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No Man’s Nightingale:

An Inspector Wexford Novel

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A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When called on by his old deputy, detective inspector Mike Burden, Wexford, intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators.

A single mother to a teenage girl, Hussein was a woman working in a male-dominated profession. Moreover, she was of mixed race and working to modernize the church. Could racism or sexism have played a factor in her murder?

As Wexford searches the Vicar’s house, he sees a book on her bedside table. Inside the book is a letter serving as a bookmark. Without thinking much, Wexford puts it into his pocket. Wexford soon realizes he has made a grave error in removing a piece of valuable evidence from the scene without telling anybody. Yet what he finds inside begins to illuminate the murky past of Hussein. Is there more to her than meets the eye?

Editorial Reviews

“More philosophical? I’d say so. Mellow? Not on your life.”

New York Times

“Rendell unspools an entertaining cast of characters…Lovely touches of detail…Best of all for Wexford fans, the book affords some terrific moments between the retired sleuth and [Detective Superintendent Mike] Burden.”

Boston Globe

“I’m happy to report that Ruth Rendell’s No Man’s Nightingale is as absorbing and rewarding as her other Inspector Wexford novels…Supporting characters stand out. So does Rendell’s typically clear-eyed examination of a vexing social issue: in this case it’s racism.”

Seattle Times

“Ruth Rendell outdoes herself in No Man’s Nightingale, her 24th Inspector Wexford novel. In this tangled and labyrinthine book, she tackles social problems as well as solves the murder of a prominent woman in the community…Rendell doesn’t let her fans down.”

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Author Biography

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) wrote more than sixty novels in a career spanning fifty years. She won numerous awards for her writing, including three Edgars—the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America—as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. She was also the winner of the MWA Grand Master Award. A longtime member of the House of Lords, she lived in London.

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Reader Biography

Nigel Anthony has appeared many times on television in series such as Casualty and Coronation Street, while on the stage he has appeared in Sick Dictators and Ghosts and has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and the RSC. However, he is best known for his extensive broadcasts for BBC radio as a leading actor and numerous narrations.

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