2009: 49. No More Dying Then

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“The spell of fine weather which so often occurs in late October is known as St. Luke’s Little Summer.”

No More Dying Then, Ruth Rendell

This mystery starts with this disappearance of a little boy - a subject so close to my new mom heart that if I hadn’t read this one already and SPOILER known the ending was happy, I doubt I could have read it (this is true - another of her books starts with a baby dying and I started it and put it down. That can go to the end of the Ruth Rendell project).  Anyway, a young boy disappears, and Wexford is immediately harkened back to the disappearance of young Stella Rivers a year before.  Stella was never found - will this be another tragedy?  He can’t turn to Burden for help, as Burden is mourning the death of his wife from cancer, and is a shell of his former self.  Burden finds himself strangely attracted to the missing boy’s mother.  Will his infatuation compromise the case, or will his connection to the woman actually help to solve the mystery?

I enjoyed the book - I usually don’t care much for the detectives in the Wexford mysteries - its the mysteries I enjoy.  Wexford is sort of boring and conservative, and Burden is usually pretty pompous and self-righteous.  I mean, compared to Peter Wimsey (sigh) or even Hercule Poirot, I don’t have much fondness for our sleuths.  But this novel made Burden seem like a human - a human going through a bad time and exhibiting very bad judgment, but a real person, not just a marker to push the story along.

Date/Place Completed: April 2009; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Ruth Rendell Project

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