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    Ruth Rendell(Author),Terrence Hardiman(Narrator),Audible Studios(Publisher)

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Dazzling psychological suspense. Razor-sharp dialogue. Plots that catch and hold like a noose. These are the hallmarks of crime legend Ruth Rendell, “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world” (Time magazine). From Doon with Death, now in a striking new paperback edition, is her classic debut novel -- and the book that introduced one of the most popular sleuths of the twentieth century.

There is nothing extraordinary about Margaret Parsons, a timid housewife in the quiet town of Kingsmarkham, a woman devoted to her garden, her kitchen, her husband. Except that Margaret Parsons is dead, brutally strangled, her body abandoned in the nearby woods.

Who would kill someone with nothing to hide? Inspector Wexford, the formidable chief of police, feels baffled -- until he discovers Margaret's dark secret: a trove of rare books, each volume breathlessly inscribed by a passionate lover identified only as Doon. As Wexford delves deeper into both Mrs. Parsons’ past and the wary community circling round her memory like wolves, the case builds with relentless momentum to a surprise finale as clever as it is blindsiding.

In From Doon with Death, Ruth Rendell instantly mastered the form that would become synonymous with her name. Chilling, richly characterized, and ingeniously constructed, this is psychological suspense at its very finest.

“One of the most remarkable novelists of her generation.” —People

“She has transcended her genre by her remarkable imaginative power to explore and illuminate the dark corners of the human psyche.” —P.D. James

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  • By Pauline M.S. on July 31, 2015

    I'm years behind,and have read other books by Ruth Rendell. This was my first Inspector Wexford. I am now on her fourth book in the series.To me ' From Doon With Death ', was thin needed more detail,fleshing out. However as a good author she does this in later books. Gets to know her characters better . In reading a series from the beginning you grow with the characters and I like the gradual process. I'm liking the inspector more with each books. I look forward to going through the series.

  • By R. Ashton on June 26, 2013

    A perfectly serviceable Wexford, this novel betrays itself as the first of this notable and prolific series. Rendell has said that Wexford was a kind of accident of this story, breathed into existence by the simple necessity for a detective in a mystery. As such, he is far from fleshed out -- indeed in some ways Burden is more fully developed -- but even in this sketchy character we can see glints of the fulsome and complex person into whom he will evolve over the decades to come.But, in the end, it is the story, even more, the psychology of the characters in it, which drove this first Kingsmarkham mystery. Rendell bravely, for the early 1960's in which she wrote this, explores the various faces of love experienced and love rejected, of lives twisted to constrain secrets. She writes confidently and forthrightly, exhibiting her abiding interest in the shaping of human lives and communities by personal and social forces, an interest which blossomed richly in her subsequent writings and public life.If you, like me, have fallen happily into the moral and human exploration that Rendell and Wexford have given us, I think you will find this first Wexford mystery enjoyable in its own right, and fascinating as the jumping off point from which one of the late twentieth century's best writers developed her own powerful strain of a well-mined genre.

  • By Shirley Y. Thomas on November 3, 2017

    These books are literature. You'll learn that soon enough. You may think you're going to get a cozy, police procedural, but you'll get a lot more than that. I've read several in the series but had never read this inaugural book. It was interesting to see the characters of Burden and Wexford in the first brief sketches of what would become Ruth Rendell's dynamic duo of about 20 more books. This is a top-notch writer in the opening pages of a major body of work.

  • By Gabi Coatsworth on April 23, 2017

    This book was published in 1964, and is well worth reading for those who like crime fiction, and for people interested in seeing how social mores and attitudes have changed since then. Characters are stereotyped very often, housewives must all be polishing their front doorsteps on their knees, the police force is all male, Inspector Wexford walks to work. It's a different world, but the novelist's eye isn't judgmental. Not a great novel, but a very promising debut in its time.

  • By Captain Nemo on February 2, 2017

    When the story was written, the plot "twist" may have been surprising; in the 21st century, it's fairly simple minded and no surprise. Moreover I found the whole cast of characters one-dimensional, unpleasant -- including the detectives -- and very sterotyped. The author appears to have no love for her characters, and certainly no love for the world she creates. To adapt and pervert a well-known phrase, the novel is "nasty, brutish, and long".

  • By Julia Bock on February 27, 2015

    It was a good story, but you couldn't guess the "who done it" until the very end. Sometimes I found the story hard to follow, don't know if it was me losing my concentration or the author losing hers. I had heard this was a good author so I will read another of her books. This is the first with this character.Mystery writing is my favorite.

  • By Marilyn G. Henry on August 26, 2014

    Rendell is such a good writer one cannot go wrong here. I know I'll appreciate Wexford more now, because he has grown so in the subsequent books about him. Actually I've read nearly all Wexford books already a while ago, but I read at random and now I'm curious to see him develop, book by book. But Wexford is scarcely here this time, Burden only sketchily. I want to see Rendell put a background in for Wexford, Dora, the girls, all the little touches to make him a human and recognizable, and to develop that relationship with Burden who is so different from him.Once more I saw the ending coming. But that's OK. I want to see the village, the characters, etc. I enjoyed this well-written mystery and look forward to continuing.

  • By Mark A. Wilson on January 31, 2017

    My first Ruth Rendell book, and the one that introduced her main detective, Inspector Wexford. A suburban housewife is found dead, and her apparently-boring life turns out to have hidden depths and twists, rising from her past.


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