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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Unabridged edition (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754087514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754087519
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 535 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Format: Hardcover
"The Babes in the Wood," the latest Inspector Wexford mystery, is a welcomed addition to
the famed Ruth Rendell police procedural series set in England.
Three people have disappeared with few traces. Due to the heavy rains the area of
Kingsmarkam is literally inundated, and it is first assumed, by some, that the three, Joanna Troy,
the baby sittter, and Giles and Sophie Dade, have simply drowned. Of course, Rendell wouldn't
have it so simple and neither would her Inspector. Before long the proverbial body is found and it's
Joanna.
Now the hunt begins for Wexford. Where are the two kids (Giles 15 and Sophie 13)?

Motives for their harm abound. The scene becomes quite complex.
Rendell is simply great with her series; her combination of strong central characters
(Wexford, his family, and Mike Burden, his assistant), a riveting story line, and the usual
outstanding interplay between the characters, the plot, and setting make "Babes in the Wood" a
comfortable companion to the others in this series.
Her fans know that, barring some great literary upheaval, Wexford "will out." The murder
will be solved--this is a given. The author, like others in this genre, most notably P.D. James,
Martha Grimes, and Donna Leon, concentrates on the strength of her central character: his
wisdom and savvy, his personal and internal struggles, his depth of perception, his abilities simly to
solve the case. In addition, Rendell does not hesitate to foray into sensitive and socially significant
issues (spousal and child abuse, racism). Each of her books is an adventure alone, but as the series
progressed the complete picture of a complex and gentle man emerges.
"Babes in the Wood" joints smartly in this stellar series. Wexford, once again, triumphs.
(Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
Shakespearean trained actor Nigel Anthony gives noteworthy voice to the crusty and sometimes cranky Inspector Wexford in this aptly named mystery by the celebrated Ruth Rendell.
The scene is Sussex during a torrential rain. Atmospheric? Of course. Add to this the mysterious disappearance of two teenagers. The pair, as well as the sitter who was staying with them for the weekend, have evidently vanished into thin air.
Some may assume that the trio have drowned in the rising waters. However, the sitter's body is later found alone in the car. There is not a trace of or a clue to the whereabouts of the sister and brother. Since they were not in the car their parents, of course, cling to the hope that they're still alive.
As she always does, author Rendell thoroughly probes the psyches of her characters, giving listeners an entertaining and powerful listening experience.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
Shakespearean trained actor Nigel Anthony gives noteworthy voice to the crusty and sometimes cranky Inspector Wexford in this aptly named mystery by the celebrated Ruth Rendell.
The scene is Sussex during a torrential rain. Atmospheric? Of course. Add to this the mysterious disappearance of two teenagers. The pair, as well as the sitter who was staying with them for the weekend, have evidently vanished into thin air.
Some may assume that the trio have drowned in the rising waters. However, the sitter's body is later found alone in the car. There is not a trace of or a clue to the whereabouts of the sister and brother. Since they were not in the car their parents, of course, cling to the hope that they're still alive.
As she always does, author Rendell thoroughly probes the psyches of her characters, giving listeners an entertaining and powerful listening experience.
- Gail Cooke
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