The Speaker of Mandarin (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #12)

The Speaker of Mandarin (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #12)

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There were some things about Chief Inspector Wexford's trip to China that he could never have dreamt of: that an old woman would haunt him from one city to the next. That a man would be tragically drowned. Or that, back in England, he would be investigating the murder of one of his fellow tourists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745162393
Publisher: Sound Library
Publication date: 01/01/1987
Series: Chief Inspector Wexford Series , #12
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) was an English politician and author of thrillers and mysteries. Rendell began her writing career as a journalist for a local Essex paper. She published her first novel From Doon with Death in 1964, it featured her most famous character Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford. She would go on to write many more books in the Wexford series which were later adapted for television as The Ruth Rendell Mysteries between 1987 and 2000. In 1997 she was created a life peer and sat in the House of Lords. She was the winner of many literary awards including three Edgars and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association.

Date of Birth:

February 17, 1930

Place of Birth:

London, England


Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex

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The Speaker of Mandarin (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #12) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
piemouth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So-so mystery. Interesting character studies, as usual.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Certainly Chief Inspector Wexford is ¿out of his bailiwick¿ in this Ruth Rendell suspense! In ¿Speaker of Mandarin,¿ the erstwhile police detective finds himself in China, enjoying the sights. So much so that some sights keep recurring! Even after he returns home to his routine of solving murders in Kingsmarkham! Following the trip to China, one of Wexford¿s fellow travelers is murdered. And Rendell & Company are off and running. This series, certainly one of the best in the police procedural genre, always provides the reader with plenty of suspense, intrigue, intelligence, and great characterization. In his investigation, Wexford finds that there¿s more to this group of travelers than meets the ey, much like an Oriental puzzle box: until you press the exact button, it remains a mystery. Through Wexford¿s skill, ably assisted by Mike Burden with a little help from Wexford¿s wife Dora, the puzzle--and murderer--is soon revealed. Rendell is true to form here, although finding her in China is a bit surprising! Nevertheless, Rendell fans will applaud and new readers will be impressed!