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Summary

An Inspector Wexford mystery. On a stormy February afternoon, little Stella Rivers disappears and is never seen again. Then, on a warm October day, 5-year-old John Lawrence fails to come home, and evil, mad, taunting letters begin, which make the worst, unspoken imaginings a brutal reality.
©2009 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Story marred by unconvincing romance

I usually enjoy Ruth Rendell's books, including her Wexford series. However, this is one of the weaker books, in my opinion. I now recall seeing a TV version of the story and thinking that the romance between the recently widowed Inspector Burden and the mother of a missing child (a case he was working on) was unconvincing and that it spoiled an otherwise good detective story involving two missing children: the two cases separated by over a decade. Ruth Rendell is excellent when describing rather odd, psychologically disturbed people but is less adroit over romantic relationships between men and women.

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Not her best

A great deal of introspection in this one and I got irritated with the characters who seemed less real tan usual.

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Robin Bailey is Wexford

RB really embraces the part. I am hooked on his Wexford and especially as many of the Rendell audiobooks are included in the membership. Good story as always from this writer.

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Loved it

Highly recommended. Great story and an insight into the well loved characters of RR. Narration excellent.

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Another enjoyable chapter...

in the Wexford series. Slowly developing the tension, and the queasy suspense is a Ruth Rendell speciality which has been put to excellent use in this intriguing story of a missing, presumed by everyone to be dead, child...

As always, it's Wexford's interactions with and relationship to his cast of supporting characters that gives these books their special effervesence and "No More Dying..." is no exception.

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Not worth the time.

Very poor story. Not believable. Irritating narrator. Even for free it is not worth bothering.

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Good story, but whining narrator

The relationships between the characters are so well portrayed in the book; just let down somewhat by the nasal whining attributed to so many of them by the actor. Not all the characters are likeable and some have no redeeming features; this only adds to the sense of people one could bump into in any village shop, pub or school.
The sadness and loss that is all pervasive in so many aspects of this story is quite poetic.

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Silly romance

The romance is unrealistic. Burden comes across as selfish and jealous of a missing child .

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Early Rendell and not so accomplished

Predictable and horribly sexist !
Shows its 1971 vintage by some very retro attitudes to a range of social phenomena, though like nearly all Rendell’s work, nevertheless hard not to want to get to the ending.

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brilliant

brilliant all the way through a wonderful plot full of surprises and fantastic happy ending