Kissing the Gunner's Daughter
Read by.................. Robin Bailey
Total Runtime......... 12 Hours 3 Mins
Description: Investigating the murder of a socialite family, Inspector Wexford is forced to face his own deepest feelings. Called "one of Rendell's darkest and most suble character studies" (SF Chronicle).
'Kissing The Gunner's Daughter' is an old Naval expression from the by gone days of sailing ships. Whenever an able bodied seaman violated the Captain's shipboard rules the punishment was cruel and severe. The guilty ...more
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 ...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
IMO this novel it’s worth the read by Ruth Rendell writing alone, which it is ...more
To me reading 410 pages of a mystery, the last thing I want is so much stuff about his family, his psychological problems and all of that. It seems like at some point someone decided that Agatha Christie's 2 dimensional detectives were flawed writing and we needed the ...more
When Chief Inspector Wexford arrives at the estate of celebrity Devina Flory, he has to make sense out of the bloody murder seen, the evidence and the jumbled statements of the lone witness and those who may have seen something ... or not. Statements are not helpful; too many ...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
The plot in a nutshell: Tancred House—a stately manor set in a strange and artificial forest in England—is home to Davina Flory, aging celebrity writer. Until, that is, the night of March twelfth, when person or persons unknown enter the house and brutally slaughter Flory along with husband and daughter, leaving alive only her beautiful granddaughter Daisy, bleeding copiously from a gunshot wound near her heart.
Detective Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford enters into ...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...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.
I tried to think of who was "too present" in the novel for unknown reasons, and ended up suspecting several minor characters wrongly.
I like Inspector Wexford quite a bit and will continue reading this series.
A grisly murder of three people and wounding of a fourth in an estate is the centerpiece of this chilling puzzler, whose solution eludes our friend the inspector. He chases clues and leads, and works hard to understand what's going on...but he doesn't, at least ...more