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Not In The Flesh (Inspector Wexford #21)

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A new Chief Inspector Wexford mystery from the author who "Time" magazine has called "the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world."
When the truffle-hunting dog starts to dig furiously, his master's first reaction is delight at the size of the clump the dog has unearthed: at the going rate, this one truffle might be worth several hundred pounds. Then the dirt fal
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Published June 10th 2008 by Books on Tape (first published 2007)
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This was a perfectly pleasant read but not especially exciting. Inspector Wexford is always such a calm person and everything proceeds at such an even pace. In this particular book even the deaths are historical and therefore not dangerous or threatening. Some police work and a lot of coincidences bring the cases to a successful close although there is a bit of a red herring towards the end which made this reader think she had guessed the wrong answer only to find out later it was actually corre ...more

A long-buried body is unearthed in Flagford, England - on the property of grouchy John Grimble - and Chief Inspector Wexford and his team investigate. The detectives learn that Grimble dug a trench eleven years before to prepare the property for additional homes. Denied permission to build the houses an incensed Grimble filled in the trench - which by then apparently contained a dead body. Soon afterwards another set of human remains is found on Grimble's property, in his old abandoned home. Thi
This book was dire. The main problem is not the basic plot, although I found that a bit confused, it's the "issues" the book goes on about in a stupid and sometimes offensive way.

"His taste ran to the colours which suited black skin, those which perhaps only a black man could successfully wear: red, orange, yellow, bright green. Black was a no-no." Funny, I'm sure I've seen more black people wearing black clothes than bright green. I've also seen plenty of non-black people wearing those colours
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one was great!

I listened to this on CD, narrated by Simon Vance. First of all, the narration was 'spot on,' and the complexity and variety of voices, accents, inflections, all of it, were superb. I will look for more books, especially by Rendell, which are narrated by Mr. Vance.

The story...

Two bodies are found in a wooded area owned by a man, Grimble, who has inherited the land and wants to build four houses on it. He even started a drainage ditch before he gets approval to build. However,
Kasey Jueds
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
My life has become so much better since I accepted Ruth Rendell as my personal savior.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a book starring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford (this is the 21st in the series) is like a long visit with an old friend. Like the rest of us, Wexford is aging and the process has turned him into a grumpy older man. He is forever frustrating his adult daughter and his wife, he hates anything to do with computers and the internet, and thinks that the world has become overfamiliar. In this latest adventure, a truffle sniffing dog (who is trespassing with his master) finds a dead body inst ...more
Judith Teggelaar
Another "hard to put down" book by master mystery writer, Ruth Rendall. This one centers around a cold case from 11 years before. Enter Inspector Wexford and the fun begins.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, audio-book
Ruth Rendell is a very good writer. She creates three-dimensional characters, brings her settings and scenarios to life, and pulls the reader into her stories. Unfortunately, though, Not in the Flesh is not a very intriguing mystery. There were too many disparate story lines, too many giant coincidences, too much time between the murder and the discovery of the body (eleven years) for witness recollections to be believable. (Who remembers seeing a stranger wearing a particular T-shirt after elev ...more
Jayne Charles
It's a long time since my last rendezvous with Wexford and his chums, and I have missed some of his more recent outings. It's interesting to note the way he reacts to changes in the world around him over the years. Now he's forced to drink wine the poor love, and all his staff have taken to calling him 'Guv' because that's what happens on 'The Bill'. Rather less blood and gore than your average murder mystery, though the (slightly incongruous) subplot involving the Somali family is calculated to ...more
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery

It’s difficult to review a mystery without giving too much away. In this case, all I need to say is that Ruth Rendell has written her typically good Chief Inspector Wexford mystery. The characters are familiar, they’re older, but they act as they always have.

A relatively new character, Detective Sergeant Hannah Goldsmith, makes an interesting foil for Wexford’s reflections on age and a changing society.

A familiar character, Inspector Mike Burden, “...had at last, regretfully, discarded his desi
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