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  • A spine-tingling anthology by the New York Times–bestselling author and master of “psychological insight . . . and, not infrequently, teeth-chattering terror” (The New York Times).   These never-before-collected stories by Ruth Rendell—the...


  • A spectacularly compelling story of blackmail, murders both accidental and opportunistic, and of one life’s fateful unraveling from Ruth Rendell -- “one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation” (People) -- writing at her most acute a...


  • From crime legend Ruth Rendell, a psychologically intriguing novel about an old murder that sends shockwaves across a group of astonishingly carnal and appetiteful elderly friends: “Refined, probing, and intelligent…never less than a pleasure” ...


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    From crime legend Ruth Rendell, the gripping new novel in her beloved (USA Today) Inspector Wexford series, which will soon mark its fiftieth anniversary A female vicar named Sarah Hussain is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Max...


  • From three-time Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Ruth Rendell comes a captivating and expertly plotted tale of residents and servants on one block of a posh London street -- and the deadly ways their lives intertwine. Life for the residents and ...


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    In the stunning climax to Rendell's classic A Sight for Sore Eyes, three bodies -- two dead, one living -- are entombed in an underground chamber beneath a picturesque London house. Twelve years later, when a manhole cover is pulled back, the house's...


  • When Stuart Font decides to throw a house-warming party in his new flat he invites everyone in his building. The party will be one everyone remembers. But not for the right reasons.... Living opposite, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful...


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    The Monster in the Box is the latest addition to Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series. In this enthralling new book, Rendell, takes Inspector Wexford back to his first murder case -- a woman found strangled in her bedroom. Outside the crime scen...


  • From crime fiction's reigning queen comes a diabolically intricate tale that weaves together the lives of very different people in the vibrant part of London known as Portobello. Fifty-year-old Eugene Wren inherited from his father an art gallery ...






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    Searching for truffles in a wood, a man and his dog unearth something less savoury -- a human hand. The body, as Chief Inspector Wexford is informed later, has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton shroud. The post mortem cannot...


  • Weeks went by when Ismay never thought of it at all. Then something would bring it back or it would return in a dream. The dream always began in the same way. She and her mother would be climbing the stairs, following Heather's lead through the be...


  • From the author of End in Tears comes a chilling thriller for “Quick Reads” — books for emergent readers, published as part of the UK’s World Book Day Adult Literacy Initiative 2006.What you do in childhood may come back to haunt you. Stealin...


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    The award-winning author of Babes in the Woods and The Rottweiler brings us another gripping Inspector Wexford novel.A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The dr...


  • From the multi-award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler, a chilling new novel about obsession, superstition, and violence, set in Rendell’s darkly atmospheric London.Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an ‘S’ rather th...


  • The first victim had bite marks on her neck so the London papers nicknamed her killer, “the Rottweiler.” He has been stalking the small and diverse London community of Lisson Grove, where Inez Ferry runs an antique shop frequented by a motley col...


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    With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy....


  • Minty’s boyfriend, Jock, was killed in the disastrous train wreck at Paddington, shortly after he borrowed all her savings. Now he has come back to haunt her. Zillah lost her estranged husband, Jerry, in that same accident. She is not convinced he ...


  • Nine deliciously frightening and exquisitely crafted tales of psychological terror from Ruth Rendell.A self-appointed critic reads books only to catch out their errors of fact and usage, which he points out to their authors in vicious letters: Then o...


  • Stories in the Travelman Short Stories series take the reader to places of mystery, fantasy, horror, romance, and corners of the universe yet unexplored. In turn, readers take them on the bus or subway, slip them into briefcases and lunchboxes, and s...


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    The search for the body commenced. Then the victim walked into town.Behind the picture-postcard façade of Kingsmarkham lies a community rife with violence, betrayal, and a taste for vengeance. When sixteen-year-old Lizzie Cromwell reappears no one k...



  • Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life. Harriet is a beautiful, bored trophy wife who employs a series of repairmen for her sexual satisfaction. And Francine is a college student who witnessed her...





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    The woods outside of Kingsmarkham were lovely, dark, and deep. And they were about to vanish forever when the new highway cut through them. While Chief Inspector Wexford privately despaired about the loss of his hiking grounds, local residents and ou...


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    Ever since its creation, the Crime Writers’ Association has championed the very best in murder and mystery. Now, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this esteemed organization, Mysterious Pleasures showcases the short stories of some of its most...


  • MISSING PERSONS Each of the murdered men was found impaled on the spiked fence around Regent's Park. Except for one, all were street people - like Pharoah the Key Man - whose real identities had vanished with their descent into the city's undersi...


  • in Women On the Case

    Crime and detection are women's work for twenty-six great writers in this second brilliant collection of mystery fiction edited by Sara Paretsky. From wicked irony and white-collar crime in Amanda Cross's "The Baroness," to the chilling "Only a Woman...






  • Hailed by Patricia Cornwell as "unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time, " Ruth Rendell now delivers an all-new collection of long- and short-story mysteries. As always with Rendell, these stories of mystery and wrongdoing shine t...


  • One of the world's most acclaimed mystery writers presents an anthology of literary depictions of murder that delves into the human passions, terrors, and foibles that incite the act and linger in its wake. Includes such writers as Sophocles, Shakesp...


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    THE LADY VANISHES No one admitted to spotting the doctor's missing daughter--even after the murders began. Melanie Akande, eschewing privilege, had insisted on going to the jobsearch office to find employment. But between that office and the bus sto...


  • A daughter's grief . . . A mother's madness . . . And a daring act of love that defied every law . . . “The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world.”—The Boston GlobeMopsa, driven by a past scarred by madness and violence. B...


  • An anthology of original mysteries in which mothers of all kinds play every conceivable role, from sleuth to victim, celebrates Mother's Day in a collection featuring works by Ruth Rendell, Bill Crider, Barbara Collins, and other notable mystery writ...


  • A mother and daughter live quietly in the rustic gatehouse of Shrove House, an isolated British estate. Their life seems perfectly ordinary except that daughter Liza has been kept isolated from the outside world all of her sixteen years. And that s...


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    The blood hod turned the white damask tablecloth a terrible bright red. Later the newspapers would call the triple murder in the magnificent Kingsmarkham country home the "Tancred House massacre." When Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford arrived at the ...



  • Five short mystery stories featuring Detective Chief Inspector Wexford involve challenging cases ranging from a suspicious suicide and a strange incident of child abduction to a bizarre murder in Yugoslavia...



  • TILL DEATH DO US JOIN...Ever since they ran with the same London teenage gang Guy Curran has loved Leonora Chisholm passionately. He was a slum kid, and her parents lived in tasteful Kensington; she went to university while he made his jet-set fortun...


  • Philip Wardman, a young man with an abnormal fear of violence and death, meets beautiful and mysterious Senta, a bridesmaid in his sister's wedding, who insists that he prove his love to her by committing a murder...



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    Who would garrote a middle-aged housewife and leave her body in the parking garage of a suburban shopping mall? Chief Inspector Wexford is no sooner on the case than off it -- a car bomb's explosion lands him in the hospital. It's now up to Mike B...


  • It was his third visit to the gloomy house on Orchard Drive. Each time, he parked in the same place. Each time, he carried a briefcase. And each time, Louise North greeted him at the door . Susan Townsend was the only resident with no interest in the...


  • Safe houses and secret message drops, double crosses and defections - it sounds like the stuff of sophisticated espionage, but the agents and moles are schoolboys engaged in harmless play. John Creevey doesn't know this. To him, the messages he p...


  • Sixteen-year-old Elvira's mother is dead. Elvira is sad, of course, but not so sad as her younger sister Spinny. Spinny is afraid their father, Luke, will be heartbroken, but Elvira knows better -- after all, Luke has her to take her mother's place. ...



  • After ten years in prison for shooting -- and permanently crippling -- a young policeman, Victor Jenner is released to a strange new world and told to make a new life for himself. It's hard to fill the days, but at least there's one blessing -- he wa...







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    Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford -- a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. But when another woman reports that her husband is missing, the case turns unpleasantly complex. A...


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    Chief Inspector Wexford is in China, visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists. After their return to England, one of his fellow tourists is found murdered. As he questions other members of the group, Wexford finds secrets o...


  • Wealthy Alice Whittaker -- now Alice Fielding -- is known for her generosity, and when her friend Nesta vanishes Alice is determined to find her and help her. If that means money, well, Alice has plenty of it.Then Alice starts to feel sick -- a virus...


  • In a shabby London suburb, sixteen-year-old Pup Yearman dabbles in magic. But for Pup's older sister Dolly, the magic is more than dabbling. Deformed by a facial birthmark, Dolly desperately wants to be cured, and her obsession with Pup's magic sends...



  • A crime novel in which four members of one family are shot dead one Valentine's Day by their housekeeper, who is arrested for the crime two weeks later, but the tragedy neither begins nor ends there. From the author of THE REASON WHY, SIMISOLA and TH...



  • Stephen Whalby loves to walk the moor. He considers it his, although he and his young wife Lyn are merely tenants in a flat nearby. But the senseless and frightening murder of a young woman invades Stephen's sense of privacy and pollutes his beloved ...


  •    A stranger lures a child into his car with the promise of sweets. A young man spots his   fiancée’s double in a public park of ill repute. An executive visits the secluded home of a former employee whose intentions are frightfully unclear....


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    Sir Manuel Camargue, yesterday one of the most celebrated musicians of his time, today floats face down in the lake near his sprawling English country house. The consensus is accidental death -- but Inspector Wexford knows the stench of murder most f...


  • An accountant shares the large sum of money that he wins with five people, including a cleaning woman who believes she is the reincarnation of Madame Blavatsky and her son who kills people to send them quickly into the astral dimension...


  • A Ruth Rendell mystery, first published in 1979 and shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel in 1980.Alan Groombridge is trapped. Husband to a woman he doesn't like, father to two children he never wanted, and manager of a tiny ...


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  • JUST AN ORDINARY MAN Arthur Johnson. A small, neat, quiet creature of regular habits. Yet Arthur had strange secrets. He found delicious pleasure in venting his rage on his "white lady," the plastic mannequin in the cellar. And, he "murdered" aga...


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    A mutilated body found at a rock festival.In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, until the hideously disfigured body is discovered in a nearby quarry. And soon Wexford is investigating ...


  • in Garden of Deadly Delights

    A DAZZLING BOUQUET OF MYSTERY AND MURDER Here, amid the lush, heady beauty of a garden setting, everything's coming up roses...or turning up corpses. Focusing on crime that flourishes amid the flora, this blooming collection of 19 tales provides m...


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    On a stormy February afternoon, little Stella Rivers disappears and is never seen again. Then, on a warm October day, five-year-old John Lawrence fails to come home, and evil, mad, taunting letters begin, which make the worst, unspoken imaginings a b...


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    EVERYONE LOVED ELIZABETH --including one man who had no right to. For it was clear that the glamorous mistress of Myfleet Manor had slipped away from her husband to meet a secret lover-and had met her death instead. Was her lover the killer? Or w...


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    The stag party was terrific. The incident that followed was terrifying. . . .“The best mystery writer anywere in the English-speaking world.”—The Boston GlobeWho could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be a prelude...


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    It was a brutal, vicious crime -- sixteen years old. A helpless old woman battered to death with an axe. Harry Painter hung for it, and Chief Inspector Wexford is certain they executed the right man. But Reverend Archery has doubts . . . because his ...


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    Chief Inspector Wexford's canny yet compassionate crime-solving has endeared him to readers around the world, earning his creator, Ruth Rendell, the highest praise. In Wolf to the Slaughter-, this much is clear: Anita Margolis is missing. The free-l...


  • THERE WAS NO PROOF A CRIME HAD BEEN COMMITTED BUT EVERYONE WAS A SUSPECT No one liked Patrick Selby. If his death hadn't been so peculiar, no one would have questioned it. But even Dr. Greenleaf who signed the death certificate began to suspect fo...


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    Margaret Parsons isn't the type to surprise anyone, especially not her husband. So when he finds the house empty one evening, he panics. She's always been there when he gets home -- puttering in the garden or standing at the stove fixing him a chop...


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