Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) was an English politician and author of thrillers and mysteries. Rendell began her writing career as a journalist for a local Essex paper. She published her first novel From Doon with Death in 1964, it featured her most famous character Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford. She would go on to write many more books in the Wexford series which were later adapted for television as The Ruth Rendell Mysteries between 1987 and 2000. In 1997 she was created a life peer and sat in the House of Lords. She was the winner of many literary awards including three Edgars and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association.
To Fear a Painted Devilby Ruth Rendell
Gossip in tiny Linchester is raised to new heights when young Patrick Selby dies on the night of his beautiful wife's birthday party. The whole neighborhood was there, witness to the horrible attack of wasps Peter suffered at the end of the evening. But did Peter die of the stings? Dr. Greenleaf thinks not. After all, wasps aren't the only creatures that kill with poison . . .
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- February 17, 1930
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- London, England
- Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex
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A bit different from her other books but still well worth reading
I have read at least 40 Ruth Rendell books over the last 10-12 years. Without a doubt, "To Fear A Painted Devil" was the hardest to comprehend. I finished reading it, but the many confusing characters did not make it an easy read. If you can borrow it from a library, it would save you some money, but it's not worth buying either as a book or a Kindle read.