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Ruth Rendell, Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter

No spoiler! Read on as I won’t discuss the plot.

I thought this was one of the better Wexford ones I’d read. My main reservation was that the characters of Joyce Virson and Augustine Casey – intended I think to give some humour and light relief – were too close to caricature.

I tend to assume that Wexford novels are set in the present, but this is one of the earliest ones and was first published 17 years ago (in 1991). Long enough ago for life to have been different in various ways – mobile phones not ubiquitous, and foreign travel not as frequent as now. What really dates it quite precisely is a reference to the poll tax!

  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (April 15, 1993)
  • ISBN-10: 0099249111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099249115
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