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The Speaker of Mandarin ➸ [Read] ➳ The Speaker of Mandarin By Ruth Rendell ➽ – Thomashillier.co.uk Chief Inspector Wexford is in China visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists After their return to England one of his fellow tourists is found murdered As he uestions other Chief Inspector Wexford is in China visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists After their return to England one of his fellow tourists is found murdered As he uestions other members of the group Wexford finds secrets of greed treachery theft and adultery leading the distressed The Speaker MOBI :↠ inspector to ask not who is innocent but who is least guilty.


About the Author: Ruth Rendell

Barbara VineRuth Barbara Rendell Baroness Rendell of Babergh CBE who also wrote under the pseudonym.



10 thoughts on “The Speaker of Mandarin

  1. Bettie Bettie says:

    Read by Michael BryantTotal Runtime 5 Hours 52 MinsDescription Chief Inspector Wexford is in China visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists After their return to England one of his fellow tourists is found murdered a burglary it seems but Wexford has other ideas As he uestions other members of the group Wexford finds secrets of greed treachery theft and adultery leading the distressed inspector to ask not who is innocent but who is least guilty I am hoping this is not the jumping the shark book that it was a dire one off a tragic mistake Only way to find out is to dive in to the next one3 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 Not in the Flesh Inspector Wexford #212 The Vault Inspector Wexford #23


  2. Ellen Ellen says:

    Speaker of Mandarin by Ruth RendellChief Inspector Wexford is on a trip in china A long trip and a very uncomfortable trip with none of the conveniences of home While on a short boat ride with other tourists a man falls overboard and appears to be lost at sea All this occurs while Wexford's hallucination of an elderly Chinese woman appearing continues without reason The Chief Inspector returns home and finds himself once again in the midst of a murder that needs solving A wealthy woman Adela Knighton has been found dead at home shot in the back of her head Some how people from his trip to China are in the mix of characters in this drama being played outThis story was a bit tiring to me in the beginning I found it uninteresting and thenWexford took over and once again I was brought into a riveting mystery that only RR could bring us The ending floored me completely


  3. Margie Margie says:

    I liked some of the twists in this mystery After reading some of the other reviews I'll concede that Rendell doesn't tell us much about Wexford the detective I felt comfortable with him because I've read so many of the Wexford mysteries and perhaps didn't notice how scant her descriptions wereIt's was definitely the mystery itself and its various subplots that engaged me I found the racism rather unpalatable though It's hard to believe that this was written only thirty years ago The use of the words inscrutable and slant eyed as well as writing 'l' for 'r' to make explicit someone's difficulty with English sounds just in the first three pages was a bit of a shock it seemed like a novel from the 1930s than from the '80s


  4. Jillian Jillian says:

    I liked what some reviewers disliked the trip to China that begins the book and influences the way Wexford approaches the murder His observations of people and places shape our understanding of the world of the book and crimes of its characters Rendell is so skilful a storyteller a lovely rhythm and balance to the writing and juxtaposing of events; behaviour and thinking processes based on character traits that are predictable but never stereotyped An ordinary enough murder and a great read


  5. Jaksen Jaksen says:

    Another in the long Inspector Wexford series by Ruth Rendell and by far one of her bestIn this one a man's wife is found dead shot in the back of the head shortly after they've returned from a trip to China There are A LOT of suspects here including almost every member of the tour group There are A LOT of clues and information for both Wexford his sidekick Burden and anyone reading this book to process consider kick aside or set in the omg that's probably it column of the brain I should have set up a 'cue card' as I often do with character heavy books So often I'd be reading and Wexford is off to interview this one or that one and I'd think okay who is THAT?But I still loved the book for its complexity of plot its utterly believable cast of characters the interplay between Wexford and Burden and even for the way Rendell develops those characters who return throughout the series Burden is starting to see the world in varying shades of gray rather than black and white and Wexford uestions the way he sees people uestions his himself and his own sanity He keeps seeing a woman with bound feet approaching him Is she real? Is he hallucinating? And if so why? Loved this book for a lot of reasons A perfect mystery IMO D


  6. Rick Rick says:

    Is a confession to murder really a confession or is there something else to consider? This story takes a considerable number of twists and turns and in the end it's not what you expect Typical Rendell


  7. Kieran Kieran says:

    Racist in a 1970's way


  8. Simon Mcleish Simon Mcleish says:

    Originally published on my blog here in May 1998This is a short member of the Inspector Wexford series of crime novels The first half describes a holiday he had in China; the second his investigation of the murder of a middle aged woman who was on a coach party he met thereThe description of the trip to China is the most interesting part of the novel; the murder and investigation seem almost to have been put in to pad the novel out and to fit it in with the general themes of the seriesThe juxtaposition of the two parts does mean that the novel suffers from the complaint I particularly dislike about Ngaio Marsh the strange coincidence which means the investigator meets the victim beforehandThe mystery also has a rather abrupt ending and is rather unsatisfactory; to explain why I would have to give it away In conclusion there are better Wexford books but the description of a holiday in China before these were commonplace is worth reading


  9. Leslie Leslie says:

    As beautifully written as all of her books are this entry in Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford series was not my favorite It was interesting but excruciatingly dated with respect to the references to China where the story begins and rather ho hum overall once Wexford leaves China In fact his visit to China is rather surreal and creepyreally my favorite part of the bookPart of the problem for me was really not reading the book in its entirety within a few days I started it and got 50 pages in one day and then didn't touch it again for a weekand had trouble remembering who the characters wereThe murder when it comes sends Wexford scurrying back and forth to London to try to put together all of the pieces I always enjoy “watching” him work but also had a fairly good idea of what had happened and why so there was little suspenseBut again this being Rendell the book was about the journey than the destination I'm certainly not unhappy that I read it but must remember to read mysteries within a few days so that the details don't elude me


  10. Lucy Barnhouse Lucy Barnhouse says:

    I thought this was a very strong installment in the Wexford series creatively and subtly plotted As an aficionado of mystery novels I admire and enjoy the skilled placement of clues and Rendell's construction here is extremely clever Also I thought it functioned as a striking indictment of racism and Orientalism While both of these are present and as distasteful as other reviews indicate I didn't read these as reflecting the attitude of the author I appreciated in fact that Wexford is shown as guilty of some Orientalist attitudes even while disapproving and acting against active racismexploitation


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