Search Results: "Ruth Rendell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COPPER PEACOCK by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Lesser work from a major talent; readable but unpersuasive."
Nine new short stories from the prolific, impressive Rendell—but an underpar batch this time, with no top-notch entries and quite a few clinkers. Read full book review >

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LIVE FLESH by Ruth Rendell
Released: Sept. 2, 1986

"And, with no one else to care about (David and Clare are just sketches), the reader is stuck with Victor for the duration: claustrophobic, ultimately dispiriting company, despite Rendell's often-effective attempts to humanize a psycho-criminal profile."
When Rendell goes all out for psychopathology rather than conventional suspense, the results can sometimes truly be riveting—as in the case of A Judgement in Stone. Read full book review >

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AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS by Ruth Rendell
Released: Sept. 3, 1985

"On the other hand, the page-by-page storytelling—wry, superbly paced, full of arresting character-details—is still unsurpassed in the mystery field."
Rendell's non-detective thrillers sometimes become a bit excessive in their layers of psychopathology; her Inspector Wexford cases are usually more restrained. Read full book review >

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SPEAKER OF MANDARIN by Ruth Rendell
Released: Sept. 12, 1983

"Less tight and polished than Death Notes, with a ho-hum fadeout—but a disarming, fairly irresistible blend of mini-puzzles, solid detection, splendid travel writing, and Wexford charm."
Like the last Inspector Wexford mystery, Death Notes, this new Render novel is less an earnest mystery-story (like early Wexford) than a sly, teasing entertainment—with twists galore, subtly winking salutes to A. Christie, and an improvisatory feel that never slips over into archness or parody. Read full book review >

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MAKE DEATH LOVE ME by Ruth Rendell
Released: July 27, 1979

"A can't-stop-reading, humanized melodrama that could also be, in the right hands, the makings of a gem of a movie."
Rendell just keeps getting better and better. Read full book review >

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A SLEEPING LIFE by Ruth Rendell
Released: Oct. 6, 1978

"But only P. D. James can rival Rendell for total, no-seams-showing command of the classic genre, and true mystery fans, unlike literary critics, would probably give Rendell extra points for the un-literary economy and ease of her irresistible, nonstop prose."
When Rendell writes crime-from-the-criminal-point-of-view, she is gripping and creepy. Read full book review >

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A JUDGEMENT IN STONE by Ruth Rendell
Released: Feb. 3, 1977

"The reigning chronicler of crime-from-the-criminal-point-of-view has struck again, with somewhat less elegance than usual but with more sheer clout: weak of heart, beware."
Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write." Read full book review >

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A NEW LEASE OF DEATH by Ruth Rendell
Released: May 19, 1967

"But it's far-fetched even for the ladies who will probably be somewhat shocked by the Reverend's mid-stream affair."
The respectable Rev. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The sedate pace and sociological focus of Rendell's recent work (No Man's Nightingale, 2013, etc.) are quickened here by the capacity of her golden agers to act, and act out, in ways as surprising as they are logical."
Rendell's 65th novel shows the incalculable effects of a 70-year-old crime on a group of friends—schoolchildren when it happened, alarmingly unpredictable retirees now. Read full book review >

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THE ST. ZITA SOCIETY by Ruth Rendell
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Over her last several outings (Tigerlily's Orchids, 2011, etc.), Rendell has been returning to the stripped-down dyspepsia of her earliest work, adding freak-show sociology to her velvet nightmares. Instead of exhausting the possibilities of her collection of plausible misfits, this group portrait leaves you longing for more."
Rendell's 62nd novel is a highly characteristic anatomy of the many varieties of servitude—some stifling, some nurturing, some murderous—along posh Hexam Place, Knightsbridge. Read full book review >

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PORTOBELLO by Ruth Rendell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The tectonic shifts that bring the characters together and tear them apart lack the inevitability of Rendell's most compelling exercises in the sociology of doom (The Water's Lovely, 2007, etc.). No wonder she relents and allows her characters something like a happy ending."
What ought to be welcome news—the chance discovery of £115 dropped by a stricken passerby—is the catalyst that brings together another memorably ill-assorted crowd of neurotics, misfits and criminals bent on mischief. Read full book review >

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KISSING THE GUNNER'S DAUGHTER by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"The story marks a masterful return to form for the supreme living exponent of the English detective story."
Rendell's last few books haven't been up to her extraordinarily high standard, but Chief Inspector Wexford's first appearance since The Veiled One (1988) is cause for celebration. Read full book review >