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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I was about 2/3 through, thinking it was well written, interesting, but not yet sensing it was truly special.

Let’s face it, the clues in this case are fairly slight so it was a pleasant surprise that she manages to lay a convincing trail to the killer with such a weak starting point.My feeling, however, was that I should wait to see how she resolved it before reaching a conclusion.

And you know the author who did it when it was Shocking was a product of her time, and common wisdom was different then, but still you just feel awkward for her. 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. Margaret Parsons is the flip side of extraordinary; no enemies, lives in somewhat of a rut, and has no sordid qualities about her whatsoever. Murder Being Once Done Wexford is drawn to the case of a young woman found murdered in a London cemetery vault.However, it was not because of her life that Chief Inspector Wexford became involved, but her death. But good awkward because the book is a snapshot of its time and it’s nice to see how society has changed. It's been almost twenty years since I read it, and there has always been a niggling in the back of my mind to get back to her eventually. Although a fairly short novel, it is filled with intrigue as Wexford and Burden investigate the murder of a seemingly friendless, quiet wife named Margaret Parsons. If you’re worried about spoilers, just stop reading this review now and give it a few months before you decide to read the first of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford mysteries.

One of my strongest memories growing up was my mother’s stack of Ruth Rendell and Colin Dexter novels, one of which always seemed to be on hand for those sorts of occasions in which you were stuck in a waiting room.I have mentioned before that my parents’ love of crime fiction played an important role in my formative years. Overall, I'm feeling three stars for this and am looking forward to reading the next one and hopefully many more after that. So, this one doesn't really have much in the way of backstory of our Inspector, but it is quite a good police procedural. 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. Although it lacks the polish of later volumes in the series, and Wexford especially hasn't yet assumed final form, it is a very capable first outing.

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