A wonderfully creepy suburban thriller from the world's best living crime writer and author of bestselling psychological mysteries, including Thirteen Steps Down and Tigerlily's Orchids
Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, was published in October 2015.
The talents of novelist Rendell (The Keys to the Street, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/15/97) and narrator Nicky Henson combine to create a terrifically entertaining tale of murder, missteps, and unexpected consequences. Stanley is supported by his wife, Vera; as he completes his beloved crossword puzzles, he dreams of getting his hands on his mother-in-law's money at her death. So why not help her along? But par for the course for Stanley, events do not turn out as he planned. Hanson's ability to carry on conversations between Stanley (at turns dour and belligerent) and the naggingly shrill Vera with perfectly realized voices is remarkable, and his vocalizations for the other characters are no less inspired. Altogether a delightful production and essential for all fiction collections.‘Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC
One Across, Two Down, first published in 1971, shows her skill at provoking horrid laughter was there from the start. * Evening Standard (summer reads) *