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A New Lease of Death Audio Cassette – Jun 1998

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Word for Word Audio Books (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754075176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754075172
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 10.9 x 5.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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"One of the best novelists writing today" -- P.D. James "Ruth Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear" Sunday Times "Rendell never fails to come up trumps, and her millions of admirers will eagerly consume this offering as they have all the others" The Irish Times "Ruth Rendell's mesmerising capacity to shock, chill and disturb is unmatched" The Times "A firm grasp of social concerns ensure that her novels are reflective of our own times, as well as hugely absorbing" -- Louise Welsh The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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RUTH RENDELL has won many awards for her writing, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger, the Sunday Times Literary Award, and the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Ruth Rendell must be one of the most frustrating authors working in the mystery genre, a woman of considerable talent who seems to go out of her way to undercut her own ability. And A NEW LEASE OF DEATH is rather typical of her work: there is little in the way of plot, and what plot there is is repeatedly swamped by Rendell's determination to expose the psychology of her characters--psychology which is often far-fetched and which seldom has anything to do with anything else in the book.
As the novel begins, Chief Inspector Wexford recalls his first murder case: the ax murder of an elderly woman. Fortunately for the then-inexperienced Wexford, the case was remarkably straight-forward; the woman's handyman was obviously guilty. But now, some fifteen years later, a Vicar named Archery has requested an interview with Wexford about the case, and when he arrives he wants to know if there was even a remote possibility that the man convicted was innocent after all. When Wexford negates the idea, Archery sets off on his own to interview the various people connected with the case, hoping to prove Wexford wrong.
The premise is much more interesting than the novel itself. The book opens with no less than two full chapters of exposition--and then Rendell's oddities take over, knocking herself out to expose the psychology of her characters, whether such has any bearing on the story or not. As for the mystery itself... Rendell writes and presents the story exactly as if she were creating a murder mystery, but there is no mystery, none at all, just a series of revelations that arise through pure coincidence and lead every one to some very obvious conclusions about everything from the crime itself to the way in which their lives have been affected by it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Rendell rocks Dec 15 2012
By Arti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've been an Inspector Wexford fan for years but only recently read the first books in the series. This has proven something I always suspected, Rendell rocked from the beginning. Many authors mature and improve over time but Ruth had the goods from the very start. In this book Wexford is forced to revisit a case, his first murder in fact, that he considered closed a long time ago. You are kept guessing till the very end as to whether Wexford got it right in the first place or put away the wrong man. In the usual fashion there is plenty of psychology and little domestic details contributing to the fabric of the novel, drawing you in as you learn more about the characters and their lives. New to Rendell or an old fan, this story will not disappoint. I gave it five stars because the writing is masterful and the plot excellent, making it a crime classic in my book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A New Lease of Death Sept. 7 2013
By Damaskcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wexford is asked to meet Henry Archery who wants him to look again at the murder of Mrs Primero which happened fifteen years ago. Wexford believes the correct verdict was reached and as it was his first murder case in which he was the officer in charge he is naturally a bit prickly about it. Archery believes that the killer was wrongly convicted and sets out to prove it. In the process he opens rather too many cans of worms.

This is the second in the Wexford series and very good it is too. There is little overt violence and a great deal of interesting insights into all the characters. The psychological aspects of the murder and its effects on the people concerned are very well done and convincing. I like the police characters and the way Wexford and Burden interact.

I first read this series more than twenty years ago and it has stood the test of time very well indeed and the books bear re-reading.
already reviewed this one May 27 2013
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
a lot of blood a gore in this tale - Inspector Wexford is on the case though and solves more than the case
Three Stars July 5 2014
By William Weyandt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of Rendell's best.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
New Lease of Death =New Lease on Life May 23 2013
By Arlred - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found this book to be very engrossing as all Ruth Rendell/Inspector Wexford novels are for me. The story kept my interest throughout the book and I was surprised by the ending. I sometimes figure out these mysteries but with this one, I was convinced I knew what happened and then it turned out to be the opposite. If you like the Inspector Wexford novels, you will enjoy this one.