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Simisola by Ruth Rendell

July 7, 2009 by  

SimisolaRuthRendellHaving heard but never really watched the Inspector Wexford mysteries on television, I was not sure what to expect from Ruth Rendell.   I was pleasantly surprised and the storyline drew me in immediately.

Only eighteen 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 more than just a professional interest in the case.

Melanie, just down from university but unable to find a job, disappeared somewhere between the Benefit Office and the bus stop.  Or at least no one saw her get on the bus when it came.  What might have happened to Melanie and should the family fear the worst? And what other secrets does Kingsmarkham hold?

There are many aspects and to this book that keep you on your toes and have you guessing all the way through.  A superb read and again one that was difficult to put down.

Further Reviews of this Book:

“What a pleasant experience this book proved to be. The characters are superbly drawn, Wexford particularly so, but the Akande family was portrayed exquisitely. A sympathetic view into another culture is always welcome, since we ofays rarely have a proper glimpse into other worlds. This book strongly reflects the issues facing the UK’s race relations today . . . .”

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