The eleventh book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.Sir Manuel Camargue, Kingsmarkham’s very own celebrity flautist, dies tragically on a snowy night. His death is met with a ruling of misadventure and appears to be an open-and-shut-case. However Wexford, as the investigating officer, has a few niggling doubts. Nineteen years later, Camargue’s entrancing daughter, Natalie, now a considerable heiress, suddenly reappears in Kingsmarkham. When her fianc appeals to Wexford for help, believing that Natalie is using a false identity, the case of the Camargues is once more under investigation.Events soon take a gruesome twist and the pressure is on for Wexford to discover Natalie’s true identity and to solve the mystery of the Camargue family, once and for all.
A charming story of a cat and a dog who live on the same street for younger readers, from bestselling author Ruth Rendell.Archie the cat and Archie the dog live next door to each other on a street full of feline friends and foes. Read about their adventures — including Archie the cat spending a scary night trapped in a neighbour’s attic — in this gentle, lyrical, completely charming book for younger readers. Perfect for all animal lovers.
The winter before he was sixteen, amateur magician Pup made a Faustian pact and sold his soul to the devil. He wasn’t quite sure what he was going to get in exchange. Pup’s older sister, Dolly, is manically obsessed with her birthmark, believing it is responsible for her status as a social outcast. She becomes pathologically transfixed by Pup’s dabbling in magic, desperate to believe he has occult powers that can cure her disfigurement, improve their lives, and kill their stepmother. As Dolly’s obsession grows, a young mentally disturbed Irishman lurks just around the corner, inseparable from his sharpened set of knives…In this intense and deeply disturbing novel, Ruth Rendell explores a haunted world of obsession, delusions and murderous fantasy, with dazzling virtuosity.
Paul was the most influential figure in the early Christian church. In this epistle, written to the founders of the church in Rome, he sets out some of his ideas on the importance of faith in overcoming mankind’s innate sinfulness and in obtaining redemption. With an introduction by Ruth Rendell
Two years ago he had been a promising young novelist. Now he survived — you could hardly call it living — in a near derelict cottage with only an unhooked telephone and his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two years of loving Drusilla — the bored, rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The affair was over. But the long slide into deception and violence had just begun. . .
In the Edgar Awardwinning classic, a niece investigates the shocking secrets that condemned her once proud familyFaith Severn has never understood why the willful matriarch of her high-society family, aunt Vera Hillyard, snapped and murdered her own beloved sister. But long after Vera is condemned to hang, a journalist’s startling discoveries allow Faith to perceive her family’s story in a new light.Set in postWorld War II Britain, A Dark-Adapted Eye is both a gripping mystery and a harrowing psychological portrait of a complex woman at the head of a troubled family.
When Lizzie and Bell meet for tea after nearly two decades apart, the topic of conversation is murderone that Bell herself committedWhen Elizabeth Vetch spots Bell for the first time in seventeen years, she chases her down in order to learn why her old friend committed a terrible murder all those years ago. Bell has been in prison ever since the mysterious events that took place at the House of Stairs, a London mansion full of over-privileged, overstuffed, and somewhat sinister boarders, landed her there. Now it’s up to Lizzie to put together the pieces of her friend’sand her ownfateful past.As the story behind Bell’s crime unfolds, master of suspense Barbara Vine keeps readers guessing at the victim and the motive, letting the sword of Damocles hang over the heads of a fascinating and richly drawn cast of characters.
In ‘Catamount’ the spectacular natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains has Nora, an English visitor, in awe. She yearns to immerse herself more fully in it and wishes particularly to lay eyes on the elusive mountain lion. But even knowing the dangers, she will be surprised by nature’s own violence.In ‘The Wink’ Jean is old and has seen a lot in life. But as simple a thing as a man winking at her has an upsetting effect, transporting her back to the trials and tribulations of her life, beginning with one sexual scandal at the edges of her memory….Part of the Storycuts series, these two short stories were previously published in the collection Piranha To Scurfy.
Three classic Ruth Rendell stories: Means of Evil, The Fallen Curtain and The Fever Tree.Ruth Rendell is unequalled in her ability to weave stories that challenge our preconceptions and prejudices. From Wexford and Burden’s investigation of a wife’s apparent suicide, with all the evidence pointing to the husband in Means of Evil to the unsettling psychology behind a man’s friendship with a boy in The Fallen Curtain and the paranoia that plagues two people who no longer know how to trust, in The Fever Tree.
In ‘Myth’ the shame of being made redundant seems to have robbed David Meacher of vitality. Then, on a trip abroad, he becomes fascinated with an ancient map of the Garden of Eden. Returning to England, his obsession only increases and even re-energises him…but it is not a force for good.In ‘The Astronomical Scarf’ a magnificent silk scarf, deepest blue and with the constellations of the night-sky patterned in silver across it, is weirdly destined to pass through many hands, and to shape many destinies.In ‘Walter’s Leg’ his grandchildren’s persistent questioning leads Walter to reminisce on a distant childhood escapade — in which he was shot in the leg. The memory provokes a desire to track down the perpetrator, but without a thought for the consequences.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Piranha To Scurfy.