Wexford An Omnibus
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From Doon with Death. From Doon with Death is Ruth Rendell's introduction of Inspector Reg Wexford, sidekick Sgt. Burden and the town of Kingsmarkam. All in all, it's a very good detective story with indications of the darker directions that Rendell would take the Wexford series and other books in subsequent years.
Chief Inspector Wexford investigates the death of a non-conformist lay preacher in a small Sussex town. The police knew all about Margaret Parsons - a religious, old-fashioned and respectable woman, as unexciting and dependable as her marriage. It wasn't her life that interested Wexford - it was her violent, passionate death. When Margaret Parsons disappears, Inspector Burden tries to reassure her frantic husband that she will be back by morning. Privately, though, he is certain Margaret has run off with another man. Then the missing woman's body is found, strangled and abandoned in a nearby wood. When Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home, a startling discovery leads everyone to question just who Margaret Parsons really was.
A New Lease of Death. aka Sins of the Fathers is the second book in the Wexford series. It was a brutal, vicious crime -- sixteen years old. A helpless old woman battered to death with an axe. Harry Painter hung for it, and Chief Inspector Wexford is certain they executed the right man. But Reverend Archery has doubts . . . because his son wants to marry the murderer's beautiful, brilliant daughter. He begins unravelling the past, only to discover that murder breeds murder -- and often conceals even deeper secrets . . .
The Best Man to Die is the fourth book in the Chief Inspector Wexford series. The fatal car accident involving the stockbroker Fanshawe couldn't possibly be connected with the murder of a cocky little lorry driver. But was it a coincidence that the latter died the day after Mrs Fanshawe regained consciousness?