CRIME

No Man’s Nightingal­e

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Ruth Ren­dell, Hutchin­son, $32.95

The great Bri­tish crime author’s new Wex­ford novel is like putting on comfy slip­pers and a dress­ing gown and set­tling down in front of the fire for a re­lax­ing, re­li­able and mostly pre­dictable read. Still not re­ally en­joy­ing re­tire­ment, Reg is de­lighted to be called on again in his un­paid con­sult­ing ca­pac­ity when the lo­cal vicar is mur­dered. Poor Sarah Hus­sain fought an up­hill bat­tle in Kings­markham – a fe­male priest(!) of In­dian de­scent(!!) and sin­gle mother of a teenage daugh­ter(!!!). Coin­ci­den­tally, the Wex­fords and the late Rev­erend shared a cleaner, the most gar­ru­lous, nosey gos­sip­mon­ger in town, so Reg is al­ready one up on his for­mer col­leagues. Then the be­reaved daugh­ter starts dat­ing his grand­son...

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