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No Man's Nightingale : Detective Chief Inspector Wexford Series : Book 24 - Ruth Rendell

No Man's Nightingale

Detective Chief Inspector Wexford Series : Book 24

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Published: 1st July 2013
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The twenty-fourth book in the bestselling Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series

Sarah Hussain was not popular with many people in the community of Kingsmarkham. She was born of mixed parents - a white Irishwoman and an immigrant Indian Hindu. She was also the Reverend of St Peter's church.

But it came as a profound shock to everyone when she was found strangled in the vicarage.

A garrulous cleaner, Maxine, also shared by the Wexfords, discovers the body. In his comparatively recent retirement, the former Detective Chief Inspector, is devoting much time to reading, and is deep into Edward Gibbons's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He has little patience with Maxine's prattle.

But when his old friend Mike Burden asks if he might like to assist on this case, as Crime Solutions Adviser (unpaid), Wexford is obliged to pay more precise attention to all available information.

The old instincts have not been blunted by a life, where he and Dora divide their time between London and Kingsmarkham. Wexford retains a relish for work and a curiosity about people which is invaluable in detective work.

For all his experience and sophistication, Burden tends to jump to conclusions. But he is wise enough to listen to the man whose office he inherited, and whose experience makes him a most formidable ally.

About the Author

Ruth Rendell is crime fiction at its very best. The author of over 50 novels, she has won many significant crime fiction awards. Her first novel, From Doon With Death, appeared in 1964, and since then her reputation and readership have grown steadily with each new book.

She has received major awards for her work; three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America; the Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for 1976's best crime novel, A Demon In My View; the Arts Council National Book Award for Genre Fiction in 1981 for The Lake Of Darkness; the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for 1986's best crime novel for Live Flesh; in 1987 the Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award for A Fatal Inversion and in 1991 the same award for King Solomon's Carpet, both written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine; the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990; and in 1991 the Crime Writer's Cartier Diamond Award for outstanding contribution to the genre.

Her books are translated into 21 languages. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

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Very Slow, disappointing

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    • A Bit Slow
    • Difficult To Follow
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    • Not What I Expected

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      Comments about No Man's Nightingale:

      Always delivered on time, great range of books, would a bigger range of DVDs.

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      Comments about No Man's Nightingale:

      I am sorry but I feel Wexford has run his race. I was very disappointed with this novel. I have followed Wexford from his start and waited impatiently for the next novel. This is the first that really disappointed me.

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        like the speedy delivery good to have the "feel"of a book

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        "Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world" -- Ian Rankin "[A] wry and twisty mystery - a joy to read." Evening Standard "With every page, Rendell reminds us why she is the doyenne of murder mystery and still absolutely at the top of her game." Birmingham Post

        ISBN: 9780091953850
        ISBN-10: 0091953855
        Series: Wexford
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 288
        Published: 1st July 2013
        Publisher: Cornerstone
        Country of Publication: GB
        Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.3
        Weight (kg): 0.38