NOT IN THE FLESH
Internationally acclaimed Rendell brings back Chief Inspector Wexford for another appearance. But this time around he seems to plod along without the usual sparkle, despite the intriguingly twisting plot. Perhaps it's the assortment of suspects, all thoroughly unlikable, that notches down the gratification.
When a truffle-hunting dog turns up some clearly human remains at an old trench site, Wexford, with the help of Detective Sgt. Hannah Goldsmith, ends up investigating an 11-year-old crime and trying to find an identity from among nearly 100 reported missing persons. When a second body is discovered near the scene of the first, Wexford and staff must look into multiple murders and quirky suspects with a variety of motives to find the truth. (Crown, Jun., 304 pp., $25.95)