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A Spot of Folly

Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem
Written by: Ruth Rendell
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Previously uncollected and unpublished: new short stories from a master of psychological suspense.

New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness.

Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are 10 (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time.

In these tales, a businessman boasts about cheating on his wife, only to find the tables turned. A beautiful country rectory reverberates to the echo of a historical murder. A compulsive liar acts on impulse, only to be lead inexorably to disaster. And a wealthy man finds there is more to his wife's kidnapping than meets the eye.

Atmospheric, gripping and never predictable, this is Ruth Rendell at her inimitable best.

The stories are: 'Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror'; 'A Spot of Folly'; 'The Price of Joy'; 'The Irony of Hate'; 'Digby's Wives'; 'The Haunting of Shawley Rectory'; 'A Drop Too Much'; 'The Thief'; 'The Long Corridor of Time'; 'In the Time of his Prosperity'; and 'Trebuchet'.

©2017 Selection copyright (c) Tony Medawar (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 04-11-17

Good, but not vintage Rendell

Lovely to have a few final stories from Ruth Rendell but they were no up there with her best works. A couple of them were slow and repetitive and the ghost stories rather weak.

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  • Paul D
  • 29-05-19

A work part formed

A mixed bag of "short" stories, some very short others a little too long. I have always enjoyed the writing of Ruth Rendell and this was no exception however I did find them rather a mixed bag. The good ones were very good and the weaker ones were . . . . . rather weak. Rambling at times with too much information offered towards an already predictable conclusion, Also the book got of to a bad start - I do hate personality forwards particularly those that nothing to the writing beyond an "aren't they wonderful" and reflected glory "I discovered them . . .". Yucky yuck.

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  • Sweetpea
  • 29-07-18

Dire

As a massive fan of Ruth Rendell, I couldn’t wait to listen to these previously unpublished short stories. But what a disappointment! They were awful. Not even excellent narration could reprieve them. I think Ms Rendell had left them unpublished for a reason......