A Guilty Thing Surprised

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A Guilty Thing Surprised
First edition (UK)
Author Ruth Rendell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Inspector Wexford # 5
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Hutchinson (UK)
The Crime Club (US)
Publication date
16 March 1970
Media type Print (Hardcover)
ISBN 0-09-101340-2
OCLC 96653
LC Class PZ4.R4132 Gu PR6068.E63
Preceded by The Best Man to Die
Followed by No More Dying Then

A Guilty Thing Surprised is a novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell. It was first published in 1970, and is the 5th entry in her popular Inspector Wexford series.

Plot summary[edit]

When Elizabeth Nightingale was beaten to death, it seemed a straightforward enough case. But Detective Chief Inspector Wexford discovered that beneath the placid surface of the Nightingales' lives there were undercurrents and secrets that no one had ever suspected.