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From Doon With Death: A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition (Wexford, 1)

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The psychological profile of the various characters emerges through the interviews and descriptions of present and past facts, but without anyone standing out above the others, at least until the last chapters, where the truth is revealed with a final twist. As Rendell explains in her Afterword, From Doon with Death was originally written as a one-off standalone.

I must confess that as I reached the 40% marker or so, I was worried that this might get a bit dull and disuade me from the series. Margaret Parsons, a fairly ordinary housewife who, with her water board official husband Ron, has recently moved to Kingsmarkham, is found murdered in a field. I have watched many shows on Acorn TV of British detectives and Wexford reminds me of many that I appreciate not only for the exploration of the criminal mind but also of human psychology all against the backdrop of diverse socioeconomic topics so if opportunity presents I know that I will continue reading this series or watch some of the stories that were adapted for TV. Seemingly a classic British murder mystery, much like Christie, whom Rendell apparently disliked and strived to get away from comparisons to, and yet in retrospect very different.Indeed, From Doon With Death, the first Wexford novel, focuses on the mystery of the death of a somewhat rather dowdy housewife who goes missing and then turns up dead. After reading the "Dossier" I knew I wanted to read more about Ruth Rendell and would encourage everyone to read more about her fascinating life and diverse accomplishments.

Although a fairly short novel, it is filled with intrigue as Wexford and Burden investigate the murder of a seemingly friendless, quiet wife named Margaret Parsons. Rendell hangs a lot of the narrative on the question of Doon’s identity, revealing something of that person’s personality to the reader in the form of short excerpts from letters that they had written to Minna as caps to the chapters.

Murder Being Once Done Wexford is drawn to the case of a young woman found murdered in a London cemetery vault. And so, for a non quaint, psychological mystery that relies on neither sex nor violence, this is a very good read.

But good awkward because the book is a snapshot of its time and it’s nice to see how society has changed.However, it was not because of her life that Chief Inspector Wexford became involved, but her death.

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