Life in the well-manicured London locale of Hexam Place is not as placid and orderly as it appears. Behind the tranquil gardens and polished entryways, relationships between servants and their employers are set to combust.Henry, the handsome valet to Lord Studley, is sleeping with both the Lord's wife and his university-age daughter. Montserrate, the Still family's lazy au pair, is helping to hide Mrs. Still's illicit affair with a television actor--for a small fee. June, the haughty housekeeper to a princess of dubious origin, is hard at work forming a "society" for servants to address complaints about their employers. Meanwhile, a disturbed gardener, Dex, believes a voice in his cellphone is giving him godlike instructions--that could endanger the lives of all who reside in Hexam Place.A deeply observed and suspenseful update to the upstairs/downstairs genre, The St. Zita Society is Ruth Rendell at her incisive best.
The St. Zita Society book. A disappointing effort from the so named "Queen of Crime", Ruth Rendell, The Saint Zita Society is spectacularly lacking in suspense and with a decidedly contrived cast and premise.
He was tall and sturdy, handsome like the majority of those from that part of the world where he was born, with a strong aquiline face rather softened by his black beard.
He was tall and sturdy, handsome like the majority of those from that part of the world where he was born, with a strong aquiline face rather softened by his black beard English country gentleman, even though the Belgrave Nursery was in the heart of Victoria, and today he wore fawn-coloured cavalry twill trousers, a brushed cotton check shirt with dark green knitted tie, and a lighter green tweed jacket with leather pads on the elbows
Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, (born 17 February 1930), who also writes under .
Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, (born 17 February 1930), who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, is an English best-selling mystery and psychological crime writer. In many of these books the protagonists are severely socially isolated and disadvantaged and the writer explores the ways in which their circumstances adversely impact on them as well as their victims in a vivid, convincing and spellbinding manner. These books include "A Judgement In Stone", "The Face of Trespass", "Live Flesh", "Talking to Strange Men", "The Killing Doll", "Going Wrong" and "Adam and Eve and Pinch Me".
Certainly, her latest book, The Saint Zita Society (Hutchinson, £1. 9), works best as a portrait of modern London . Rendell hasn’t perhaps kept up with the latest anti-racist fashions, happy as she is to generalise about such things as ‘the Caribbean ready sense of humour’.
The murders, when they finally happen, not only go unsolved, but even largely uninvestigated. Yet, she remains as good as ever at the careful delineation of social hierarchies, both obvious and hidden. Nor has her eye lost any of its famous steeliness. Zita Society : A Novel. INCLUDES AN EXCERPT OF RENDELL S FINAL NOVEL, DARK CORNERS 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 ). Zita Society: A . .has been added to your Cart. 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.
The Saint Zita Society is the 62nd novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell, a standalone novel. It is not part of her popular Inspector Wexford series
The Saint Zita Society is the 62nd novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell, a standalone novel. It is not part of her popular Inspector Wexford series. The novel takes its title from the patron saint of maids and domestic servants, Saint Zita, and as such the plot focuses on the relationship between the servants employed by the wealthy residents of a luxurious London street, and their moral and immoral activities.
Her latest, The Saint Zita Society, is an impressive addition to the sub-genre. PUBLISHED: 00:00, Sun, Jul 1, 2012. Her latest, The Saint Zita Society, is an impressive addition to the sub-genre. The Saint Zita Society by Ruth Rendell.
When I began to read The Saint Zita Society I could not remember all the characters, so many were introduced . To that extent I found it entertaining, if predictable.
When I began to read The Saint Zita Society I could not remember all the characters, so many were introduced one after the other. So, I wrote them all down together with where they lived. In the first 30 pages I counted 28 characters. As usual with Ruth Rendell’s books the characters are a mix of odd personalities, with even the most ‘normal’ ones, revealing their idiosyncrasies – a reflection of real society, I suppose! The Saint Zita Society is the brainchild of June (78 years old and the paid companion of the wealthy Princess Susan Hapsburg, 82 years old) who lives at No. 6 Hexham Place, along with Gussie the dog). Zita Society,’ by Ruth Rendell, and More. As often happens in Rendell’s novels of psychological suspense, characters are undone by their own obsessions. But these meltdowns are executed with such stealth and subtlety that the psychic cracks aren’t visible - until suddenly they are. So there will be blood and tears, but in unexpected quarters. The third voice is that of Jamie Madden, the pregnant friend who becomes Gretchen’s literary executor after someone shoves her down a flight of stairs.