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Summary

Only eighteen black people live in Kingsmarkham. One of them is Wexford's new Doctor, Raymond Akande. When the doctor's daughter, Melanie, goes missing, the Chief Inspector takes more than just a professional interest in the case.

Melanie, just down from university but unable to find a job, disappeared somewhere between the Benefit Office and the bus stop. Or at least no one saw her get on the bus when it came. According to her parents, Melanie was happy at home. She had recently broken up with her boyfriend but, until now, there had been no cause to worry about her. And no one liked to voice the suspicion that something might have happened, that Melanie might be dead...

©1995 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Complex but Intriguing.....

Another first-rate crime mystery from Ruth Rendell, beautifully read by Christopher Ravenscroft. Twin themes of modern-day slavery and race-relations in a provincial town in the 90s are skilfully interwoven with the process of detection. A must for Wexford fans.

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Why does Wexford sound like a westcountry farmer?!

Another Wexford story, much like the others. Clumsy handling of racism. The narration nearly made me wince everytime Wexford spoke - why would he sound like a westcountry farmer? Other voices also sounded stilted, and some of the intonation was downright strange.

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Captivating

Inspector Wexford came across as I imagined he spoke.
I enjoy the series and look forward to the next audiobook.

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Very enjoyable book.

I can’t understand all the griping about racism in the book. It depicts an accurate representation of the problem.
Why not worry about the unemployment that is portrayed as well.
Virtue signalling again from a very unique cohort.

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Narration doesn't suit the book.

I'm really sorry but I just could not get on with the narration on this one.
For some reason the voice for Wexford made him sound reminiscent of Mr Bean and it really put me off.

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Christopher Ravenscroft superb!

Others are very good but he is the best Inspector Wexford reader. He makes Wexford sound like George Baker.

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A gripping but sad story

I enjoyed this book more than some of the earlier Wexford novels. Ruth Rendell seems to have decided to address the issue of race and modern slavery, perhaps addressing her earlier sometimes unfavourable descriptions of ethic minorities in her stories.
I find there are often too many characters in the Wexford novels which makes it more difficult to grasp who’s who when listening to an audio book, but the narrator made a good attempt at all the different characters and accents.

Listening to the story now is fascinating, as Ruth Rendell describes the changing face of the UK through the eyes of a small town in Sussex.

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Wonderful Wexford Story

The storyline is wonderful but the narration of Wexford’s voice was a fly in the ointment
Well worth a listen.

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More than a detective story.

Ruth Rendell has shown through her writings that she is quite prepared to show her readers that in her efforts to tell a dark good story that without preaching she can introduce thought provoking issues that some are ignorant of. Another splendid tale of the gruff Wexford

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good story but dated

usual good story but is dated. not as riveting as other Wexfords. nevertheless worth a read for a Rendell fan.

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Very listenable

Good plot development - interesting characters - well written descriptions. Only criticism I have is that the narrator's voice for the main character is rather changeable. I think he is trying to copy Michael Caine's accent but it often doesn't work.