But Reg Wexford doesn't realize that he is in for yet another surprise. She never descends to polemic, yet the picture she has painted of British society since the mid-Sixties is often far from neutral. Then a neighbor--friendly, knowing, disarmingly beautiful--offers Wexford her assistance. It's fascinating to observe a character who is known so well by the fans of the series gradually lose his calm self-assurance and all of the values he has lived by his entire life. We do not store files, because it is prohibited. The husband was at work when the murder occured, but Wexford is sure of his involvement. Then a neighbor—friendly, knowing, disarmingly beautiful—offers Wexford her assistance.
Everyone is trying to avoid revealing some secret. Although she started with that most classic of English forms, the police procedural, she transformed it both with her psychological insights and her concern with society. The picture on it indicated that this novel is about a murder; these kinds of books are my favourite because I love puzzles and mysteries. There is a fascinating little scene involving Wexford and one of the female suspects that teases the reader in a delicious way and has you longing to know more. Inspector Wexford is the coolest character. Rendell is nothing if not a capable mystery writer. Stable structures have only limited interest; what is gripping is where things start to fall apart, and that is the area where Ruth Rendell excels.
She won the Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award for Lifetime Achievement. That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford in Shake Hands Forever. It is clear that many things she sees make Ruth Rendell angry or despair, but her responses are always tempered through the filter of her characters; she always shows, never tells. The story was only partially redeemed by a surprising twist when the case was finally solved. That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford in Shake Hands Forever. It's 1975, so there aren't any computer data bases, and other modern detective devices, which makes Inspector Wexford's job all the more difficult, and interesting. The woman is discovered by her mother-in-law upon arrival for a weekend visit.
According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford in Shake Hands Forever. Perhaps it was the mystery woman who left her fingerprints on the Hathall's bathtub? Near Fine in Very Good Dust Jacket with small edge tears, nice copy. So who managed to gain entry and strangle her without a struggle? When another investigator does Wexford a favour, things really start to come together, but it is a close thing. One of Rendell's strengths is that her characters develop and change over tim This is a tautly written thriller, filled to the brim with Rendell's trademark psychological insights. So who managed to gain entry and strangle her without a struggle? Inspector Wexford is his usual complex, flawed and true to life character. This second impression is inscribed by the author to a close friend on the title page 'for Maureen much love Ruth' Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about this book.
And I could well be wrong; she has the skill to confound us all. That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford in Shake Hands Forever. As a result, Wexford has to stop the official inquiry into this murder. I also remembered how much I did like so many of her books, so now I am reading the Wexford novels, though I couldn't find the first or, or any of numbers 1-8, at my local li I am reading Rendell and Barbara Vine not because she recently passed away, but because I'd read so many of her books years ago, and rather in a haphazard way. For sheer delight, no one really compares to Agatha, but Rendell is peerless in her time. I have requested some of Rendell's earlier books, including the first four of the Wexford novels, through my library's shared management system. Clearly I'm more of a prude than I thought! She won the Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award for Lifetime Achievement.
And what begins as a rather tricky case turns into an obsession that threatens to destroy the Inspectors career—as well as his marriage. Ashmead was the American editor of Rendell's Doubleday books. In general, I find her plots thoughtful and ingenious. Handicapped by this, and determined to solve the young woman's murder, he has to conduct his own inquiries in a roundabout sort of way, using old friends and family contacts to help him learn just how and why the young wife died. The bed was neatly made, and the woman on top neatly strangled.
By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of willful murder, sexual assault and rape. That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford in Shake Hands Forever. And yet, Inspector Wexford's efforts dragged a bit. These novels of psychological suspense have the recurring theme of the long shadows cast by the past. A woman of few words.
Perhaps it was the mystery woman who left her fingerprints on the Hathall's bathtub? Surely some more plausible plot device could have been devised. According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. And then at the end keeps us on t A detailed and well-constructed piece that almost drags itself out too far, taking place as it does over more than a year. What a fiendishly clever story! Needless to say there are twists and surprises that make it worth 4 stars so the delay was needed as a plot device. I picked up an absolutely pristine copy at the library book sale and decided to make my first foray into Rendell's Inspector Wexford series.
As usual, she has paved the way for a bandwagonload of followers. He is smart and he proudly speaks of his recent weight loss. According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. First posted on my blog. However, the net widens and Wexford and Burden talk to a famous author and his two wives--or the ex and the current, who all live together. A number of her works have been adapted for film and television.
At first, they seem to have something to do with his feud with the local council around building permits. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key. Inspector Wexford is a nice man. The ending I really enjoy My favorite Wexford mystery so far because of the ending which I should have worked out by the clues. Maddeningly addictive, smart and surprising, Shake Hands Forever showcases Ruth Rendell at the height of her storytelling powers.