Search Results: "Ruth Rendell"


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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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TIGERLILY'S ORCHIDS by Ruth Rendell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2011

"A tragicomedy that follows very much the same formula as Portobello (2010). No new ground is broken, but fans will be pleased."
An ill-assorted group of neighbors, enough false notes to work corrosive effects and enough time for the whole bunch of them to stew until done, or done in. Read full book review >

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THE WATER’S LOVELY by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2007

"Despite some unlikely coincidences and a rushed and muted ending, one of the most deeply pleasurable thrillers from the genre's leading practitioner."
The legacy of a violent death 12 years ago has even creepier resonances for a misfit London family. Read full book review >

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END IN TEARS by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2006

"Average for Rendell's distinguished list of whodunits, which makes it just a whisker below state of the art."
Inspector Reginald Wexford's 20th case, and Rendell's 64th volume, asks who murdered a pair of Kingsmarkham teens no better than they should have been. Read full book review >

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PIRANHA TO SCURFY by Ruth Rendell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2001

"Best savored not for their own achievement, but as revelations of Rendell's gift for rooting her novel-length nightmares (Harm Done, 1999, etc.) in fairy-tale fears and desires her most adult characters and readers have never outgrown."
Although Rendell's six previous collections have showcased a remarkable talent for evoking suspense in just a few pregnant pages, the nine tales here are successful in direct proportion to their length. Read full book review >