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Murder Being Once Done - Ruth Rendell mp3 workadayUnabridged and read by Robin Bailey. 5 hours 57 mins duration, 6 CD'sblurb - Inspector Wexford recuperating from an illness is visiting his nephew Howard, a Detective Superintendent based in London, when a tragic murder case arises. While exploring the dark, dirty streets of London and avoiding the prestigious flower arrangements of his niece, he manages to forget his current illness. In the course of helping his nephew solve this murder mystery, Wexford must contend with Howard's other inspectors and struggle to prove his knowledge and expertise in the field of character analysis. Filled with unwed mothers, poverty, and adoption, this novel is constantly twisting and turning through Wexford's inner thoughts. Through all this, he is pulled between two opposing forces. His wife, Dora, pleads with him to rest, in accordance with the doctor's wishes. On the other hand is his burning desire to solve the young girl's murder. In the end, he manages to stay on top of the case but ignores his doctor's wishes for him to eat only bread and water. The story is full of intriguing surprises and, mingled with the unpredictable new characters, comes the tale of a cult with a long, uncertain past of family deceit and runaway brides.