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Posted August 24, 2001
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2011
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