No Man's Nightingale

No Man's Nightingale

Large Print - 2014 | Center Point Large Print edition
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"A female vicar named Sarah Hussain is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. The gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, Maxine, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When detective inspector Mike Burden calls him, Wexford, intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators. A single-mother to a teenage girl, Hussain was a woman working in a male-dominated profession. Moreover, she was of mixed race and working to modernize the church. Could racism or sexism played a factor in her murder? As he searches the vicar's house with Burden, Wexford sees a book on her bedside table. Inside the book is a letter serving as a bookmark. Without thinking much, Wexford puts it into his pocket. Wexford soon realizes he has made a grave error - the former policeman has taken away a piece of valuable evidence without telling anybody. What he finds inside begins to illuminate the murky past of Hussain. Is there more to her than meets the eye? No Man's Nightingale is the captivating twenty-fourth installment in Rendell's masterful Wexford series, which has been delighting readers for almost half a century"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781444821338
1444821334
9781611739534
1611739535
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: 368 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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readerpat
Jul 01, 2014

I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Ruth Rendell.

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123Shannon
Jan 26, 2014

Enjoyed this book. Read it from cover to cover. Ruth Rendell is one of my favorite authors and she never disappoints. Look forward to her next book.

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ndexter
Jan 20, 2014

On a backdrop of; location, events, women in the ministry, racism, and character diversity, Inspector Wexford, resolves the crime. However, there is the appearance of being; weak, apologetic, and repetitous referral of his status of being a former policemen, his office and rosewood desk.

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secretarybird
Jan 15, 2014

Started out well but failed to come up with a believable ending.

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gloryb
Dec 25, 2013

Wexford is retired but still gets involved with solving murders that happen in his neighborhood. I just got tired of reading about his "senior moments" and how difficult it was to change with the times, especially those changes dealing with technology or, for that matter, religious practices, racial and social issues. Not a riveting read.

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nwesterman
Nov 23, 2013

Ruth Rendell is without question a master of the genre. even so, I had the sense that this novel was a bit of a walk-through in the series. She's got the formula Wexford down, and has follwed it throughout. Which doesn't mean that it's not worth reading: even an average Wexford novel is more compelling and well written than most mysteries on the market, but I couldn't help feeling that this one was a bit of a contract fulfillment piece, rather than built around the kernal of a great story demanding to be told.

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