Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Season 9, Episode 3

Simisola: Part One (26 Jan. 1996)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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The 22 year old daughter of Wexford's new Nigerian doctor reports his 22 year old daughter missing and the last person known to have seen her is found murdered.

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Christopher Ravenscroft ...
Jane Lapotaire ...
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Dr. Raymond Akande
Charon Bourke ...
Sylvia Wexford / Fairfax
Philip Bird ...
Neil
Louie Ramsay ...
Adrian Martin ...
Robin
Tom Donaldson ...
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Ellen Thomas ...
Laurette Akande
Sasha Mitchell ...
Robin Kermode ...
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Daniel Ilsley ...
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Inspector Wexford is approached by his black doctor with the request to track down his daughter. Then the body of a young black girl who has been murdered turns up... Written by Hans Arentsen <arent@iname.com>

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Chief inspector Wexford and a darkly intelligent, deeply troubling labyrinth of sex, murder, and race.

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Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: If I was having an affair, how long would it take you to guess?
Sylvia Wexford: Ten minutes... fifteen if you were clever. Let's say ten.
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Simisola
30 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reg Wexford is looking a lot older. This made for TV movie is another of Ruth Rendell's excellent Inspector Wexford mysteries. This plot emphasizes some of the racial as opposed to racist problems that exist in the UK. The story hinges on the disappearance of the daughter of a Nigerian doctor and his wife. When the body of a black female is discovered Wexford assumes immediately that it is the missing girl because she is black. It is not and the doctors wife, a nurse, tells Wexford that you think we all look alike and you cannot see beyond the color of our skin. Despite this Wexford soldiers on and works very diligently to solve the murder.It also shows how depressing it is to be a job seeker in the UK and the bureaucracy involved.

It is a well plotted murder story and in a previous Wexford, Reg says that" There is no such thing as a coincidence in a murder case" The same is true here . If you liked Reg Wexford mysteries in the past you will enjoy this one.


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