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    • Thirteen Steps Down

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an S rather than a C) is superstitious about the number 13 and has always felt dogged by ill-luck. In the house where he lives, there are 13 steps down to the landing below his rooms. His landlady lives her life almost exclusively through her library, blind to the neglect and decay around her. However, Mix is obsessed with the life of the notorious John Christie, who lived in the same Notting Hill neighbourhood at 10 Rillington Place.

    Regular price: $29.92

    • 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
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      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

    Regular price: $21.06

    • Talking to Strange Men

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections - it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but these agents are only schoolboys engaged in harmless play. Not that John Creevey knows this. To him, the messages he decodes with painstaking care are the communications of dangerous and evil men, and as he comes face to face with the fact of his beloved wife Jennifer's defection, he begins to see a way to get back at the man she left him for.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unexpected and suspenseful.

    • By oceanjasper on 22-01-2017

    Regular price: $29.51

    • 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
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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.

    Regular price: $42.54

    • 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
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      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.

    Regular price: $22.94

    • 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
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      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.

    Regular price: $26.84

    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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

    Regular price: $25.76

    • 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
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      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.

    Regular price: $29.92

    • Murder Being Once Done

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The death of an unknown girl in a London cemetery shouldn't have been a case for Wexford, but it proved to be one of the most macabre of his career.

    Regular price: $20.21

    • The Crocodile Bird

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

    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.

    Regular price: $30.74

    • 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
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      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

    Regular price: $29.92

    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $22.01

    • The Girl Next Door

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In the waning months of the Second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighbourhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944 – until one father forbids it – the subterranean space becomes their 'secret garden', where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A slow burner

    • By BigEars on 23-12-2014

    Regular price: $47.19

    • Simisola

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ravenscroft
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Only eighteen black people live in Kingsmarkham. One of them is Wexford's new Doctor, Raymond Akande. When the doctor's daughter, Melanie, goes missing, the Chief Inspector takes more than just a professional interest in the case. Melanie, just down from university but unable to find a job, disappeared somewhere between the Benefit Office and the bus stop. No one liked to voice the suspicion that something might have happened, that Melanie might be dead...

    Regular price: $30.74

    • 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
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      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.

    Regular price: $25.76

    • The Lake of Darkness

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    When he unexpectedly comes into a small fortune, he decides to use his newfound wealth to help out those in need. Finn also leads a quiet life, and comes into a little money of his own. Normally, their paths would never have crossed. But Martin’s ideas about who should benefit from his charitable impulses yield some unexpected results, and soon the good intentions of the one become fatally entangled with the mercenary nature of the other.

    Regular price: $30.11

    • 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.

    Regular price: $28.87

    • Dark Corners

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    A spectacularly compelling story of blackmail, murders both accidental and opportunistic, and one life’s fateful unravelling from Ruth Rendell, writing at her most acute and mesmerising. When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighbourhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one.

    Regular price: $43.70

    • A Judgement in Stone

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

    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

    Regular price: $31.37

    • Harm Done

    • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 18  (Unabridged)
    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Two young girls disappear then return home unharmed some days later. Chief Inspector Wexford is concerned about a pedophile who has been recently released back into the community but cannot foresee a series of serious crimes waiting to happen.

    Regular price: $30.74

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