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  1. says:

    Read by Christopher RavenscroftTotal Runtime 10 Hours 56 Mins Description Black residents are highly visible in a small English country town like Kingsmarkham Yet Dr and Mrs Akande's daughter Melanie fresh from university but a disappointment to her career driven parents has disappeared into thin air She was last seen at the Employment Centre where she has just signed on for social assistance when she inexplicably vanished Now Inspector Wexford finds himself with an investigation complicated by Melanie's feckless boyfriend his own eye for a too pretty employment counsellor and a bizarrely incompetent burglaras well as a systematic adulterer a vengeful wife a treacly politician and a perplexing corpse The case will take Wexford from a sunny soigne garden party to the greyness of unemployment in a derelict shack and finally onto the streets Here his endless fascination with the peculiarities of human nature leads him from a volatile mix of motives and suspects straight into an explosion of snobbery sexism racism and brutal murder in blood both hot and cold Social issues are to the fore here feminism race unemployment ageism and foriegn workers3 From Doon With Death Inspector Wexford #13 A New Lease of Death Inspector Wexford #23 Wolf to the Slaughter Inspector Wexford #32 The Best Man to Die Inspector Wexford #43 A Guilty Thing Suprised #53 No More Dying Then Inspector Wexford #63 Murder Being Once Done Inspector Wexford #73 Some Lie and Some Die Inspector Wexford #83 Shake Hands Forever Inspector Wexford #93 A Sleeping Life Inspector Wexford #103 Put on by Cunning Inspector Wexford #111 Speaker of Mandarin Inspector Wexford #123 An Unkindness of Ravens Inspector Wexford #133 The Veiled One Inspector Wexford #143 Kissing the Gunner's Daughter Inspector Wexford #153 Simisola Inspector Wexford #163 Not in the Flesh Inspector Wexford #212 The Vault Inspector Wexford #23


  2. says:

    British mysteries are just so different from their US counterparts no? This one was uite interesting An investigator thinking deeply about race and racism confronting his own takn for granted racist thought patterns trying to strike a balance between avoiding stereotype and ignoring race Can't say without spoiling things for others


  3. says:

    Simisola is the 16th book in author Ruth Rendell's Inspector Reginald Wexford series published in 1994 This one is eual parts introspection on the part of Wexford and criminal investigation into crimes involving Black victimsSome others who have reviewed this story were disappointed with the social commentary that the author made central to the plot It is a diversion from her usual style in this series but it made Wexford all the human to show not only his own prejudices but also his willingness and ability to make changes in his thinking and actions once he comes to that realizationFirst a young woman goes missing from her parents' home; as the search for her continues the body of another young woman is found having been beaten to death Both women are Black living in a small community that has fewer than 20 Black individuals living there It is after the discovery of the body that Wexford experiences some of his most egregious actions; actions that bring him self discovery regret and enlightenment


  4. says:

    When Wexford's doctor's daughter goes missing Wexford is fast on the case The twist is that his doctor happens to be one of the few black people in the British town of Kingsmarkham While looking for the missing woman the bodies of two other women turn up murdered and Wexford is confronted with his own racism as well as those of the witnesses he encounters I found the writing in this book fine better than most mysteries that I read but in terms of plot it wasn't particularly suspenseful and I found some of the investigation a bit tedious


  5. says:

    Like I mentioned before that book on women crime writers made me want to read crime and so I did Simisola was one of the books analysed and it sounded really interesting so I picked it up It's an Inspector Wexford mystery to be specific it's a police procedural but I think it can be read as a standalone As for the plot that's a bit harder to describe but here goesThe daughter of Inspector Wexford's GP Melanie Akande has gone missing As Wexford investigates the body of Annette Bystock who was probably the last person to see her And then another body turns upThis is a police procedural with an intricate plot and an overarching theme Wexford is a decent man who is struggling in a world that has changed without him knowing The change being that England is no longer 99% whiteThis investigation leads him to recognise and confront his hidden prejudices while painting a bleak picture of England right now Life isn't easy for anyone and a lot of people clearly aren't coping well At times it felt like Ruth Rendell hammered in the England is racist message a bit too strongly and made it very obvious but for the most part she let the characters and the story indict themselves For example possible spoilers if you didn't read the blurb when the second body is found Inspector Wexford immediately assumed it was Melanie because the victim was black even going as far as to break the news to her parents When they realise it's not her their anger is heartbreaking and a huge moment of realisation of how unconsciously racist he is for WexfordThe only weak point of the book apart from veering dangerously close to preachy occasionally is that it'a really really complicated Perhaps my brain isn't just working but despite reading most of the book in one sitting woohoo for free days with no plans when the murderer was revealed my first reaction was who? Wexford does do a recap which I was grateful for but unlike most mysteries the reveal was confusing than de mystifyingIf you want a mystery that makes the problem of racism a part of the story you'll want to pick this book up It is a grim bleak read but it is a worthwhile one because we always need to be confronted with our hidden prejudicesThis review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile


  6. says:

    Another great Wexford book from RR Wexford is confronted with his own racism and shuttered opinion despite considering himself fairly enlightened His reflections on race the changing 'face' of Britain and racism make for thought provoking reading and sadly in many ways it's all too relevant still Contrasting to this is a commentary on what has been seen as an increasing welfare state particularly with relevance to small affluent and predominantly white rural communities Some weighty themes and a lot of time is spent on them making for a complex read There's also some further character development especially around Reg and the relationships he has with his daughtersThe mystery itself is intriguing and has a fairly unexpected denouement so much so that I couldn't actually recall the guilty party at first thankfully Wexford provides a recap A lot goes on and I have to admit that my audiobook listening may have been distracted at times Still the audiobook version I read was narrated by Christopher Ravenscroft Burden himself He does an excellent job and I wish he narrated of them as he's far natural and expressive than the usual guyMaybe one I'll come back to one day when I'm less distracted to pick apart the details


  7. says:

    As always Rendell has written a superb mystery this one about Wexford trying to determine what has become of his doctor's daughter who has gone missing Rendell also takes on very elouently race racism and social class in this book Not much has changed apparently in the nearly 25 years since it was published


  8. says:

    A real Ruth Rendell mystery with the story starting with a missing girl which develops into a murder investigation of another girl with the only link The Benefit Office Chief Inspector Wexford is in charge of the case which is filled with mystery and tension Kept me engaged and stimulated trying to link all the clues to solve the murder mystery with surprises along the way


  9. says:

    Actual rating 35This book was intended for my Mystery Fiction class but the professor was unable to find an easy way to procure copies for us; most publishers did not have it in print at the time Much later I found a copy at a used book sale and so I bought it on the strength of our professor's recommendationThinking back on the course this book would have been a perfect fit and its replacement The Laughing Policeman touches on similar themes This book's main story arc is that of Melanie Akande a young woman who is part of one of the few black families in Kingsmarkham She disappears one day but the search for her proves to be a difficult one Chief Inspector Wexford is called in to solve the case not only because it is on his turf but also because Melanie's father is his GPOver the course of the story Rendell touches on themes of race and class Wexford and others on the force deal with their own attitudes to race as they solve the case one twist in particular which I shall not give away really opens Wexford's eyes on that front Class and employment are two other important threads to the story Melanie is the daughter of upper middle class parents but she has resorted to the Job Centre to find work in her chosen field of performing arts which her parents feel is not good enough for her All roads lead to the Job Centre actually so it plays a major part in the case It ties to Wexford's personal life too; his daughter and son in law are forced to go on the dole temporarilyThe book was well written reminiscent of A Judgement in Stone which is the only other Rendell novel I've read I did read one of her books that she wrote as Barbara Vine and found it difficult to get through I left it unfinished fortunately this book is not like that It unfolds at a decent pace and the solution is fair and there are several twists that I did not see coming Also the explanation for the title which comes right at the end of the book is very bittersweet But still this isn't one of my favourites Perhaps having it studied in Mystery Fiction would have made it interesting


  10. says:

    An hour later if he had been asked to give a resume of what she had said he couldn't have recalled a word of it And at the time he was aware that she had that great gift on which so many politicians have founded their success of being able to say nothing at length and in a flowing seuence of polysyllabic fashionable words of talking meaningless nonsense in fine mellifluous phrases with absolute self confidence From time to time she paused for no apparent reason Occasionally she smiled Once she shook her head and once she raised her voice on an impassioned note Just when he thought she would go on for half an hour that nothing but physical force would stop her she ceased I couldn’t resist copying this uote from Chief Inspector Wexford about the candidate in a local election who is introducing him to speak at a gathering on women’s safety being as I am pretty fed up with the rhetoric of this year’s election campaigns Beyond that – and isn’t it lovely prose by the way? – this is probably THE best Rendell book I have read and I haven’t read a bad one I am in awe of how well she has taken the period detective novel which we know so well from Agatha Christie and moved the story into the modern world There is so much that people of my age can recognize in the growth of a small town the changing political and social s and the different issues that affect the people And yet murder is still murder and Wexford and Burden and company are still there to solve the case The heart of this book is racial relations and in particular people of color in the town of Kingsmarkham and its neighboring villages Wexford has to confront his own racism of which he was genuinely unaware The murder victims are connected to a young woman who was brought into the country as a servant and who was raped and beaten by the men of the household she worked in The daughter of a local doctor who is black like the dead servant girl is also missing and the confusion over which girl is which goes to the heart of Wexford’s assumptions about race causing him to think deeply about his own prejudices and those of his town


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The sixteenth book to feature the classic crime solving detective Chief Inspector WexfordWhen a young black woman goes missing in Kingsmarkham Wexford must respond to a test not only of his powers of deduction but of his basic beliefs and prejudicesOnly eighteen British mysteries are just so different from their US counterparts no? This one was uite interesting An investigator thinking deeply about race and racism confronting his own takn for granted racist thought patterns trying to strike a balance between avoiding stereotype and ignoring race Can't say without spoiling things for others The Ronin in Kingsmarkham Wexford must respond to a test not only of his powers of deduction but of his basic beliefs and prejudicesOnly eighteen British mysteries are just so different from their US counterparts no? This one was uite Rockonomics interesting An Pathfinder Chronicles investigator thinking deeply about race and racism confronting his own takn for granted racist thought patterns trying to strike a balance between avoiding stereotype and Velvet Submission (Club Velvet Ice, ignoring race Can't say without spoiling things for others

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Black people live in Kingsmarkham One of them is Wexford's new doctor Raymond Akande When the doctor's daughter Melanie goes missing the Chief Inspector takes than just a professional interest in the caseMelanie just down from university but unable to find a job Like I mentioned before that book on women crime writers made me want to read crime and so I did Simisola was one of the books analysed and it sounded really interesting so I picked it up It's an Inspector Wexford mystery to be specific it's a police procedural but I think it can be read as a standalone As for the plot that's a bit harder to describe but here goesThe daughter of Inspector Wexford's GP Melanie Akande has gone missing As Wexford investigates the body of Annette Bystock who was probably the last person to see her And then another body turns upThis is a police procedural with an intricate plot and an overarching theme Wexford is a decent man who is struggling in a world that has changed without him knowing The change being that England is no longer 99% whiteThis investigation leads him to recognise and confront his hidden prejudices while painting a bleak picture of England right now Life isn't easy for anyone and a lot of people clearly aren't coping well At times it felt like Ruth Rendell hammered in the England is racist message a bit too strongly and made it very obvious but for the most part she let the characters and the story indict themselves For example possible spoilers if you didn't read the blurb when the second body is found Inspector Wexford immediately assumed it was Melanie because the victim was black even going as far as to break the news to her parents When they realise it's not her their anger is heartbreaking and a huge moment of realisation of how unconsciously racist he is for WexfordThe only weak point of the book apart from veering dangerously close to preachy occasionally is that it'a really really complicated Perhaps my brain isn't just working but despite reading most of the book in one sitting woohoo for free days with no plans when the murderer was revealed my first reaction was who? Wexford does do a recap which I was grateful for but unlike most mysteries the reveal was confusing than de mystifyingIf you want a mystery that makes the problem of racism a part of the story you'll want to pick this book up It is a grim bleak read but it is a worthwhile one because we always need to be confronted with our hidden prejudicesThis review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile