Category Archives: Ruth Rendell

2016: The Favourites as Reading Bingo

One of my favourite bloggers is once again challenging people to play Reading Bingo and another blogging pal has already played the game. Feeling a little left out I thought I would see how many of the 25 squares I could … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie, Amanda Ortlepp (Aus), books of the year, David Owen (Aus), Denise Mina, Doug Johnstone, E.M. Channon, Elly Griffiths, Emily Arsenault, Emily Maguire (Aus), Emma Viskic (Aus), Hans Olav Lahlum, Helen Garner (Aus), Hideo Yokoyama, Jane Harper (Aus), Jock Serong (Aus), Karin Fossum, Larry D. Sweazy, Lou Berney, Melina Marchetta (Aus), Mickey Spillane, Olga Lorenzo (Aus), Ruth Rendell, Shamini Flint, Sulari Gentill (Aus) | 13 Comments

Books of the month: April 2016

Pick of the month Part of me wants to award Hideo Yokoyama’s SIX FOUR book of the month status as it felt like such an achievement to finish it and the last 100 or so pages were very satisfying. But … Continue reading

Posted in Aiofe Clifford (Aus), Allen Eskens, Amanda Ortlepp (Aus), Arthur Upfield, books of the month, Ellery Adams, Hideo Yokoyama, Karin Fossum, Ruth Rendell | 8 Comments

Book vs Adaptation: ROAD RAGE by Ruth Rendell

The book I have a somewhat hit or miss relationship with the writings of Ruth Rendell (and her pseudonyms) which is in part, at least, to do with the time of life during which I was introduced to her rather than any real … Continue reading

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Books of the month: March 2015

Pick of the month Both the quality and quantity of my reading slipped a bit during March, primarily for workload reasons. That pesky day job really does get in the way of a good hobby. Still difficult to pick a … Continue reading

Posted in Anne Buist (Aus), books of the month, Dick Francis, Eva Dolan, Harry Bingham, Katherine Howell (Aus), Philippe Georget, Robert Gott (Aus), Ruth Rendell | 15 Comments

#1967Book – Ruth Rendell’s A NEW LEASE OF DEATH

I rather glibly suggested 1967 for this month’s Past Offences classics challenge because it is the year of my birth. The disconcerting aspect of having books written the year I was born considered classics didn’t hit me until later. Eh … Continue reading

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Books of the Month – October 2011

I didn’t manage a lot of reviewing in October but was lucky enough to have a couple of 5-star reads which means Book of the month is a difficult choice so I’m not going to make it. Tom Franklin‘s Crooked Letter, Crooked … Continue reading

Posted in Alice LaPlante, Arnaldur Indriðason, Barry Maitland (Aus), books of the month, Camilla Lackberg, Carolyn Morwood (Aus), Dan Waddell, Daphne Du Maurier, Denise Mina, John Lawton, Jussi Adler-Olsen, list, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, Nicole Watson (Aus), Ruth Rendell, S J Bolton, Tom Franklin, Yrsa Sigurdardottir | 9 Comments

Review: The Vault by Ruth Rendell

I’ve written before of my teenage self’s rejection of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series and my subsequent luke warm appreciation of the books, but last year I rather enjoyed book 22 of the series, The Monster in the Box, though I … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction Alphabet: E is for Environment

I’m probably more sympathetic to environmental themes than the average reader (I’ve voted Green more than once in my life) but even so I hate being lectured to or preached at. However there are some crime fiction gems among all … Continue reading

Posted in Carl Hiaasen, Clare Francis, Crime Fiction Alphabet, G M Ford, list, Randy Wayne White, Ruth Rendell, William Deverell | 6 Comments

Review: The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell

I wrote last year of my teenage self’s rejection of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series and my subsequent luke warm appreciation of the books, but when the audio book of The Monster in the Box (the 22nd book in the series) was … Continue reading

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My history with Wexford (or timing is everything)

Back in the mid-80’s when I started to look for crime fiction as an adult reader I was a rather strident young university student taking, among my other studies, a course entitled Women in Politics. From memory it covered a … Continue reading

Posted in book review, England, rant or rave, Ruth Rendell | 6 Comments