The St. Zita Society

The St. Zita Society

by Ruth Rendell
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The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell


This captivating novel about residents and servants on one block of a posh London street is a “sex comedy and a social satire, of the ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ variety, with a few murders mixed in for our added delight” (The Washington Post Book World).

Life on Hexam Place appears orderly on the outside: drivers take their employers to and from work, dogs are walked, flowers are planted in gardens. But beneath this tranquil veneer, this quintessentially London world of servants and their masters is set to combust. Henry, the handsome valet to Lord Studley, is sleeping with both the Lord’s wife and his university-age daughter. Montserrat, the Still family’s lazy au pair, assists Mrs. Still in keeping secret her illicit affair with a television actor—in exchange for pocket cash. June, the haughty housekeeper to a princess of dubious origin, tries to enlist her fellow house-helpers into a “society” to address complaints about their employers. Meanwhile, Dex, the disturbed gardener to several families on the block, thinks a voice on his cell phone is giving him godlike instructions—commands that could imperil the lives of all those in Hexam Place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451666694
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 257
Sales rank: 1,249,137
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writ­ers’ Association. Her remarkable career spanned a half century, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she was one of the great literary figures of our time.

Date of Birth:

February 17, 1930

Place of Birth:

London, England


Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex

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The St. Zita Society 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
HarrietteWilson More than 1 year ago
Ruth Rendell delivers another tale of psychological suspense. This time, the secrets, clashes of cultures, and class tensions in a fancy London neighborhood turn deadly. Crisply written as ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of her least readable books I have yet read. Boring plot and boring characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating as always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NEED A TELEPHONE DIRECTORY TO FOLLOW! Could not read through as it jumped between totally unconnected characters... Avoid.
xuxuLM More than 1 year ago
Ruth Rendell delights us again. A very good suspensful novel in a very well described ambiance.
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I have read 25 pages, hard to keep up, too much $$ for a book w/only 235 pages, bummer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to write a review but I never received this book or another Rendell novel, One Up, Two Down.