Ruth Rendell’s most iconic creation, Inspector Reginald Wexford, is one of the UK’s best-loved detectives. Brought to life on the television by the late George Baker, Wexford has found a new lease of life in audiobooks for MP3 downloads and an extensive collection of top quality audiobooks for CD. These superb dramas allow fans to revisit his adventures and newcomers to enjoy the enviable experience of meeting him for the first time.
George Baker described the character as “a real man with all the faults and virtues; he just happens to be a policeman.” This seems to be the key to his success. Rather than defining the central character by his job, Rendell has taken great pains to describe the man behind the badge. Part of what makes him so engaging is that Wexford often has to re-evaluate his moral and philosophical certainties in every book. As a result, there are no tried and tested formulas to follow, there are no templates. Each Wexford story is full of its own surprises and revelations as the character evolves with each case he solves.
Nicholas Anthony steps into Wexford’s well-worn shoes. Anthony is one of the UK’s most recognisable voices, having carved himself a niche in the world of BBC radio drama. If you’re wondering where you’ve heard him before, it’s possibly through the many advertising campaigns he’s fronted. However, his vocal skills are given full rein in these audiobooks, allowing him to capture the essence of each character, without it ever feeling unnatural or forced.
A New Lease of Death
Chief Inspector Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he’d ever handled on his own. There had been no mystery - Painter had done it and been hanged.£7.34 £14.69£17.20 £21.50
A Sleeping Life
The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. The grey eyes were wide and staring, and in them Detective Chief Inspector Wexford thought he saw a sardonic gleam. But that must...£17.20 £21.50
An Unkindness of Ravens
Reader: Michael Bryant
Ravens are not particularly predatory birds, but neither are they soft and submissive. The collective noun for them is an ‘unkindness’...The raven is a symbol used by a feminist group whose...£8.59 £17.19£22.50
From Doon with Death
The First Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery.
Love and death – the only two sensational things that had ever happened to Margaret Parsons. The police knew all about her life and, by...£11.83 £21.50
Shake Hands Forever
This case is proving a difficult one for Chief Inspector Wexford. All he has to go on are his own intuitive suspicions. Was he becoming cynical and untrusting or was this one of the most ingenious...£7.34 £14.69£21.50
A Guilty Thing Surprised
The Nightingales were always a very happy couple. But someone had reason to quarrel with Elizabeth. Someone who was alone with her in the woods on a dark September night. Someone who loved or...£6.74 £13.49£17.20 £21.50
Murder Being Once Done
In a gloomy London cemetery a girl is found murdered – a girl with a name that isn’t hers, a girl with no friends, no possessions and no past. It shouldn’t have been a case for Detective...£21.50
End in Tears
A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a small stone bridge over a quiet road kills the wrong person. The driver behind is spared. But only for a while...It is impossible for Chief...£5.99 £19.69£5.99 £15.99
Put on by Cunning
Sir Manuel Carmargue, one of the greatest flautists of his time, was dead. Misadventure: an old man, ankle-deep in snow, he lost his foothold in the dark, slipping into the water to be trapped...£17.20 £21.50
On the day Lizzie came back from the dead, the police and her family had already begun to search for her body. She had been missing for three days. A short while later, another young woman...£19.60 £24.50
Not in the Flesh
Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury – a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed, has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped...£6.99 £18.49£15.00 £22.50
Kissing the Gunner's Daughter
Sergeant Caleb Martin of Kingsmarkham CID had no idea just how terminally unlucky Friday 13th May would prove. Even alive, he could have had no inkling of the chain of bloody events that would...£18.80 £23.50