An Unkindness of Ravens (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #13)

An Unkindness of Ravens (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #13)


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Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford — a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792775287
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Chief Inspector Wexford Series , #13
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and four Gold Daggers from Great Britain’s Crime Writers Association. In 1997, she was named a life peer in the House of Lords. Rendell also writes mysteries under the name of Barbara Vine, of which A Dark-Adapted Eye is the most famous. She lives in England.

Date of Birth:

February 17, 1930

Place of Birth:

London, England


Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex

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An Unkindness of Ravens: Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery Series, Book 13 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an unhappy and dreary book. I rarely read a book that makes me feel like I've smelled something vile, but this has a fetid aroma. I think it was the way the author portrayed the female characters with a sense of loathing. These include a pregnant wife who is overwhelmed with depression because her amnio results show she is carrying a girl. If that's not ugly enough, wait till you read how the author turns this sad moms frown upside down. Clue, check out how often amnio is wrong. Sigh. Then there are the two women who are unknowingly married to a bigamist. When the cheating husband turns up dead, and the depth of his deceit is revealed, the victimized wives become the prime suspects. The author works hard to paint Wife One as a pathetic imbecile, glued to her telly, and imbued with poor fashion sense. Here again we get a mother who can only love a male child. Wife number one's hatred for her daughter is palpable although it's motive is never revealed. Wife Two fares a bit better in the likability department. The author allows her to be attractive because she looks much younger than her thirties. But even being pretty doesn't spare her from Wexford's contempt because she cries when she's upset. Oh, just like a woman! Add in the woman who founds a support organization for teenage girls. Inspector Wexford gives it the okay for teaching self defense, because he, of course, has thought women should be doing that all along. One wonders what took women so long to figure out that rapists are bad? Oh and he suspects that group founder might be just a little too masculine (wink wink) and too friendly with other women (wink wink) for her own good. Again, sigh. The only females we get to not loathe of in this book, are the teenage girls. Sixty-something Inspector Wexford dreamily compares them to florentine paintings, opining on the creaminess of this young girl's skin, or the lustre of that young girl's hair. Uh huh. So there is just an ick factor running through this book. As if the author (who is a very talented woman) has a dislike for women. Read only if you are a guy, or, if you have your period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic Wexford story--greatly enjoyed this early entry
lindasue43 More than 1 year ago
Ruth Rendell never disappoints. Her writing is exquisite, filled with literary references that make me want to read everything she mentions. The entire Wexford series is literate, warm, and thought provoking. A detective with a brilliant mind and a healthy appetite.
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I knew there had to be a link to A.R.R.I.A., the feminist group, but I never guessed that the instigator of the killing was as warped as she turned out to be. Nor as manipulative. I like Rendell¿s subtle brand of terror. She builds a gradual unease until she strikes with some horrible thing from the closet.
charlie68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another classic by Rendell.
AndrewCottingham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meant to be one of her worst books but I actually found it a reasonable read with a good finish
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the end-of-chapter cliffhangers or foreshadows a little odd. But I enjoyed Inspector Wexford as a character as well as his sidekick Mike Burden, with all his personal problems. I was not too surprised by the eventual revelation of the murderer, although it was more dependent on a Miss Marple-ish psychological analysis than on any clues the author gave out as hints - those were few and far between. There is a mild surprise twist at the end which today we would dismiss as a clear case of blaming the victim, but if J.K. Rowling can say that Dumbledore is homosexual, surely Ruth Rendell must be given the same benefit of the doubt in knowing the circumstances of her characters.
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Suburbs miss english village of yore why make england a place youd never want to visit wont bother to catch up with or continue series buska
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And red herrings and no wheres and too long interviews and questioning and teen angst and silly clubs. We just had two preteens12 13 yr attempted stabbing arrested as adults now in children court but the leader already unfit/ insane to stand trial. this should have been a short story at best theme is being overworked and wexford has lost it in formatic plots
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked around bored.