No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 5, 2013 - Fiction - 288 pages
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From crime legend Ruth Rendell, the gripping new novel in her “beloved” (USA Today) Inspector Wexford series, which will soon mark its fiftieth anniversary

A female vicar named Sarah Hussain is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who finds the body, happens to also be in the employ of former Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford and his wife. When called on by his old deputy, Wexford, who has taken to reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as a retirement project, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators. Wexford is intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, but he’s also desperate to escape the chatty Maxine.

A single mother to a teenage girl, Hussain was a woman working in a male-dominated profession. Of mixed race and an outspoken church reformer, she had turned some in her congregation against her, including the conservative vicar’s warden. Could one of her enemies in the church have gone so far as to kill her? Or could it have been the elderly next-door gardener with a muddled alibi?

As Wexford searches the vicar’s house alongside the police, he sees a book, Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua, lying on Hussain’s bedside table. Inside it is a letter serving as a bookmark. Without thinking much, Wexford puts it into his pocket. Wexford soon realizes he has made a grave error—he’s removed a piece of evidence from the crime scene. Yet what he finds inside begins to illuminate the murky past of Sarah Hussain. Is there more to her than meets the eye?

No Man’s Nightingale is Ruth Rendell’s masterful twenty-fourth installment in one of the great crime series of all time.
  

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Review: No Man's Nightingale (Inspector Wexford #24)

User Review  - Ant Harrison - Goodreads

There's a line in Ruth Rendell's latest Wexford novel, uttered by Dora, his wife: "For heaven's sake, Reg, give it a rest. You're retired. You don't have to do it any more." Well, that's what I felt ... Read full review

Review: No Man's Nightingale (Inspector Wexford #24)

User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

I expect formulaic, but not such predictability I just yawn & yawn. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
21
Section 4
29
Section 5
41
Section 6
51
Section 7
61
Section 8
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
167
Section 19
179
Section 20
187
Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
145
Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writers’ Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than fifty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.

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