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First edition (UK)
Author Ruth Rendell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Inspector Wexford # 16
Genre Crime, Mystery novel
Publisher Hutchinson (UK)
Crown (US)
Publication date
24 September 1994
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 348 pp
ISBN 0-09-179161-8
OCLC 31331007
Preceded by Kissing the Gunner's Daughter
Followed by Road Rage

Simisola is a 1994 novel by British crime writer Ruth Rendell. It features her recurring detective Inspector Wexford, and is the 16th in the series. Though a murder mystery, the book also touches on the themes of racism and welfare dependency.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Dr Raymond Akande is Wexford's new GP and one of the few Black British people in Kingsmarkham. When Akande's daughter goes missing, and a body of a young black woman is found, Wexford is confronted by his own prejudices.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The Daily Courier wrote about the book: "...some of it gets tedious, especially when characters who do not consider themselves racists search themselves for racist traits".[1]

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations[edit]

The novel was filmed for television in the UK in 1996 and starred George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Jane Lapotaire, and George Harris


  1. ^ a b "Whodunit tries to be real novel". The Daily Courier (Arizona) (Prescott Newspapers). January 7, 1996. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Race relations are mystery's undercurrent". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 28, 1995. Retrieved 17 April 2012.