By Ruth Rendell
Leader Inspector Wexford reveals not anything strange within the disappearance of Rodney Williams, a husband and father who most likely has run off with one other lady. but if the man's motor vehicle and suitcase are found deserted, can a physique be a ways at the back of? Confounded through a string of violent stabbings, a strident schoolgirl clique, and the possible placid domesticity of his acquaintances, Wexford's detective instincts needs to take flight with a purpose to carry down a murderer.
With a prepared wit or even sharper plot, Rendell weaves a suspenseful net of ever-tangling secrets and techniques, double-crosses, and double-lives.
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Perfection,” he declared. The old woman’s wrinkled face was instantly wreathed in smiles, and she departed the room in triumph, leaving Hallard and Crowley to serve the duke’s guests. “She does it every night,” Susannah commented to Emma. ” She turned her gaze to the foot of the table. “But, then, so much about Penford Hall has a feudal air. ” Emma flinched, but Kate Cole merely nodded complacently. “It is,” Kate agreed. “I feel quite privileged whenever the Reverend and Mrs. Shuttleworth invite me to dine with them at the rectory in Penford Harbor.
The evening had turned out well enough, in the end. The duke had proved to be a gifted pianist, and Susannah, deprived of the spotlight, had retired early, taking Syd and a good deal of tension with her. S. Pinafore. Still, Derek had never really shaken off the morose mood that had seized him at supper. He’d sipped his champagne and listened attentively to the music, but he’d said very little and smiled even less. What had set him off, Emma wondered. Had he, too, known Lex Rex? Had the discussion of the rock singer’s death reopened an old wound?
Warmed by his touch, mesmerized by the light in his brown eyes, she felt her self-doubt melt away. At that moment, she would have followed Grayson to the ends of the earth. “Well,” she began, a bit breathlessly, “if you’re sure…” “I’m sure,” said the duke, raising her hands to his lips, then releasing them with a radiant smile. With a fluttering heart, Emma folded her hands in her lap. She felt as though she’d been seduced in public, but, oddly enough, she didn’t seem to care. Plans began to take shape in her mind, and they kept her in a pleasantly preoccupied haze until the warm cappuccino soufflé was served, when the words “Lex Rex” pulled her sharply back to earth.