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The Babes in the Wood By Ruth Rendell The Babes in the Wood With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have

  • Title: The Babes in the Wood
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9781400034192
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Babes in the Wood By Ruth Rendell With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a caseWith floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a case of kidnapping, perhaps connected with an unusual sect called the Church of the Good Gospel But when the sitter s smashed up car is found at the bottom of a local quarry occupied by a battered corpse the investigation takes on a very different hue The Babes in the Wood is Ruth Rendell at her very best, a scintillating, precise and troubling story of seduction and religious fanaticism and murder.
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    1. Jaksen on said:

      So far, one of my favorite Inspector Wexford novels, by Ruth Rendell I almost gave it five stars, but had one small huge criticism about the book.First off, it s the story of what happened to three missing people, two teenagers and a young adult woman They ve gone missing and it s up to Wexford, Burden, and associates to find them This is all set against a backdrop of a flooded English countryside, with the nearby river literally moving right up the hill to Wexford s house The feeling throughout [...]

    2. Bettie☯ on said:

      Read by Nigel AnthonyTotal Runtime 12 Hours 10 MinsDescription With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a case of kidnapping, perhaps connected with an unusual sect called t [...]

    3. Vastine on said:

      SPOILERS An unfortunate misstep for the usually reliable Ruth Rendell The book is filled with uninteresting subplots especially one about a wealthy alcoholic and his narcissistic model wife that constantly undermine the flow of the story Like so many European crime novels, the story includes the usual religious boogiemen without even a hint of nuance The solution largely comes via a plot device not the investigation we have been following though to be fair to Rendell, pieces of the investigation [...]

    4. Elizabeth on said:

      ZZZZZZZZZZZ am I finished yet This book was OK, the writing was excellent, but it dragged on The story could have been shortened a bit The plot was good, but the outcome was very predictable, at least to me I m going to read The Rottweiler next, also by Ruth Rendell I ve heard it is really good.

    5. Ilze on said:

      Rendell has an extremely long list of novels to her name, some famously Inspector Wexford ones but why bother reading them For the entire 300 pages I ve just waded through, I honestly had the sense that the writer was sitting at her typewriter laughing at her readers She clearly knew from the very beginning who killed Joanna Troy and why the Dade children went missing, as well as where they were All the questions Wexford asks and all the investigations as to what, where and how are mere red herr [...]

    6. Pupottina on said:

      Una lettura pu essere anche rilassante oltre che avvincente Pu sembrare che le due sensazioni si escludano, ma in un romanzo di Ruth Rendell, come in uno di Agatha Christie, si amalgamano alla perfezione SOLI NEL BOSCO un nuovo capolavoro di Ruth Rendell, dove le vicende si evolvono in un crescendo, rivelando segreti di famiglia e questioni religiose.Gi dalle prime pagine l interesse si incentra sulla misteriosa sparizione di Giles e Sophie, fratelli e adolescenti che un alluvione ha avvolto nel [...]

    7. Ed on said:

      Extremely detailed police procedural set in the capital of Rendell Land, Kingsmartin Wexler and Burden are joined by a few other detectives, including Sargent Barry Vine Rendell s pen name for her non Wexler books is Barbara Vine and a couple of redoubtable female detective constables Three people have disappeared two young teenagers and the woman who has minding them for the evening while their parents were in London and after a while are presumed dead There is a memorable cast of unsavory char [...]

    8. Laura on said:

      Another great masterpiece written by Dame Rendell.4 Going Wrong4 The Keys to the Street3 The Fever Tree and Other Stories4 A Judgement in Stone3 Fall of the Coin4 People Don t Do Such Things3 The Girl Next Door2 To Fear a Painted Devil3 Dark Corners3 Live FleshInspector Wexford series3 Shake Hands Forever Inspector Wexford, 9 3 The Veiled One Inspector Wexford, 14 4 Kissing the Gunner s Daughter Inspector Wexford, 15 3 Harm Done Inspector Wexford, 18 3 The Babes in the Wood Inspector Wexford, 19 [...]

    9. Nikki on said:

      I recently read that Ruth Rendell has published her last Inspector Wexford novel The Monster in the Box and realized that I had a little catching up to do In Babes in the Wood, Rendell comes closer to her standalone psychological suspense novels some of which she publishes as Barbara Vine than I recall her doing in past Wexford books It seems that each family in this book is dysfunctional than the next Wexford and Burden must also deal with a fundamentalist church and with heavy rains and flood [...]

    10. Ellen on said:

      The Babes In The Wood by Ruth Rendell.Inspector Wexford and people living in the Kingsmarkham area are experiencing the worst flooding in recent memory The rains keep coming and are over flooding the banks of the Brede River Wexford is notified of a missing person s alert for a baby sitter Ms Troy and two siblings in her care Giles Sophie Since no trace has yet to be found of them why is the mother so certain they are all dead Another excellently written Inspector Wexford novel by Ruth Rendell b [...]

    11. S.P. Aruna on said:

      The thing that stands out in this mystery is the carefully crafted plot that doesn t reveal itself until the end, and that s what makes a first class whodunit However, that being said, it was a bit too wordy and the subplots about the inspector s daughters were uninteresting and made the book drag on Though the motif about water flooding, endless rain, everything sopping wet was something I liked All in all, it s a book for Inspector Wexford fans.

    12. Harry Connolly on said:

      Book 12 of 15in2015Wow This was sort of terrible Rendell died recently, and the way her obituaries described her work made me want to sample it The sensible thing would have been for me to carefully select a much lauded novel, but instead I grabbed something at random on the shelf The characters were cliches an absent minded professor, a snotty supermodel, misogynistic Christian fundamentalists, the overweight guy who can t resist a sweet cake in the most awkward of social circumstances The plot [...]

    13. Sophie on said:

      This book had potential, but as the plot unfolded, I found it and tedious There were so many cliches it became rather laughable at times women hating religious fanatics, repressed spinsters, nagging women, drunken aristocrats There was even an absent minded professor, though the author tried to excuse it by pointing out that the character was a cliche Wouldn t it be better to avoid such cliches altogether Overall, the mystery was fairly well laid out and I had a good idea of who the culprit wa [...]

    14. Linda on said:

      It s raining in Kingsmarkham And raining And raining There s flooding in the town, close to the home of Inspector Wexford, who is worried about his adult daughter, a divorcee with appalling taste in men, as well about his house In the midst of the deluge, a teenage brother and sister vanish, along with the woman who has been staying with them during their parents weekend away Wexford sees no real evidence of foul play, but is uneasy anyway When the woman s car is spotted in a shallow gorge, with [...]

    15. Pam Roberts on said:

      Ruth Rendell is a wonderful writer and I especially enjoyed this Inspector Wexford mystery The author manages to combine a really good mystery with recurring and progressive with each book of the series tales of the private lives of his co workers and his two adult daughters His daughter Sylvia gets the attention in this book and Wexford is not happy with her The mystery, about two teenagers and their babysitter, has many twists and turns and is brought to a satisfactory, if somewhat unlikely, c [...]

    16. Cybercrone on said:

      Good story as usual, but some just very strange things that I have no idea why her editor didn t pick up on They just grated.For instance, in one section there was a comment made by Wexford that all three of the supposed victims passports were at their own homes, so somehow that was supposed to mean that the abductor murderer must be foreign and had left the country.

    17. Joan on said:

      As I have with all of the Wexford novels, I had a wonderful time reading this one Actually, this time round, I listened to the audiobook version on my iPhone, but I read it when it was first published My only complaint is with the solution, which didn t seem as believable as Rendell s solutions usually do The side story about Sylvia was great.

    18. Amy on said:

      I normally really like Ruth Rendell and her mysteries but this one fell short For some inexplicable reason, she decided to ruin a perfectly good story with strange feminist interjections and then a blatant anti Christianity blib It rang false in the novel and also for her detective, Inspector Wexford.I finished the novel because I really did want to know who did it but wish I hadn t.

    19. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) on said:

      It was a long time since I last read a novel by Ruth Rendell and I found this one enjoyable enough The book dragged on a bit however, especially as Inspector Wexford had to revisit the same witnesses suspects over and over again for further questioning Still, Ruth Rendell is a very talented writer and I always enjoy her style very much.

    20. Margie on said:

      Apparently I first read this before I started using GoodReads I kept thinking the storyline was vaguely familiar, which made the mystery fall a bit flat Good writing.

    21. Brian on said:

      Rendell later books take the murder mystery and turns them into character studies and psychological puzzles Spoilers Two young teenagers go missing with their babysitter When the babysitter is found dead the search for the two missing children intensifies A whole host of characters and relationships are investigatedThe way Rendell tackles subjects like domestic abuse and breaking up of relationships is very well done Even her portrayal of teenagers is believable Her observations are spot on Her [...]

    22. Haley on said:

      This is the first of the Inspector Wexford mysteries that I have read It had a very slow start and you are inundated with so many characters that it is difficult to keep track There are also multiple storylines that become laborious to keep up with.

    23. Charlotte Donaldson on said:

      Once again a true murder mysteryI stay up late when I shouldn t Just such engaging stories, fully developed characters, and plots unlike others Really drew me in I hate for each book to end

    24. Cyd on said:

      This is the first Rendell in which I ve correctly guessed a small part of the ending Excellent and intricately plotted as usual.

    25. Anj_1 on said:

      A real slow burner and a chore to read Lots of padding, like endless discriptions of the weather, and the ending has nothing to do with 90% of the book.

    26. Nanosynergy on said:

      Too meandering, too long, Christian fundamentalists were unconvincingly drawn There was a good kernal in there, but too much shell Too bad.

    27. Liz Thomas on said:

      It s a good book and story I will be reading of her books once I get back to library.

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