The Speaker of Mandarin (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #12)

The Speaker of Mandarin (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #12)

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by Ruth Rendell
     
 

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Chief Inspector Wexford is in China, visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists. After their return to England, one of his fellow tourists is found murdered. As he questions other members of the group, Wexford finds secrets of greed, treachery, theft, and adultery, leading the distressed inspector to ask not who is innocent, but who is least…  See more details below

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Chief Inspector Wexford is in China, visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists. After their return to England, one of his fellow tourists is found murdered. As he questions other members of the group, Wexford finds secrets of greed, treachery, theft, and adultery, leading the distressed inspector to ask not who is innocent, but who is least guilty . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307829504
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Series:
Chief Inspector Wexford Series , #12
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
106,300
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for 1976’s best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled for publication in October 2015

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 17, 1930
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex

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The Speaker of Mandarin (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #12) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Certainly Chief Inspector Wexford is ¿out of his bailiwick¿ in this Ruth Rendell suspense! In ¿Speaker of Mandarin,¿ the erstwhile police detective finds himself in China, enjoying the sights. So much so that some sights keep recurring! Even after he returns home to his routine of solving murders in Kingsmarkham! Following the trip to China, one of Wexford¿s fellow travelers is murdered. And Rendell & Company are off and running. This series, certainly one of the best in the police procedural genre, always provides the reader with plenty of suspense, intrigue, intelligence, and great characterization. In his investigation, Wexford finds that there¿s more to this group of travelers than meets the ey, much like an Oriental puzzle box: until you press the exact button, it remains a mystery. Through Wexford¿s skill, ably assisted by Mike Burden with a little help from Wexford¿s wife Dora, the puzzle--and murderer--is soon revealed. Rendell is true to form here, although finding her in China is a bit surprising! Nevertheless, Rendell fans will applaud and new readers will be impressed!