From Doon with Death
The first Wexford novel published by John Long in 1964
The trampled grass led to the body of Margaret Parsons. With no useful clues and a victim known only for her mundane life, Chief Inspector Wexford is baffled until he discovers Margaret’s dark secret - a collection of rare books, each inscribed from a secret lover and signed only as ‘Doon’.
Who is Doon? And could the answer hold the key to Wexford solving his first case?
The verses at the beginning of each chapter and the inscriptions in Minna’s books appear in The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.
Melvyn Bragg interviews Ruth Rendell for The Southbank Show in 2004.
Midhurst in Sussex is the original inspiration for the fictional market town of Kingsmarkham.
Adapted for TV by George Baker in 1991.
Contemporary Reads 2
Hillary Waugh - The Missing Man
Georges Simenon - Maigret and the Ghost
Patricia Highsmith- The Two Faces of January
Agatha Christie - A Caribbean Mystery
Iris Murdoch - The Italian Girl
Celia Fremlin - The Jealous One
Essay on Inspector Wexford Penguin Books. ↩︎
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