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The first case for DCI Reg Wexford. When Margaret Parsons disappears, it's assumed that she's run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found and a startling discovery is made when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home...
©2007 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By connie on 03-12-11

It's worth starting here

I started Rendell with her later Wexford mysteries, but hesitated to spend a credit on this one because it was both older and shorter. I'm glad I finally tired it since it proved a well-wriiten and absorbing mystery made more enjoyable by Rendell's knack for capturing the setting and Wexford's dry wit. The narrator (not favorites Bailey or Anthony) delivers a different but apt voice for Wexford.

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By Nicole on 07-09-12

From Doon with Death

Would you listen to From Doon with Death again? Why?

The first Inspector Wexford story, this story is a little dated as you'd expect as it's almost fifty years old. I surmised the murderer early but it was still satisfying to hear the story unfold.

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By Kirstine on 06-30-10

Vintage Rendell

It was interesting to listen to this book as I've seen the TV version a couple of times, but I'd forgotten the ending and so could enjoy the gradual detection process of Wexford's incisive mind. As with other Ruth Rendell novels, there's plenty of psychological disfunction and complex motivations displayed before the killer is revealed.
I believe this is either the first or one of the earliest Inspector Wexford novels. Wexford's character comes over strongly, but Inspector Burdon doesn't figure as prominently as he does in later books.
It's a well-crafted story with false trails but it all hangs together in a satisfactory way and the ending is a bit of a surprise, but not entirely implausible.

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By Monica on 06-01-15

Ruth Rendell RIP I need to start at the beginning

What made the experience of listening to From Doon with Death the most enjoyable?

I have read most of Ruth Rendell's books, but decided after her death to listen to the first Wexford story and was not disappointed

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always Wexford, he is my type of man

Have you listened to any of Terrence Hardiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first Terrence Hardiman performance I have listened to but I really liked his voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Never judge a book by its inscription.

Any additional comments?

Nope

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By Bevan Lewis on 03-15-17

Masterful novel with beautiful language

Ruth Rendell introduces Detective Inspector Wexford in this book. Set unashamedly in the early 1960s (I. e. contemporary ), the writing is lucid and beautiful. Everything a police procedural should be. The audible book is superbly read, one of the best performances I've heard.

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