Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Vault by Ruth Rendell
Inspector Wexford is retired now, but somehow he finds himself helping on another case...
Simon and Schuster shared an egalley of this book with me for review (thank you). The book will be published mid-September, so make a note on your TBR list to remember to pick up a copy.
Ms. Rendell has written several Inspector Wexford stories. He's a bit of a plodder, but he gets the job done. Dora usually helps him decipher his clues. So I was expecting another good "who done it" mystery. What I didn't expect was for Wexford's daughter to get stabbed in the middle of the tale. The daughter and her children move in with the retired parents and patience disintegrates on both sides.
The case involves a coal bin that is covered by a manhole cover and hasn't been used in years and four bodies at the bottom of the hole. Not all the bodies were killed at the same time; three older ones and one more recent death adds to the mystery...
It is hard to ferret out the tangled tale that leads to truth. Wexford finds it hard to concentrate on the case with his daughter in the hospital and then home in his house. Dora is distracted and frustrated by the situation. The lead detective doesn't seem to be very impressed by Wexford's conclusions, but Wexford pushes on.
This a typical good read written by Rendell. You won't regret following Wexford off on another of his adventures. Get a copy and keep the old boy working!