From Doon With Death: A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition (Wexford, 1)

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From Doon With Death: A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition (Wexford, 1)

From Doon With Death: A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition (Wexford, 1)

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Means of Evil → When Wexford and Burden attend wholefood fanatic Axel Kingman's wedding, they never suspect that they will shortly be investigating the new bride's death. In the 2007 edition of the novel published by Ballantine Books there is a "Dossier" by the author in which she shares, "I realized that I had put an enormous amount of me-and to some extent my father-into him.

Religious, old-fashioned, and respectable, her life had been as spotless and ordinary as her home, as unexciting and dependable as her marriage. The home life is completely absent and the character is not given to quoting Shakespeare or other classics. The novel is somewhat outdated, dating back to 1964, but it’s a compelling story that retains all the charm of a well-written thriller. Ruth Rendell’s references to Victorian poetry of love’s longing plays well considering the grief-stricken husband who’s lost his wife.This time through I've noticed much more than I did the first time -- back then I think I was looking much more for plot and storyline, where now I'm tending to focus more on people and what makes them do what they do. Rendell hangs a lot of the narrative on the question of Doon’s identity, revealing something of that person’s personality to the reader in the form of short excerpts from letters that they had written to Minna as caps to the chapters.

Unusually, Rendell does not make any of the characters particularly sympathetic and that adds to the reality of the crime and suspects. Margaret Parsons is the flip side of extraordinary; no enemies, lives in somewhat of a rut, and has no sordid qualities about her whatsoever.Unlike other novels, the story is not burdened by the personal stories of the detectives, focusing on the crime and the investigation.

The character of Chief Inspector Wexford here is somewhat colder than the character in the later books and the TV series.The Kindle editions of this book appear to be completely muddled on GR, so I've used the 50th Anniversary paperback as a proxy. Add him to my list of preferred readers, pleasantly British, expressive, with good variation between different characters.

There is the open-minded attitude Inspector Wexford has towards people who are different from the majority. While I did get into Morse in my late teens, I actually never got around to trying Rendell either in print or in the televised adaptations.

It seemed grimmer and more adult than the Christies and Chestertons I was used to, and the twist surprised me.

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