The attitudes in question relate to Archery’s belief that criminality is hereditary. I was a little disappointed when, about halfway into A New Lease of Death, I realized that he would not play a large active role in this investigation. She had written two stand-alone mysteries right after FROM DOON WITH DEATH. The Reverend is worried, you know, heredity and that sort of thing. There are some questions of motivation and the details of family relationships to uncover but the novel lacks much in the way of twists or surprises, relying instead on engaging the reader with the exploration of its characters. Well there was, but it's not exactly the thing the Reverend opted for. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But then again, I like stories that involves investigating past murders…, […] A New Lease Of Death by Ruth Rendell […]. She’s fantastic; I must dig out some older ones when at my parents’ at Christmas. The focus is on the Reverend Archery as he doggedly searches for a truth that may well be nothing more than what everyone “knows” to be true – that Painter was a killer. Apart from the past crime, there’s little resemblance. A New Lease of Death is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1967. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. A New Lease of Death Retold by John Escott MACMILLAN. She had three . a new lease of life definition: 1. an occasion when you become more energetic and active than before: 2. an increase in the period…. ( Log Out /  KING SOLOMON’S CARPET has hardly any plot at all, but is fascinating in its depiction of the youths who ride subway car roofs. It’s been a while since I was this impressed by a book where, to be honest, not an awful lot seems to happen. From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell – Mysteries Ahoy. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. Anyway, glad to see you’ve made a discovery, as it were! Ruth Rendell. It was a brutal, vicious crime--and sixteen years old. It was very hard to see where this was going. The thing is, Rendell writes as though the reader’s expected reaction will be to think he is a sound-minded and diligent parent rather than to think him narrow-minded and judgmental. On the list. I’d be fascinated to see how they managed the plot of thus one on the telly. As things progress in his enquiries, things close to him start to fall apart – it seems that whatever he finds, there is going to be a price to be paid. In Search Of The Classic Mystery Novel by Steven Barge is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. None Book descriptions. A New Lease of Death is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1967. ( Log Out /  Of course Chief Inspector Wexford remembered the Painter case. He lived in a flat above the garage. 15 Oct 2009 . a new lease of life definition: 1. an occasion when you become more energetic and active than before: 2. an increase in the period…. Well, there’s not a lot of our hero Wexford here. ( Log Out /  “It’s not a typical mystery by any sense of the word.” A NEW LEASE OF DEATH by Ruth Rendell ‧ RELEASE DATE: May 19, 1967 The respectable Rev. Learn more. A New Lease of DeathRuth RendellOriginally Published 1967Inspector Wexford #2Preceded by From Doon With DeathFollowed by Wolf to the Slaughter When I reviewed the first of Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford mysteries, From Doon With Death, I described it as a competent but unsurprising plot. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Directed by Herbert Wise. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Clergyman Henry Archery is coming to town to re-investigate Wexford's first ever murder case. It’s not a typical mystery by any sense of the word, but as a (hopefully) wiser and certainly more experienced reader, there’s a lot to enjoy here. Plans changed. Wexford recaps the details of the case and gives his opinion that his reasoning was sound though he does not object to Archery’s plan to meet and talk with some of the witnesses. I can’t actually remember much about it, to be honest! I think it’s safe to say that this wasn’t what I expected from a Wexford novel. Needless to say, Wexford is not desperately keen to dig up the past and keeps his distance. The popular bestseller from Ruth Rendell. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to the Puzzle Doctor and In Search Of The Classic Mystery Novel with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. – Martin Edwards. 2 She put an advertisement in the newspaper. View all online retailers Find local retailers. Wexford's first ever successful murder case comes back to haunt him when a vicar starts to rake up the past. Great choice chum – been ages since I read any Rendell – of the Wexford I remember begin very impressed with SHAKE HANDS FOREVER – hope you are getting roux to that one? Rendell’s novel examines that belief and its implications at points throughout the novel though it ultimately sidesteps having to take a stance on the matter. December 1, 2014 A New Lease Of Death by Ruth Rendell Chief Inspector Wexford’s first murder case, many years ago, was an open and shut case. In spite of those frustrations however I find I really enjoy reading Rendell’s prose and I think there are some wonderfully atmospheric and poetic moments within this story. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. References to this work on external resources. The bright spot for me was the character of Wexford who, while not a flashy or big personality, approached the case in a likeable and straightforward manner. So many of the Vine books are all about character lives, family secrets and crimes in the past with very little happening. So what would have put me off? Might have to look this lady up later. The themes and the plot of this novel didn’t work for me but I am hopeful that the third Wexford story, Wolf to the Slaughter, will be more to my taste. Change ). Archery starts poking about in musty police files after his son selects the daughter of an ax murderer as a fiancee. Anyone approaching this in search of a puzzle plot will likely feel very disappointed. Compare the depiction of troubled youth to Agatha Christie’s Third Girl (written the previous year) and you can see an author who has a genuine feel for how people act and react and she utilises that empathy to great effect here. Painter worked in the garden and drove the car. I’ll probably stick to the better known works. I remember this being one of the best of the TV adaptations (with the great George Baker as Wexford), but shamefully I’m not certain if I actually read the book — probably so, because I rollicked through the early Wexfords. Plus I put it dowm somewhere before starting it and can’t find it. A New Lease Of Death - Ruth Rendell - A New Lease Of Death - Ruth Rendell - The second book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford. It succeeds both as a novel and as a tricky detective story. Had the narrative concentrated more closely on those elements I suspect I would be writing a more enthusiastic review. An old lady, Mrs Primero, was bludgeoned to death in her own home by her handyman, Harry Painter, for a few hundred pounds. Was the man hanged on Wexford's evidence actually innocent? Learn more. Certainly his presence looms large over the story but it is not his investigation and his biggest contribution is to recap the details of the crime at the heart of this story. A NEW LEASE OF DEATH. What follows is a study of the characters involved as Archery probes deeper and their reactions to his investigations. The Reverend is worried, you know, heredity and that sort of thing. This was an extremely pleasant surprise and is, quite clearly, Highly Recommended. I did appreciate Rendell’s attention to character not only for the characters we may suspect of the crime but the other more incidental figures in the case. The prolific author has been overly neglected by this blog and this reader. And yes, I think you’d hate this one. Though initially I was interested since it seemed similar to Agatha Christie’s Five Little Pigs. 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