The Monster in the Box (Inspector Wexford, Book 22)

by Ruth Rendell | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1439150370 Global Overview for this book
Registered by merope33 on 1/27/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by merope33 on Saturday, January 27, 2018
I don't even know where to start with this book. Rendell is not my favorite mystery author; I keep giving her chances and keep being slightly disappointed. This story has an interesting premise. Inspector Wexford's first murder went unsolved. He had a suspect (based entirely on intuition) but could never prove anything against him. Now, decades later, the same man is back in the neighborhood and people are dying and Wexford is once again convinced with no evidence that this man is the murderer. Vast sections of the book are taken up with a pointless subplot involving egregious anti-Muslim prejudice that is literally painful to read, either because Rendell actually does not like Muslims or because she is bending over backward to make her characters that don't like Muslims obviously horrid in some round about way of convincing us the she herself is not prejudiced against Muslims. If so, in the effort to prove her tolerance she basically hits on every Islam-related stereotype she can dredge up. The Muslim subplot is unconvincingly wrapped into the main story at the end and the whole thing leaves a bad taste behind it.

releasing later today to the LFL

Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, January 27, 2018
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*** The 2018 4 Elements Release Challenge hosted by Firegirl. The author's name contains the word DELL.

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