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If you appreciate mysteries -- of the more traditional "cozy" variety rather than edge of seat potboilers with formula violence and sex-- this is a perfect listen. Rendell's characters, setting detail, plot, and atmosphere in this are right up there with P.D. James.
Rendell's charaters age well, so rather than a vintage listen, Wexford and company reason their way through the Internet age as smartly as they did in early 60s England. But this listen builds soldily on the traditional English cozy.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The two characteristics I look for in a detective novel are interesting and exciting. Both are present in this book. Not only is the text interesting but the excitment is greatly enhanced by the wonderful rendering given by Mr. Anthony. If you like whodunit books, this is one for you. I particularly liked the last two chapters. Wait until you hear them. It is quentisential Rendell
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I love Nigel Anthony's readings of Inspector Wexford novels. His vocal skills enable him to recreate Wexford's voice much as George Baker did on the on-screen version, and he's versatile enough to apply good voices for the other characters too.
As with most Wexford cases, there are all sorts of plot twists and turns, yet when eventually the denouement is reached, it has a pleasing psychological realism about it
Got to love a bit of Inspector Wexford. Really engaging mystery and beautifully read. Old school crime.