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  • ISBN 0385671652
  • ISBN13 978-0385671651
  • Language English
  • Author Ruth Rendell
  • Publisher Doubleday Canada (August 28, 2012)
  • Pages 288
  • Formats lit doc txt lrf
  • Category Fiction
  • Size ePub 1141 kb
  • Size Fb2 1145 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 698

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.

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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.

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A huge disappointment! I suppose her age is showing, because the prose is so sloppy, with rambling sentences that cry out for an edit. The premise is implausible: What is Wexford doing in an official murder investigation if he is no longer a member of law enforcement? There are too many characters with too many problems who clutter up the plot needlessly. I was surprised at her anti-Christian rants (no other word comes to mind: it's a rant), and though she always was political in her other books, she really went over the top here. Is it too much to ask from a whodunit, a brief respite from the toxic political climate of today?
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Although he's retired, ex-inspector Reginald Wexford can't break the habit of investigating. Fortunately for him, Inspector Burden, formerly his subordinate and now "the boss," generously invites Wexford in on his latest murder case. The victim is exotic, a lady vicar of mixed Indian and Irish ancestry. Although a widow of many years, the Reverend Sarah Hussain had a teenage daughter from an undisclosed father.

Wexford does everything possible to alienate his friend Burden. He ridicules Burden for wasting time on staff meetings. He disapproves of the man Burden has arrested for the murder. And he pursues his own line of investigation, interviewing all sorts of peripheral people unofficially. I kept wondering why Burden put up with him. But of course Burden needs him, as does the story.

All through this book Wexford is reading Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, as befits a man with too much time on his hands. We are privy to his reflections as he philosophized over the death of Attila or an emperor's vicious pet bears. Wexford feels he's "become insignificant in the great scheme of law and order," yet he's the one who solves the case of the murdered vicar.

There are some compelling interpersonal dramas in the story, which Ruth Rendell handles with her usual flair.

The book is full of realistic characters. But Wexford's character is most realistic of all. At age 83, Rendell is in a good position to write convincingly about getting older while the world keeps getting younger, reading Gibbon while everyone else is on the Internet. I think this is what I liked most about No Man’s Nightingale.
I've loved Ruth Rendell for years and read all of her books with pleasure, but I really has to struggle to finish this one.
I read it in just two days but could not remember who the characters were. I kept going back to check names and even then I was confused.
The description of London neighborhoods was interesting, but I can read a travel book for that.
Many twists in the plot did not make sense as unresolved hints continued to mount.
I still don't understand the red and blue striped tie mentioned in four different places. That never went anywhere and seemed like a mistake. Editing needed!
By the last twenty pages I simply didn't care. The book gave me a headache.
Even the closing sentence was irrelevant. Skip it.
This novel is not for the retired. Whatever you do, if you are thinking of retiring, do not read 'The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', even if you have wanted to read it all the live long day. I have no idea why Ruth Rendell continues to write about Retired DCI Reginald Wexford, she does him no favors.

I really need clarification how an ex-detective in the British Police System, can become part of a murder investigation without any credentials. Would it not ring bells for a lawsuit? Yet, we find ex DCI Wexford at the center of a murder investigation. He has been called by the current DCI Michael Burden to visit the scene of the death of a clergy, Rev. Sarah Hussein. Burden, in this novel, does not seem competent. He rushes to judgement, arrests people for murder without much evidence, makes racist judgements, and is quite worried about how he will be seen by the paparazzi. If it were not for Wexford, would any murderers be found? Throughout the investigation it is Wexford who is the clever, skilled investigator. The one with intuition, the one who most people respect and trust. Should he not come out of retirement, or at least become a consultant with credentials?

The most interesting character in this novel is Maxine. She cleans house for several families, three to be exact, all important people in the community. She babysits and is quite a busy woman earning a living. Maxine is quite competent, however, this woman talks non-stop. She is, of course, the Wexford's housecleaner. Wexford is at home most of the time, reading his book, and she talks to and at him all the time. Instead of asking her to go clean elsewhere or to shut up, Wexford listens or half listens and nods off and on. However, the woman let's slip important information that must be brought to Burden's attention . Of course, when she finds out, what Wexford has done, there is H*** to pay.

There are many characters in this novel, too many to make much sense. I think the author is trying to throw us off course at times. She has indeed brought us into the new age. The use of iPods, iPhones, the issues of sexism, racism, women in the Church, modern clothing, rebellion of young people, new age foods and the introduction of new ways of solving murder mysteries. Thus is all jam packed into a novel that has lost its luster. It started out well, but by page 50, it became a slog at times to get through. The final chapter was a sudden finish to the mystery, and it did not feel well done. Should we give a retirement party for DCI Reg Wexford?

Recommend With Qualms. prisrob 02-16-15