A Sleeping Life

A Sleeping Life

eBook - 1978
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Rhoda Comfrey's death seemed unremarkable; the real mystery was her life.

In A Sleeping Life , master mystery writer Ruth Rendell unveils an elaborate web of lies and deception painstakingly maintained by a troubled soul. A wallet found in Comfrey's handbag leads Inspector Wexford to Mr. Grenville West, a writer whose plots revel in the blood, thunder, and passion of dramas of old; whose current whereabouts are unclear; and whose curious secretary--the plain Polly Flinders--provides the Inspector with more questions than answers. And when a second Grenville West comes to light, Wexford faces a dizzying array of possible scenarios--and suspects--behind the Comfrey murder.

Brilliantly entertaining, exceptionally crafted, A Sleeping Life evokes the dark realities, half-truths, and flights of fancy that constitute a life.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1978
ISBN: 9780307559807
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook


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Dec 20, 2019

I really love Ruth Rendell and I found this to be one of her best plots. That's all I'm going to say because with mysteries, less know, most enjoyed.

Sep 14, 2019

Wow, what a blockbuster ending ... It caught me sleeping. And when I looked back there were loads of clues. It was shortlisted for the Edgar but didn't make the final cut, perhaps because she already had bagged it several times. Rendell's procedurals are much preferable to her psychological thrillers, at least to my taste. The Edgar folks would beg to differ, though, at least judging from her laurels in that category. If you like the puzzle-solving aspect of crime fiction you might enjoy this one.

cals_peggy Sep 23, 2015

This is not my favorite DI Wexford mystery, but I do love the series. Rendell's mysteries follow the genre formula, but she has add a dash of humor by giving Wexford a Sargent that is his complete opposite. Their ongoing relationship is almost as much fun as solving the mystery.


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