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No More Dying Then summary No More Dying Then, series No More Dying Then, book No More Dying Then, pdf No More Dying Then, No More Dying Then 16832c5ce0 What Kind Of A Person Would Kidnap Two Children That Is The Question That Haunts Wexford When A Five Year Old Boy And A Twelve Year Old Girl Disappear From The Village Of Kingsmarkham When A Child S Body Turns Up At An Abandoned Country Home One Search Turns Into A Murder Investigation And The Other Turns Into A Race Against Time Filled With Pathos And Terror, Passion, Bitterness, And Loss, No More Dying Then Is Rendell At Her Most Chillingly AstuteWith Her Inspector Wexford Novels, Ruth Rendell, Winner Of The Mystery Writers Of America Grand Master Award, Has Added Layers Of Depth, Realism And Unease To The Classic English Mystery For The Canny, Tireless, And Unflappable Policeman Is An Unblinking Observer Of Human Nature, Whose Study Has Taught Him That Under Certain Circumstances The Most Unlikely People Are Capable Of The Most Appalling Crimes

10 thoughts on “No More Dying Then

  1. says:

    The most difficult, uncharacteristic Wexford novel thus far doesn t necessarily have the most successful mystery, but its risky and ambitious character work makes up for that.Mike Burden s beloved wife has died unexpectedly before the start of this novel, and Burden, usually a buttoned up, polite, tirelessly engaged man, has responded to this situation by becoming a total asshole That s a decision of Rendell s that I m impressed with, because she really doesn t stint on how angrily and harmfully Burden responds to his grief Often, mystery series protagonists have fake flaws they re alcoholics who never hurt or disappoint anyone they have serial divorces in their past but somehow are always faithful, understanding partners in the present and I like that Burden is allowed to behave in a genuinely ugly manner here He s neglectful of his children, he takes advantage of his sister in law s help, he s rude and aggressive, he s fiercely jealous of attention, and, to top it all off, Rendell is explicit that part of his pain, at this point about ten months after his wife s death isn t just grief Rather, the prudish Burden had had an extremely healthy, enthusiastic sex life within his marriage, and now he s going out of his mind with erotic frustration It is, in short, either the best or the worst time for him to run into the attractive, Bohemian mother of a missing boy.A missing boy is in fact what we have here, in a case that everyone finds eerily similar to the recent unsolved disappearance of a young girl Wexford remains suspicious of the girl s stepfather, a charming, drift through life, carelessly selfish never do well named Swan, and that suspicion leads him back into the past to the death of a third child The case is well balanced, with Wexford s investigation proceeding methodically while Burden s is feverish and slipshod but occasionally almost hauntingly productive It s like if someone mashed up Tana French s mental breakdown mystery novel In the Woods with something much down to earth The contrast works, especially since Rendell has spent several volumes now building up the laidback warmth between Wexford and Burden, earning both the blow up and the reconciliation they have here The room was very still Soon I must lift my head, Burden thought, and take away my hands and see his derision He didn t move except to press his fingers harder against his eyes Then he felt Wexford s heavy hand on his shoulder Mike, my dear old friend It s Rendell s commitment to how bad things can get that makes the forgiveness of them, both here in and with Mike s sister in law, land Even though the mysteries here are good, the heart of this novel is the worst time of a good man s life.

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    Ahah An Inspector Wexford book I really liked The good inspector and his associate, Mike Burden, really have a challenging case this time Someone has just kidnapped a little boy someone else kidnapped a young girl a short while ago Are the cases connected Is someone in their small village abducting children, and if so, why are all the police s leads leading nowhere Meanwhile Mike Burden is going through a crisis of conscience, of emotions, of family, and all due to the fact that he is suddenly, and tragically a widower Not a spoiler this happens off scene before the book starts Mike is than totally bereft he is lost, anchorless, a complete misery walking When he becomes involved with the mother of the missing child, however, all bets are off and the once prudish, highly opinionated and somewhat bigoted Burden becomes a different man as his interest in the woman turns into an obsession Wexford is left to go it alone as Mike s need for this woman begins to threaten the investigation, his job and his family But, I m getting into spoiler territory here There are several interesting characters to spice up the plot a lot of weird settings including the remains of a mansion which burned down during WW1 I thought I had it figured out I thought I knew where this was all going I was totally and utterly wrong, and yet this is one of those mysteries where the reader is going to say, OMG, should have seen that coming But didn t I read this in a little over a day Compelling and insightful, this is a mature mystery than some of Rendell s early works I thoroughly enjoyed this one, but chopped off one star because of the behavior of one character who seemed to me to be a little off In other words, he or she seems to act out of character But then we all do that from time to time, don t we

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    Engrossing book with an unconvincing ending

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    I ve often said that I enjoy mystery series because the long character arcs allows the writer to do interesting things to bring about growth in the characters Well, did Rendell do something interesting with Burden in this installment of the Inspector Wexford series A 5 year old boy is reported missing and soon, Wexford is reminded of Stella Rivers, a 12 year old girl who disappeared a year ago She has never been found To make matters worse, Wexford is investigating all alone, because Burden is awol mentally, at least.Burden s beloved wife, Jean, contracted cancer and died, leaving him with two children to raise Jean s sister, Grace, has given up her nursing job to take care of the household and Pat and John Burden, meanwhile, is not simply grieving he is an angry, raving MESS He won t stay at home and he can t concentrate on work Wexford tries to talk to him, but Burden snaps at him.Burden s biggest problem is unfulfilled sexual desire His strict moral code won t allow him to hire a prostitute or pick up a woman for a one night stand But when he is interviewing Gemma, the mother of the missing boy, something happens he notices she is beautiful in a blowsy, bohemian way Grateful for his help, Gemma kisses him and that simple kiss turns into one of passion, and soon, a full blown affair.Now wracked with guilt, Burden behaves worse than ever He seldom goes home He goes to work, but stares through everyone Only with Gemma can he find any peace Because he is having sex with her, Burden immediately proposes marriage, not taking the time to consider they have nothing in common, and that their life philosophies are completely different.Rendell s treatment of Burden s character here is simply masterful The one complaint I have is the ending

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    As a brief St Luke s Little Summer in mid October gives the village of Kingsmarhkam a respite from the coming winter, Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford and his colleague Mike Burden are caught up in the case of a young boy gone missing But in this most puzzling and potentially heart rending investigation, when Wexford most needs his trusted right hand man, Burden keeps going strangely missing himself Even when he s around the police station, he s not there, not really He s angry, morose not at all himself.In fact, Burden is deeply in mourning for his wife, Jean, who as the novel opens has died of cancer a few months previously His world has literally been shattered Jean s sister, Grace, is at his house, helping care for him and his two children But Burden is angry, confused, grief stricken He takes Grace s assistance and her child care for granted, never seeming to realize how much she does for them or the personal career sacrifice she s made in order to care for all three of them His life is empty and Burden can no longer see how to move forward without the one woman he s loved for so long.So when he meets the missing boy s mother, Gemma, and sees how completely unlike she is to Jean, Burden s repressed sexual urges and need for love nearly send him out of his mind, making him act in quite an unprofessional way He s so vulnerable and we feel pity for him, yet know he can no deny what is between himself and the anxious mother of the missing boy than he could the need to eat or sleep He s never met anyone like her and he can t stop himself In a way, they are each grieving and become each other s comfort.So Burden is about to learn some things about life, about love, about loss and parting But meanwhile, his family is drawing further away from him and, if his job performance doesn t perk up, likely he ll lose that, too.Meanwhile, Wexford continues to investigate both the current case and the one it increasingly appears tied to, the previous murder of a little girl some months before that, until now, has gone unsolved Could the two events be connected Wexford must find out either with Burden, or without him.By this novel in Rendell s Wexford series, both Wexford and Burden are becoming rounded, intriguing characters We re getting to know them much better as people, outside the police station and the cases in which they are involved Her characters are growing and that includes the side characters, the other cop shop residents, the coroner who is also Wexford s doctor and the members of as each man s family I especially love the instances of humor Rendell injects into her characters, with Wexford tossing off quotes by Shakespeare and references to George Eliot and Burden completely missing the point of what Wexford has said let alone who said it.I can t wait to read of these two and highly recommend anyone interested to start with the first novel in the series, From Doon With Death.

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    Read again 01 02 17 for maze mystery discussion group Even though I loved this book a year ago, I had forgotten the specifics completely It was still good and perhaps enhanced by recognizing some old characters from former titles in the series OK, so why did someone not put me on to Ruth Rendell earlier It took her death a few months ago for me to read her first Inspector Wexford mystery and now this one is even better than that The setting is a small English town, but not so provincial as St Mary Mead Wexford is a great detective and puts together the clues well once they all come to him This is a complicated story of two child kidnappings than six months apart which come together in the search for suspects The interaction between Wexford and his next in command Burden is wonderful, even when it is strained as in this story I will go on to read of these in order this time.

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    I have read several of these Inspector Wexford books This one is particularly good A 4 year old boy has disappeared outside his own house while playing with others in the neighborhood This after a 12 year old girl had disappeared months earlier and had never been found Instead of just being a police procedural about finding the links in the cases and solving the mystery, this story focuses especially on Wexford s right hand man, Inspector Burden Burden s wife has died of cancer and he is not coping His sister in law has put her life on hold to come care for Burden s 2 children, but he is treating her like a servant and completely ignoring his children He is so miserable his work is suffering Then he meets the exotic, bohemian mother of the missing boy So begins a torrid affair that threatens to sweep Burden over the cliff emotionally Wexford solves the case without the help of his friend Burden I found the story compelling and interesting because the dual tales.

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    Finally I don t know what has kept me coming back to this series, but I m glad I held on Perhaps it was the strength of the later, stand alone novels I d read of Rendell s, but this series had so many problems in the first five volumes What made the difference Two things characters, and technology.Primarily, this series is about what all good series hold on a sec, maybe I m jumping the gun on good for the Wexford series are the characters What has been odd at times is the focus Rendell places on Burden, the nudge winkingly named understudy of the titular Wexford who seems to be so much interesting to the author Yet, the books are a part of the Wexford series Still, I m starting to see what she s doing now, even if she wasn t aware of it in the beginning Much like Doyle s detective, these stories are really about Burden, much as the Holmes stories are about Watson Really, they are Wexford comes in to make the intuitive leap Holmes never really deduces anything he s really all about inductive reasoning and the human drama centers around Burden, who in this novel is still grieving the loss of his wife, who apparently died in between books The focus on Burden becomes necessary because Rendell s made Wexford too perfect the worst you can say about him is he can be a bit prickly Burden, who is so stoic and conservative in the earlier novels, here reveals a vulnerability, even a recklessness, that while not Rebus in nature by any stretch, gives us a chance to see a dimensional character Finally I m still digesting, but it seems as though Rendell has created at least in this novel, but it seems to be pointing in a particular direction we ll see how it goes Wexford as a comic foil to Burden s pathos.The second thing that makes this book so much better is a minor thing, but it goes far in correcting a near fatal error for me Rendell largely avoids technology More than anything else, technology can date a story, and in the earlier books Rendell clearly, obviously, places her stories in the 60s I kid you not, the installation of an elevator plays centrally in the previous novel as an intruding, unwanted advancement, and the novel instantly becomes a period piece as a result This novel No technology It could have happened almost at any time It almost makes up for the fact that Wexford is a grandfather in this book and, 40 years later is newly retired How old is this guy OK, rambling This is a welcome change, and I can only hope it is a trend going forward We ll see tonight

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    Read by Robin BaileyTotal Runtime 6 Hours 43 MinsDescription This novel deals with the disappearance of a small boy Six months earlier, a twelve year old girl disappeared in the same vicinity, and was never found So the two events terrify the community and galvanize Chief Wexford and his deputy Burden into action At the same time, Burden is having a very hard time dealing with the loss of his wife to cancer about nine months earlier In fact, the secondary plot of Burden s emotional struggles almost overshadows the mystery itself Rendell handles both sides of her story with smooth professional polish The plotting is believable and skillful, the writing is excellent, the characterizations are insightful. This is the one with the missing small boy, and we learn about Burden s sad widower status.3 From Doon With Death Inspector Wexford, 1 3 A New Lease of Death Inspector Wexford, 2 3 Wolf to the Slaughter Inspector Wexford, 3 2 The Best Man to Die Inspector Wexford, 4 3 A Guilty Thing Suprised 53 No More Dying Then Inspector Wexford, 6 3 Murder Being Once Done Inspector Wexford, 7 3 Not in the Flesh Inspector Wexford, 21 2 The Vault Inspector Wexford, 23

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    Let the shelf speaks for itself.Really How many ways can you spell boring and recycled as carbons The crime is damnably vanilla Kid napping, in the strictest sense of the word Just when you thought that you definitely cannot invest time in this book and decided to read it intermittently, you then realized, aghast, that alas, this book features the one and inimitable English Puritan distilled and personified, our very own walking skeleton Michael Burden.Jeez I cannot sympathize with him He is a copper in his prime age with a very ancient, unforgiving mind who refuses to fathom and understand human flaws Even his superior, who is maybe 20 years older, is flexible It is rare that a suffering character does not elicit sympathy, but Mike Burden manages to do so He is so unlikable I cannot help but secretly crow with muted delight that he, he, he, our sainted, holiest than thou policeman, is being shoved forcibly into a situation where he can see his true nature, which is ugly I had deemed this book boring based on the crime I then decided afterwards that this book is unsalvageable judging from the character Rendell chose to put in the limelight.

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