By Ruth Rendell
Leader Inspector Wexford is in China, vacationing old tombs and palaces with a bunch of British travelers. After their go back to England, one in all his fellow travelers is located murdered. As he questions different individuals of the crowd, Wexford reveals secrets and techniques of greed, treachery, robbery, and adultery, prime the distressed inspector to invite no longer who's blameless, yet who's least in charge . . .
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Extra resources for Speaker of Mandarin: An Inspector Wexford Mystery
The mother of the proprietor or the cook, Wexford supposed. Her stare was almost disconcerting. It was as if she wanted to speak to him, was girding herself up to find the courage to speak to him. But that was absurd. The over-whelming probability was that she spoke nothing but Chinese. Their eyes met once more. Wexford put down his chopsticks, wiped his mouth and got up. He would go to Mr Sung and ask him to interpret for them, so evident was it that she wished to communicate something. But before he reached Mr Sung’s table the woman was gone.
It wasn’t a matter of his will, though, but the will of Lu Xing She and Mr Sung. He had a double seat to himself on the bus. Silently he observed his fellow passengers. A couple of days in the hotel at Chang-sha had gone a long way towards reviving them and they looked less as if they had been pulled through a hedge backwards. Each of the enemies had also secured a double seat, one of them behind the driver, the other on the opposite side of the aisle to Wexford. Out of the corner of his eye Wexford read the label tied to the older man’s handcase.
This lasted until they reached Shao-shan and were drinking tea before climbing the hill to the Mao farmstead. The countryside here had that fresh sparkling look you occasionally see in England on a rare fine day after a long spell of rain. In front of the house the lotus reared its round sunshade leaves and pink lily flowers out of a shallow pond. The rice was the soft tender green of imperial jade. But for all that the heat was intense. Thirty-nine degrees, said Mr Yu, which Wexford, multiplying by nine, dividing by five and adding thirty-two, made out to be a formidable hundred and two Fahrenheit.
Speaker of Mandarin: An Inspector Wexford Mystery by Ruth Rendell