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The Bridesmaid / To Fear A Painted Devil

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Philip Wardman, an ordinary young man, sports one eccentricity: a neurotic fear of violence and death. Like Ferdinand, he likes to smell the flowers, particularly those in his mother's garden, where stands a statue of the goddess Flora, who over time has come to represent all the female virtues.

Imagine Philip's consternation when, at his sister's wedding, he encounters a

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This review is only for To Fear A Painted Devil (I haven't yet read The Bridesmaid).

Not the strongest of Rendell's novels, though it was only her second attempt, so this must be taken into account. The plot - about a death of a man following a dinner party and an attack of wasps - reminded me of the more set-piece driven Agatha Christie novels. Not necessarily a bad thing, but still not as deep and intelligent as Rendell's best. However, the novel does provide an intriguing insight into the poli
I've finished The Bridesmaid and I didn't enjoy it all that much. The book feels dated. It's like a hundred pages in before it even gets to what the book is about. I hated Senta. She was a total nutcase. Philp was so pathetic. He was sooo in love with her after what, two days? I'd have been out of there after she attacked me. And why did she get so upset when he didn't belive that she died her hair? Even tho it was a stupid thing to question since no one's hair is silver. I found myself getting ...more
Slow and predictable.
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A.K.A. Barbara Vine

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, who also wrote under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, was an acclaimed English crime writer, known for her many psychological thrillers and murder mysteries.
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