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    • From Doon with Death

    • The First Inspector Wexford Novel
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The first case for DCI Reg Wexford. When Margaret Parsons disappears, it's assumed that she's run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found and a startling discovery is made when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Masterful novel with beautiful language

    • By Bevan Lewis on 15-03-2017

    Non-member price: $21.06

    • A Guilty Thing Surprised

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ravenscroft
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    The Nightingales were always a very happy couple. So why did someone batter Elizabeth Nightingale to death in the woods that dark September night? Can DCI Wexford discover a motive?

    Non-member price: $20.21

    • A Spot of Folly

    • Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Toby Longworth, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Previously uncollected and unpublished: new short stories from a master of psychological suspense. New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness. Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are 10 (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time.

    Non-member price: $42.54

    • An Unkindness of Ravens

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 13
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Michael Bryant
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford - a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex.

    Non-member price: $26.84

    • Not in the Flesh

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 21 (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury: a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for 10 years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton sheet. The post mortem cannot reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man’s ribs. The police computer stores a long list of missing persons: something like 500 people every day disappear nationwide.

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • The Vault

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 23 (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife, Dora, now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and their daughter, Sheila’s, coach house in Hampstead. Wexford takes great pleasure in his books, but, for all the benefits of a more relaxed lifestyle, he misses being the law. But a chance meeting with an old acquaintance in a London street changes everything. Tom Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ruth Rendell the teaser

    • By Linda on 27-09-2016

    Non-member price: $25.76

    • The Ruth Rendell BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Oona Beeson, Jamie Glover, Peter Wingfield, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Full-cast dramatisations of seven of Ruth Rendell's tense psychological thrillers. This collection includes The Bridesmaid, Going Wrong, King Solomon’s Carpet, People Don’t Do Such Things, The Fever Tree, The Dreadful Day of Judgment and Thornapple. Among the casts of these seven suspenseful adaptations are Jamie Glover, Mark Strong, Reece Shearsmith, Paul Rhys, Danny Sapani and Juliet Aubrey. 

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • The Keys to the Street

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Mary Jago had donated her own bone marrow to save the life of someone she didn’t know. And this generous act led directly to the bitter break-up of her affair with Alistair. For him, it was as though her beauty had been plundered. But the man whose life she had saved would change Mary’s life in a way she could never have imagined.

    Non-member price: $29.92

    • A Sight for Sore Eyes

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: David Threlfall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Two damaged children: Teddy Brex, whom no-one loved, and so found it easier to relate to objects or things which never let him down; and Francine Hill, who was discovered sitting by the body of her mother, her skirt red with blood. She couldn’t tell the police or her father anything to help track down the killer.... Children grow up in different ways. Teddy became a handsome young man, Francine was beautiful - a sight for sore eyes. But it was death that brought them together.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good read

    • By Emily on 12-01-2017

    Non-member price: $29.92

    • A New Lease of Death

    • An Inspector Wexford Mystery
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.

    Non-member price: $22.94

    • The Best Man to Die

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Who could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be the prelude to the murder of his close friend Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's death was only the first in a string of puzzling murders involving small-time gangsters, cheating husbands, and loose women. Now Chief Inspector Wexford and his assistant join forces with the groom to track down a killer.

    Non-member price: $22.94

    • The Rottweiler

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer 'The Rottweiler' and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very satisfying read.

    • By Sally Pardew on 05-09-2018

    Non-member price: $29.92

    • Live Flesh

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Ian Holm
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    All his life, for almost as far back as he could remember, Victor had had a phobia. In prison, inevitably, he reflected on the grotesque way it had begun, about the panics and violent anger. He asked himself, too, why the child of happily married, middle-class parents should have needed to make motiveless and unreasoning attacks on women. Holed up in that house with the girl, he had not meant to pull the trigger. It was panic.

    Non-member price: $28.10

    • Some Lie and Some Die

    • An Inspector Wexford Mystery
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    For a while the music Festival in Kingsmarkham was going well. The sun shone, the groups played and everyone - except a few angry neighbours - seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed, and a young couple made a gruesome discovery.In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, that is, until a hideously disfigured body is discovered in the nearby quarry.

    Non-member price: $25.76

    • Put on by Cunning

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Charles Kay
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Sir Manual Camargue had just announced his intention of taking a second wife, 50 years his junior. On the same cold winter's day, he died as a result of what was surely a tragic accident. But Wexford doubts that Camargue's death came by misadventure.

    Non-member price: $22.01

    • The Crocodile Bird

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Eve and Liza, Mother and Daughter, live a quiet life in their remote home; a rustic gatehouse of a country mansion. At first glance their lives appear quite ordinary, except that Liza has almost no knowledge of the outside world, has never played with a child her own age and has witnessed her mother commit murder, on multiple occasions.

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • Vanity Dies Hard

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
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    Who would have believed that Alice Whittaker’s life could change? She was 37, rich and dowdy with no career. Her life a lonely failure, she had got by with the one thing she did have - money. Then handsome Andrew Fielding came into her life and suddenly her beautiful friend Nesta vanished from it, leaving behind a trail of broken questions and confused clues. Now nothing is at is seems- and in this darker world below, anything can be done by anyone. Even murder….

    Non-member price: $8.41

    • Adam and Eve Pinch Me

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Jan Francis
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
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    Jock was supposed to have died in the Paddington train crash. Minty had received a letter from the railway company. But, curiously, the police hadn't been in touch. And Jock had gone off with all her savings. Then Jock's ghost starts reappearing to Minty: at home, at work, even in the cinema. He even touches her. Minty started to carry a knife. If he wasn't made of shadows, would he bleed?

    Non-member price: $18.22

    • The Bridesmaid & Going Wrong (Dramatised)

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Rachel Lewis, Peter Wingfield, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Love and death are the principal players in these two BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations of chilling Ruth Rendell stories. In "The Bridesmaid", when Philip embarks on an affair with Senta, his sister's bridesmaid, she reminds him of the stone statue he adored as a child. Yet Senta is married, and Philip's overwhelming aversion to violence leads indirectly to murder and horror as he is drawn into erotic but murderous complicity.

    Non-member price: $17.98

    • A Judgement in Stone

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Carole Hayman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Four members of the Coverdale family - George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles - died in the space of fifteen minutes on the 14th February, St Valentine's Day. Eunice Parchman, the housekeeper, shot them down on a Sunday evening while they were watching opera on television. Two weeks later she was arrested for the crime. But the tragedy neither began nor ended there...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loves it!

    • By YukiKp on 14-06-2015

    Non-member price: $31.37

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