A Guilty Thing Surprised (Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries) by Ruth Rendell

By Ruth Rendell

Elizabeth Nightingale came upon peace and calmness on her nightly walks in the course of the wealthy, dense forests surrounding Myfleet Manor. however the peace she valuable was once shattered one evening while she came upon loss of life ready within the woods. leader Inspector Wexford and his colleague Inspector Burden discover a such a lot unsavory case on their arms -- and needs to use all their wit and knowledge to unravel it . . .

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Wexford tramped across to the bathroom where he found Burden looking at his watch. ’ Wexford shook his head. ’ ‘You mean the first one was a real cleaning-up operation? ’ ‘We’ll check the laundry with Mrs Cantrip. ’ The dead woman’s bedroom was papered in lilac and silver, a pattern of rosebuds and blown roses which was repeated identically in the satin of the curtains. Between the two windows stood a triple-mirrored dressing table, its legs skirted in white tulle. The bed was white too, huge and smooth, flanked on either side by white fur rugs like patches of snow on the emerald field of carpet.

He teaches Latin and Greek. ’ ‘Oh, nothing,’said Burden. It was a red-brick house, built during the reign of Queen Anne, and it had an air of crouching close above the road, its windows Argus eyes that gazed down over the village, its footings embowered in thick green shrubs which rustled in the wind. Burden parked his car behind the bigger official one Wexford had arrived in, pushed open the wyvern gates and mounted the steps to the front door. Detective Sergeant Martin opened it before he had a chance to ring the bell.

I reckon he’s proud of having an author in the family. ’ Tipping the cream into a bowl, Katjc said, ‘Mrs Nightingale is not liking him at all. Every day in the holidays he is working up there and never, not once, Mrs Nightingale is going to see him. ’ ‘Maybe he’s not easy to like,’ said Mrs Cantrip. ‘You can depend on it, if there’s a quarrel-and I’m not saying there is, mind-it’s not Madam’s fault. He’s got a very funny manner with him, has Mr Villiers. A nasty temper, like sarcastic. Between you and me, Catcher, I wouldn’t be too happy if I had a boy at that school where he teaches.

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