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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NOT IN THE FLESH by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2008

"Rich, tangled and as sharply observed as ever."
Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford and his Kingsmarkham colleagues (End in Tears, 2005, etc.) deal with not one but two bodies of men whose relatives long ago gave up hope of ever hearing from them again. Read full book review >

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THIRTEEN STEPS DOWN by Ruth Rendell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Masterful, as usual. No one does evil better."
Another brilliantly rendered Rendellscape in which the central figure is the blond, blue-eyed psychopath next door. Read full book review >

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THE BABES IN THE WOOD by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"Sex, drugs, religious mania, dysfunctional families—and not even Wexford's own domestic circle is safe this time."
Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford's stellar 19th case hinges on the disappearance of a pair of teenagers and their babysitter. Read full book review >

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A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES by Ruth Rendell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1999

"If the result lacks the energy and inevitability of the classic A Judgment in Stone, Rendell supplies a Dickensian wealth of social detail that brings her beautiful people and their predators to startling life."
Rendell's 46th (Road Rage, 1997, etc.) is a modern-day fairy tale—Margaret Yorke meets Fay Weldon—that shows the dark side of lovers' reckless pursuit of their objects of beauty. Read full book review >