A Wexford Mystery, this is classic Ruth Rendell mystery with Wexford joining the dots to come up with the murderer. When a neighbour’s husband goes missing, Wexford initially thinks it merely a case of him going off with another woman, but it turns out there are more sinister goings on. A paint salesman is murdered, it turns out he was a bigamist, those frequent sales trips were to see his other wife not to sell paints to the denizens of Ipswich. The ravens of the title are a group of teenage feminists, who have an aggressive attitude towards the male sex, which might go further than merely taking self defence classes. Two other males have been stabbed by young women in the Kingsmarkham area. For once my hunch as to who the killer was turned out to be right (no spoilers here), with Agatha Christie I always suspect the wrong person.
My rating 4 out of 5