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Quite different to other Wexford titles and very clever.

A New Lease Of Death by Ruth Rendell – In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel

His wife is not in the story dead or alive but his behavior to get to the truth makes a pastor looks stupid. Part One 29 Sep Notify me of new comments via email.

Ruth Rendell’s writing style is to my liking. So I thought to start the month off by going back to the start of the Wexford series — well, book two anyway.

A New Lease of Death by Ruth Rendell – Mysteries Ahoy!

I have too many things on my reading list as it is, and am adding more now that I’m around my colleagues and students again. Part One ” on Amazon. It was a good read and a satisfactory conclusion. Like the girl who discovered the body, only 5 at the time, haunted by the things she saw that night and tries to drown them out through drink or drugs.

An old lady, Mrs Primero, was bludgeoned to death in her own home by her handyman, Harry Painter, for a few hundred pounds. The book opens with no less than two full chapters of exposition–and then Rendell’s oddities take over, knocking herself out to expose the psychology of her characters, whether such has any bearing on the story or not.


Rendell begins to find her voice in this book, and I think she realizes that she can do more rendelll the typical serial detective novel. Sep 12, Julian rated it it was ok Shelves: Sad that you left us, Dame Rendell. And the reader is never rendwll any reason to think well of Painter, the murderer, so we should know better than that Wexford screwed up the case. Also, I found the father’s clergyman fixation on this problem annoying.

Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong. He begins unravelling the past, only q discover that murder breeds murder — and often conceals e Read by September Learn how and when to remove this template message. The murder took place some sixteen years earlier; Painter has since been convicted and hanged.

Almost everyone in Rendell’s tale looks upon this as a ddath breaker. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Chief Inspector Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case – it was the first murder he’d ever handled on his own.

There are some questions of motivation and the details of family relationships to uncover but the novel lacks much in the way of twists or surprises, relying instead on engaging the reader with the exploration of its characters. Cultural or regional differences – probably.

A New Lease of Death

There had never been any doubt in anyone’s mind. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. In the usual fashion there is plenty of psychology and little domestic details contributing to the fabric of the novel, drawing you in as you learn more about the characters and their lives. And, unlike Doon, even Burden, Wexford’s trusty second in command, isn’t around much. And so the small town’s or is it a village’s secrets are being dragged into light.


I really enjoyed the first book in this series, however this one wasn’t for me. Open Preview See a Problem? I like the police characters and the way Wexford and Burden interact. Mike Burden Peter Egan Wexford believed he’d solved Mrs Primero’s murder fifteen years ago. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a very clever twist on the detective novel format, giving us a chance to see another aspect of Wexford.

The Reverend is concerned about having a daughter-in-law with a murderer for a father and tries to enlist the Inspector to help him prove that the father was innocent. Thus the working out involves both confirming the judgment of Wexford but also the wishes of the father. This is a different beast to the first one, with Wexford barely involved and having very little to do with driving the plot.

This was first published inand is the second of the Wexford novels. Obviously Ms Rendell grew as a writer after this, and there are many indications of her talent throughout Sins. Some cases are impossible to bury.