Kissing the Gunner's Daughter (Inspector Wexford #15)
In this one three people are killed (slaughtered actually) while eating dinner in a great mansion located in a somewhat secluded, private wooded estate. Yes, they are wealthy. One's a famous author; the other two are her husband and daughter. There is one survivor, a granddaughter, shot in the shoulder and who nearly bleeds to death.
Wexford, with his sidekick, Burden, and various other police aides, officers, and forensics experts set up ca ...more
Reg Wexford (described pompously on the cover of the US edition as "Inspector Reginald Wexford", f'r gawd's sake, as if they were hoping to make you think he was another goddam Brit cop-with-a-knighthood, or at least an "Hon" to put to his name) has to tackle one of the goriest cases of his career, whenan internationally renowned local author has her head blown apart by a gunman or gunmen who also slay her husband and daughter; only her granddaughter Daisy survives. Doing his usual bluff best to ...more
Davina Flory turns out not to have been quite the marvelous character that many think she was, and her controlling nature turns out to have contributed to her demise.
Wexford's daughter Sheila falls in love with an appalling sort of writer, and Wexford's sense of having lost her to this character may have blinded his vision for a time. ...more
Wexford is a bit of an old-fashioned plodder. He is not a rogue, rough around the edges detective. If you like old-fashioned police procedurals you will love this series.
Rendell's last few books haven't been up to her extraordinarily high standard, but Chief Inspector Wexford's first appearance since The Veiled One (1988) is cause for celebration. The crime under investigation--the murder of monstrous old novelist Davina Flory, her younger MP husband Harvey Copeland, and her daughter Naomi, along with the shooting of granddaughter Daisy--is thick with mysteries beyond whodunit: What were the two criminals looking for beyond a bit of jewelry?...more
Ich bin kein allzu großer Fan der Inspector Wexford Krimis... nett geschrieben, aber so furchtbar kurzlebig und beinah ein sinnloses Lese"vergnügen".
Die nächsten zwei Bücher habe ich schon in die Hand gedrückt bekommen. Hat sie geschenkt bekommen von eine ...more
Several suspects, so little to go on. Inspector Wexford follows several false trails. The characters, even minor ones, are well drawn, and so when the murderer is reveale ...more
'Sergeant Caleb Martin of Kingsmarkham CID had no idea just how terminally unlucky Friday the thirteenth of May would prove. Even alive, he could have had no inkling of the chain of bloody events that would follow' he dies later that day in a bank heist, shot by a gun that is later used to kill 3 members of the same family at their home, while one member of the family survives. In a counter point to the main story Inspector Wexford does not like his daughters new partne ...more
Ruth Rendell is so ubiquitously associated with the crime novel in the UK that it's easy to write her off as just another best selling author and forget what an excellent writer she is. Though the ending of this book was a little tangled up and the solutions to the minor mysteries got a little lost in the unveiling of the major mystery it didn't really detract from an excellent plot. There were a lot of characters to keep straight and if I'd read it at a slower pace I might have got irritated an...more
Was a good read, though at times seemed to take a longer path to get to the destination than truly necessary. Worked out half of the guilty parties quite early in the piece, though without understanding why. Thankfully all loose ends were duly tied.