Published: June 26, 2007
Dazzling psychological suspense. Razor-sharp dialogue. Plots that catch and hold like a noose. These are the hallmarks of crime legend Ruth Rendell, “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world” (Time magazine). From Doon with Death, now in a striking new paperback edition, is her classic debut novel — and the book that introduced one of the most popular sleuths of the twentieth century.
There is nothing extraordinary about Margaret Parsons, a timid housewife in the quiet town of Kingsmarkham, a woman devoted to her garden, her kitchen, her husband. Except that Margaret Parsons is dead, brutally strangled, her body abandoned in the nearby woods.
Who would kill someone with nothing to hide? Inspector Wexford, the formidable chief of police, feels baffled — until he discovers Margaret’s dark secret: a trove of rare books, each volume breathlessly inscribed by a passionate lover identified only as Doon. As Wexford delves deeper into both Mrs. Parsons’ past and the wary community circling round her memory like wolves, the case builds with relentless momentum to a surprise finale as clever as it is blindsiding.
This is the first book in the Inspector Wexford Series by Ruth Rendell and the second I’ve listened to, the other being Not in the Flesh, number twenty-one in the series.
While the story line was good and the characters interesting, Inspector Wexford, seemed flat and just so-so and because of this I found myself wanting the book to hurry up and end. If the Inspector couldn’t get excited about what was going on around him, why should I?
I’ve decided not to read any other books in this series. There are just too many GREAT books waiting on my TBR list.