No Man’s Nightingale
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...