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Shake Hands Forever by Ruth Rendell
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Shake Hands Forever (1975)

by Ruth Rendell

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Series: Inspector Wexford (9)

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Eerder verschenen als Inspecteur Wexford en de mysterieuze handafdruk
  Marjoles | Sep 26, 2017 |
[Shake Hands Forever] by Ruth Rendell
Inspector Wexford Series Book #9
3 ★'s

What's It About?
The bed was neatly made, and the woman on top neatly strangled.

According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. So who managed to gain entry and strangle her without a struggle? That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford. Perhaps it was the mystery woman who left her fingerprints on the Hathall's bathtub? Perhaps it was Angela's husband who lied about a stolen library book? And why was the Hathall home, usually so unkempt, exquisitely clean the day of Angela's death? Then a neighbor--friendly, knowing, disarmingly beautiful--offers Wexford her assistance. And what begins as a rather tricky case turns into an obsession that threatens to destroy the Inspector's career--as well as his marriage.

What Did I Think?
This was a bit unusual in that from the beginning we knew who did the dastardly deed...just not HOW they did it. That alone kept this reader turning page after page. Inspector Wexford is his usual complex, flawed and true to life character. Even tho this wasn't the absolutely best Inspector Wexford book I've read I still would say that those who enjoy British village mysteries and police procedural would not only like this book but the entire Wexford series. There are 24 books in the series now. Ruth Rendell died in 2015 and I don't believe anyone else is going to take up the series. Too bad....but they probably wouldn't be the same. ( )
  Carol420 | Jun 21, 2017 |
This was a page-turner that I read in one day. However, it's difficult to imagine a detective being taken off a case, and the investigation halted, just because the prime suspect complains that he's being harassed, which is what Chief Inspector Griswald did. Wexford had to carry on investigating covertly, with the help of his nephew. ( )
  VivienneR | Jan 24, 2017 |
Inspector Wexford is stymied by a murder of an isolated wife. He is convinced the husband did it, but it takes over a year of frustration to solve it. He calls in help from a variety of coworkers, and a few snitches. Slow read, but enjoyable. ( )
  Pmaurer | Aug 3, 2016 |
Getting better and better, great twist at the end ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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For my aunts, Jenny Waldorf, Laura
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Why is it that as you get older you tend to wake up at five and are unable to get off to sleep again? Something to do with the blood sugar level being low? Or the coming of dawn exerting an atavistic pull? (chapter 12)
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The bed was neatly made, and the woman on top neatly strangled.

According to all accounts, Angela Hathall was deeply in love with her husband and far too paranoid to invite an unknown person into their home. So who managed to gain entry and strangle her without a struggle? That is the problem facing Inspector Wexford in Shake Hands Forever. Perhaps it was the mystery woman who left her fingerprints on the Hathall's bathtub? Perhaps it was Angela's husband who lied about a stolen library book? And why was the Hathall home, usually so unkempt, exqisitely clean the day of Angela's death? Then a neighbor--friendly, knowing, disarmingly beautiful--offers Wexford her assistance. And what begins as a rather tricky case turns into an obsession that threatens to destroy the Inspector's career--as well as his marriage.

Maddeningly addictive, smart and surprising, Shake Hands Forever showcases Ruth Rendell at the height of her storytelling powers.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:24 -0400)

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