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NOT IN THE FLESH-The past is a Shallow grave
Ruth Rendell's books are not only whodunits but whydunits, uncovering the motive roots of murder' Mail on Sunday

Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury- a human hand.
The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton sheet. The postmortem cannot reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man's ribs.

The police computer stores a long list of missing persons. Men,women and children
disappear at an alarming rate, something like 500 every day nationwide. So Wexford knows he is going to have a job on his hands to identify the corpse.

And then, only twenty yards away from the woodland burial site, in the cellar of disused cottage, another body is found.

The Detection skills of Wexford, Burden and the other investigating offices of the Kingmarkham Police Force are tested to the utmost to discover whether the murders are connected and to track down whoever is responsible..


Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an "S" rather than a 'C' ) is superstitious about the number thirteen and has always felt dogged by ill-luck. In St Blaise House where he lives, there are thirteen steps down to the landing below his rooms, which he keeps spick and span in marked contrast to the rest of the place.His lanlady, Gwendolen Chawcer,was born there, and lives her life almost exclusively through her library, blind to the neglect and decay around her.

The Notting Hill neighbourhood has changed radically over the last fifty years, and 10 Rillington Place, where the notorious John Christie committed a series of foul murders, has been torn down.
Mix is obsessed with the life of Christie and his small library is composed entirely of books on the subject. He has also developed a passion for a beautiful model who lives nearly--a woman who would not look at him twice..etc.....................
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