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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy buyer
Loved this book, which is a kind of sequel. You can't really go wrong with Rendell alias Barbara Vine. Arrived in timely fashion and in good shape - exactly as advertised. Also, the price and shipping were very reasonable!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Wexford walks into retirement
In 2009, the Telegraph newspaper reported that Ruth Rendell didn't want to write any more Inspector Wexford novels after The Monster in the Box. I was worried about reading The Monster in the Box, thinking that if Rendell was tired of Wexford, it might show in the book. But the book was a truly enjoyable wrap-up to the series, with Wexford tackling a case that took him...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy buyer, Feb. 3 2014
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Loved this book, which is a kind of sequel. You can't really go wrong with Rendell alias Barbara Vine. Arrived in timely fashion and in good shape - exactly as advertised. Also, the price and shipping were very reasonable!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Late to the Wexford part, but enjoyed it., Nov. 26 2012
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L. J. Roberts (Oakland, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
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First Sentence: A curious world we live in,” said Franklin Merton, “where one can afford a house but not a picture of a house.”

While I loved that Rendell opened the story by providing the history of a house involved in the crime, there was one section which, had her writing been less good, would have made the book a wallbanger for me. However, I quickly moved past that feeling and felt that first chapter was a corker.

Her style struck me as a bit simplistic, in the beginning, but I quickly moved past that as well. I loved all the literary references and Wexford’s comment of how nice it would be to be an fictional detective…”I’m an amateur detective now but I haven’t got Lord Peter’s right of entry into a suspect’s home or a right to question him or her.” I enjoyed the look at his personal life; the relationship with his family at a point of crisis.

I enjoyed the mystery but did feel finding the clues relied a big heavily on coincidence, one of which even the character acknowledged, which was nice. I read a non-Wexford a long time ago and hated it. I’m happy to say, this may have changed my attitude to where I would think of reading another in this series.

THE VAULT (Pol Prod-Inspec. Wexfield (Ret)-England-Contemp) – G+
Rendell, Ruth
Scribner, 2011
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4.0 out of 5 stars Retired Reg Wexford Still Solves Crimes, Sept. 25 2011
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Alison S. Coad (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Ruth Rendell's latest, "The Vault," is a sequel of sorts to 1998's "A Sight for Sore Eyes," but it isn't necessary to have read the latter before enjoying the former. Here, Chief Inspector Wexford has retired at long last, and he and Dora are splitting their time between staying in the London carriage house owned by actress daugher Sheila and their own home in Kingsmarkham, near their social worker daughter Sylvia. Although he has much to fill his time, Wexford finds that he misses police work, and when four bodies are discovered in the semi-concealed coal cellar of a famous house, he is happy to lend his assistance to Detective Superintendent Tom Ede, a rather stuffy but competent policeman. Three of the bodies had apparently been placed in the cellar some 12 years earlier, but the fourth is a more recent addition, not more than two years old, and the question becomes whether the same person killed all four, and who exactly those four were in life. In the meantime, daughter Sylvia is attacked, and finding out what happened there becomes far more important to Wexford, for a time at least.... It's always a treat to read a new Ruth Rendell novel, and it's especially nice to find Wexford back again, after readers had been led to believe that she was finished with writing about him. Having him a retired person now provides Rendell with different angles in which to present his personality and capacities, and I hope she continues with this much-loved character well into the future. The tale itself is not as gripping as some of her novels are, but it nevertheless held my interest and even fooled me at the end! Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Wexford walks into retirement, Sept. 5 2011
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In 2009, the Telegraph newspaper reported that Ruth Rendell didn't want to write any more Inspector Wexford novels after The Monster in the Box. I was worried about reading The Monster in the Box, thinking that if Rendell was tired of Wexford, it might show in the book. But the book was a truly enjoyable wrap-up to the series, with Wexford tackling a case that took him back to his earliest days in the police force, and his mixed-up personal life at that time.

Though Rendell's editor denied the Telegraph report of the end of Wexford, it was still a surprise to hear this year that there would be a new Wexford novel. The Vault finds Wexford retired and splitting his time, with his wife Dora, between their longtime home in Kingsmarkham and the coach house of their actress daughter's upmarket home in London. Retirement is good for Wexford's physical health, as he spends hours a day taking long walks in the city, but he finds himself at loose ends without his detective work. He's relieved when Tom Ede of London's Metropolitan Police, an old acquaintance, asks him to provide consulting assistance in the investigation of four long-dead bodies found down an ancient coal-hole on the grounds of a fine house in quiet St. John's Wood.

The Vault is a sequel of sorts to one of Rendell's non-Wexford suspense novels, A Sight for Sore Eyes. There is no need to have read A Sight for Sore Eyes to follow The Vault, but it adds interest. And added interest is a good thing to have in this case. The Vault is not a bad book, but it lacks sparkle, is sometimes plodding and just not quite up to Rendell's usual standard.

With a couple of exceptions, the various witnesses and suspects are so one-dimensional that it's difficult to keep them straight. The secondary story strand, about Wexford and Dora's Kingsmarkham daughter, Sylvia, is somehow lurid and dull at the same time. The editing could use some work too. Yearly dates are given as, for example, twenty-oh-six, two thousand six, and 2006. A long paragraph on the first page of the book is unclear and I needed to re-read it a couple of times to be sure I had it straight. But there were some interesting observations on Wexford's new role as a consulting detective; someone who has no official standing, and how it affects his interactions with interviewees and the police.

I was glad to spend time again with Inspector Wexford and hope to read more in the series. Wexford's unofficial role presents some new possibilities that I hope Rendell will explore. I just hope that next time around, the book is more up to the series' usual standard. If you haven't read any Inspector Wexford books, this isn't the book to start with. That would be the first in the series, From Doon With Death. Alternatively, The Monster In the Box can be read as a standalone.
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