Tuesday, December 21, 2010

From Doon With Death (1964)

Ruth Rendell's first published mystery, and also the first Inspector Wexford. It's excellent, and really goes to show that sometimes a good mystery novel only needs one good idea. In this case, the key to the murder of a local dowdy woman seems to be a trunkful of books, all inscribed to her by the mysterious Doon. The ending is relatively surprising now but must have been downright shocking in 1964.

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