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"Combine[s] Edith Wharton's laserlike psychological and sociological notations with the elegance and intelligence Arthur Conan Doyle brought to genre writing…. [She is] the best mystery writer of our time." – The Boston Globe
“Vine is the subtlest of writers, and her book’s quiet demeanor simply adds more nuance to its exquisite creepiness.” –Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"One of the finest practitioners of her craft in the English-speaking world…. [The Blood Doctor is] densely plotted, psychologically twisted." -The New York Times Book Review
“This latest book is her best... suspenseful and intellectually engaging.” –Chicago Tribune
Posted May 11, 2008
When a female author writes in the first person as a man, she deserves some credit, but when she writes so well that you feel you are that man, she deserves a 5-star rating. Wow! This book is loaded with facts and details about genealogy, British Parliament and medical abnormalities while being embroiled with mystery as well. This is my favorite Barbara Vine books, for many reasons. It was very interesting.
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Posted March 2, 2014
Ruth Rendell seems able to write from practically Any point of view and do it well, just one of her many strengths as a writer. I learned so much from this book and enjoyed it greatly
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Posted June 11, 2013