fairly short mystery. This one I did NOT see the answer coming and was quite surprised. (Though I did surmise that some things one of the characters did and said, early in the book, did not seem quite 'right.') All the same, I didn't figure out the main puzzle or question in this mystery - I needed Rendell to walk me to it. Darn!

In this mystery Wexford takes a back seat to the Reverend Henry Archerly, who is determined to prove that the father of his future daughter-in-law, a ma
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Karl Marx S.T.
This particular Rendell mystery I guess will be much better if it’s not the second Chief Inspector Wexford book. The story is about a sixteen year old brutal and vicious crime of an old woman whose battered to death with an axe by her helper. Harry Painter is hung for it and Chief Inspector Wexford is certain that they executed the right man. If one is not familiar with Rendell’s whydunits instead of the typical whodunit, readers might be disappointed to learn the identity of the killer which is ...more
This was first published in 1967, and is the second of the Wexford novels. His personality is developing (he seems perhaps a Tory). It's hard to say, as Wexford is a secondary character to Reverend Henry Archery, a poncy vicar come to Kingsmarkham to second guess Wexford's sixteen year old conviction of an axe murderer who was subsequently hanged. Said murderer's daughter is now improbably at Oxford reading Modern Greats and engaged to marry this vicar's son. Presumably the marriage just won't d ...more
Despite the trite title - I typed it into goodreads and Rendell's novel wasn't even on the first page of search results for books called Sins of the Father(s) - this novel is a great mystery. I don't think Rendell is an especially amazing prose stylist or anything, but her characters here are fresh and startling, the plot and the story structure even more so in some ways. I see now why Rendell is so revered. Would make a great film.
Wexford is asked to meet Henry Archery who wants him to look again at the murder of Mrs Primero which happened fifteen years ago. Wexford believes the correct verdict was reached and as it was his first murder case in which he was the officer in charge he is naturally a bit prickly about it. Archery believes that the killer was wrongly convicted and sets out to prove it. In the process he opens rather too many cans of worms.

This is the second in the Wexford series and very good it is too. There
Phillip Oliver
Rendell's second Wexford novel may appear a bit dated but it is easy to see the great writer that she was becoming. This book (initially released as "Sins of the Fathers" in England) is taut, excellently plotted, fully characterized and full of descriptive settings. Wexford lovers may be surprised to find that he really plays a minor part in this book. A pastor by the name of Henry Archery wants to clear the name of the guilty party in Wexford's first case. Archery's son is engaged to the daught ...more
Inspector Wexford takes a backseat to Reverend Archery in this murder mystery.
The Reverend is concerned about having a daughter-in-law with a murderer for a father and tries to enlist the Inspector to help him prove that the father was innocent.

Honestly the whole premise behind looking into the murder was rather annoying. The Reverend comes across as a self righteous prat, which if that was the intent it worked really well but it rather ruined the book for me.
Tricia Ebbs
I love Ruth Rendell but I haven't been able to warm to Inspector Wexford, which is a bummer because I have just about exhuausted all the non-Wexford novels and found Barbara Vine a bit hard going. So I had the brilliant idea of reading the Wexford novels from the beginning and guess what....I really like them. This is the second Wexford and starting at the beginning is giving me a greater insight into the characters and their surroundings as well as a greater understanding of the period when thi ...more
#2 in the Chief Inspector Wexford series. This 1967 series entry was dense and hard-going, as British mysteries sometimes are. I kept having the feeling that I should be enjoying the mystery more than I was and I read it to the end. I haven't yet read #3 - Wolf to the Slaughter (1967).

Chief Inspector Wexford series - It was a brutal, vicious crime -- sixteen years old. An old woman battered to death with an axe. Harry Painter hung for it, and Wexford is certain they executed the right man. But R
A clergyman comes to Kingsmarkham questioning the outcome of Wexford's first murder investigation, which had led to the hanging of a man whose daughter the clergyman's son now wishes to wed. I can't say I understood, precisely, the reason a murderer's child, even one educated at Oxford and clearly psychologically sound, might be an unsuitable candidate for marriage, but the clergyman is worried and wishes to reopen an investigation closed twenty years prior.

We know, of course, that it is uncons
Allan Nail
With school starting back this week, and with me preparing for one new class and an overall overload, it took me a bit to get through this one. That isn't to say it's bad, just that I was dozing off mid-chapter and not remembering things I'd read. Going back a few pages and asking "did you read this?" isn't the most pleasant experience.

And yet, I didn't really dig this one. OK, let me say that I didn't dig the first three-quarters. Like the first Wexford, A New Lease of Death puzzles me. Here, w
A sinopse deixou-me curiosa e intrigada. E sabem o que dizem... “A curiosidade matou o gato”. Bem, neste caso não me matou mesmo ou não estaria a escrever neste momento.. mas vocês perceberam a ideia. Sorte a minha que tinham o livro na biblioteca. E já que ele estava na prateleira e mais dia menos dia acaba-me o prazo de empréstimo, porque não fazer dele a primeira leitura de 2013? Até era uma estreia com uma autora nova e tudo! Existia maneira mais perfeita de iniciar as leituras de um novo an ...more
Clarissa Draper
I listened the unabridged version of this novel.

Throughout the book my suspect for the murder changed repeatedly. That's the sign of a great mystery.

I didn't mind the character of Archery although I didn't quite understand the motivation. I guess today we wouldn't assume a daughter would take after a parent in crime. And I fell in love with Tess early on.
The only thing that bothered me was the relationship that Archery tried to start in the middle of the novel. To me, that didn't make sense.
Jack Erickson
Rendell's Inspector Wexford series usually star the acerbic Kingsmarkham detective who digs deep into peoples psyches when he is investigating a puzzling murder.
But in "Sins of the Fathers," Wexford is a bit of a foil when a troubled clergy member, Henry Archery, comes to town wanting to disprove a murder conviction and execution involving the father of a young lady, Tess, whom his son wants to marry.
Wexford is firmly opposed to an amateur digging up an old murder case which he believes was fai
1967, #2 Inspector Wexford, Kingsmarkham
[cosy police procedural - A-toA/4.25]

Interesting tale of old murder and new love, as the daughter of a murderer tries to rise above her beginnings. The atmosphere of “bad blood will tell” seems terribly old fashioned now, but this is a nicely dark suspenser woven around the emotional melodramatics. The ending is a tad sweet, and although an important bit or two seem rather fudged to me, the overall effect is very good.

Satisfying characterizations, good se
Christine Cody
The American title of this book is The Sins of the Fathers, but Goodreads lists it only with its original title. In this second Wexford, the detective remains in the background of the story, but his presence is always felt, and the reader begins to learn more about the very experienced, intelligent, and often grumpy, Chief Inspector Wexford.

Read by............... Nigel Anthony
Total Runtime......... 6 Hours 53 Mins

Description: It was a brutal, vicious crime -- sixteen years ago. A helpless old woman battered to death with an axe. Harry Painter hung for it, and Chief Inspector Wexford is certain they executed the right man. But Reverend Archery has doubts . . . because his son wants to marry the murderer's beautiful, brilliant daughter. He begins unravelling the past, only to discover that murder breeds murder -- and often conceals e
This is the second book in the Inspector Wexford series. (some editions may have the title as A New Lease on Death)Ruth Rendell is an author I've had the pleasure of recently discovering and her plots are good ones. However, Inspector Wexford is not often seen in this one and that is a mystery in itself.
Maria Longley
Wexford is still a bit of a secondary character in this novel but I did find it a lot more thrilling than the first one. Rev Henry Archery is poking his nose into a sisteen year old case to try and prove Wexford wrong, which is a rather novel approach for a detective story...
Excellent 2nd Chief Inspector Wexford book in which Wexford & Burden hardly appear. Also not on Kindle so had to read it the old fashioned way. Looking forward to the next series installment & hoping for more Inspectors next go-round.
Rendell's second Wexford book, possibly her second book. Better than most mystery writers, but not up to her later brilliant standard. The emotional complexities are involving and the plot unconventional.

Charles Archery fell in love with Tess Kershaw before he was told she was the daughter of a brutal murderer. Even after Tess tells him, he still wants to marry her, but she is so sensitive about it that the disapproval of Charles's parents causes her to refuse his proposal. Charles demands that
Kathleen O'Nan
This is the 2nd Wexford novel. I'm getting a hang of Wexford's style being a more psychological thriller than most mystery writers.
Richard Mansel
She is on more solid footing in this one. The story is more complex and gets better as the story progresses. Some of the characters are less than charismatic.
Diana Sandberg
I’ve been afraid to read any Rendell since a couple of hers in a row were so disturbing I had trouble sleeping. My mother gave me this book ages ago and it's been sitting on my shelves threateningly ever since. This one is from the 1960s, I think perhaps before she got really psychological. It was actually quite readable and not terrifying at all. She is a good writer, which I never contested, and I mostly enjoyed this, although I found the ending a bit murky. Several intelligent turns of phrase ...more
David Zerangue
Not a bad read. Ms. Rendell apparently improves over time with each subsequent writing. One of the nice things about her writing style is that she incorporates a number of obscure adjectives which is wonderful in expanding one's vocabulary. The story itself was full of twists and turns. The ending was completely unexpected (at least by me) and it actually provoked a combination of sadness and repulsion at the same time. Definitely worth the read. A bonus in that it is a short novel which means i ...more
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