2007: 66. The Babes in the Wood

“It was warm enough to be outside at ten and not feel a chill.  The sky was all covered with stars, and the moon had come up among them, a reddish moon.”

The Babes in the Wood, Ruth Rendell

I must say, having managed to avoid them for this long, I find that I am becoming quite fond of Rendell’s Inspector Wexford mysteries.  They aren’t as great and twisty as the Barbara Vine books, but they don’t have that nasty mean edge that some of her stand-alone’s do, like Thirteen Steps Down.  This book concerns the disappearance of two teenagers, and their friend/sitter during a time when all of England is practically under water from flooding.  The oppressive rains are an interesting angle and make for an atmospheric read, and both the plot and the characters of the book are sufficiently novel and interesting to make the book worth reading.  I particularly liked the miserable parents of the missing children (well, was impressed with the characterization, since miserable applies to their personalities, not how the felt with their kids gone).  A nice read, for a mystery fan.


Recommended for: Mystery lovers, people suspicious of Evangelicals.


Date/Place Completed: 5/9/07; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Ruth Rendell Project

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017