The Babes in the Wood by Ruth Rendell
A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery

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With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy. Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a case of kidnapping, perhaps connected with an unusual sect called the Church of the Good Gospel. But when the sitter’s smashed-up car is found at the bottom of a local quarry–occupied by a battered corpse–the investigation takes on a very different hue.

The Babes in the Wood is Ruth Rendell at her very best, a scintillating, precise and troubling story of seduction and religious fanaticism–and murder.

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About Ruth Rendell

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Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, four Gold Daggers, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than forty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Fiction

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As Dora Wexford worries whether their garden and house will escape the flood, her husband is called to the home of Roger and Katrina Dade, who awoke the morning after they’d returned from a weekend away to find that Giles, 15, and Sophie, 13, weren’t asleep in their beds, and Katrina’s friend Joa...

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The Babes in the Wood by Ruth Rendell 323pp, Hutchinson, £16.99 Somewhere in the crime triangle of Morse's Oxford and the never-never land of grisly Midsomer Murders stands Ruth Rendell's Kingsmarkham, nominally in Sussex but vague enough to be anywhere, not quite rural, not quite urban, and...

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"a woman who would assume that her children had drowned, just because they weren't there and part of the town (not even close to their house) was flooded, had to be --- well, to put it charitably, somewhat scatterbrained."

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British mystery doyenne Rendell alternates between psychologically acute, unsettling thrillers and mysteries featuring her beloved Inspector Wexford;

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Chief Inspector Wexford is faced with what seems to be an impenetrable web of lies when he investigates the disappearance of two teenagers and their baby-sitter.

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