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The Rottweiler

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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 collection of eccentric individuals. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2003)
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LJ
THE ROTTWEILER (Mystery-London-Cont) – Okay
Rendell, Ruth - Standalone
Arrow Books, 2004 – Paperback
Antique storeowner Inez Ferry, is a young widow who takes in tenants. However, one of them is not as they seem. A serial killer is on the loose.
*** There were too many characters, and none of them really stood out. Once I knew the killer, it was hard for me to care about the rest of the book.. It was well plotted, although the ending was anti-climatic. It was okay, but I just wasn't that impressed....more
Elizabeth
Better than Babes in the Wood, but not much more. I think I'm through reading Rendell. I love British mystery writers, but there are others who "spin a much better yarn". I cut my teeth on Agatha Christie MANY years ago when I was a pre-teen. I read (and collected) all the books I could get my hands on. She's still a classic to me. P.D.James is also one of my absolute favorites. I'm sorry, but Rendell just can't compete for me.
Tony
THE ROTTWEILER. (2003). Ruth Rendell. ****.
This is a psychological suspense story from Ms. Rendell, typical of what she is best known for in the trade. It is not an Inspector Wexford novel, but a stand-alone mystery. It centers around the boarders in a rooming house owned by a woman who runs an antique/junk shop out of the ground floor. Each of the tenants has their own story to tell, and each tells it in his or own way. The binding story for the group is about “the Rottweiler,” a serial killer...more
Jill Hutchinson
This book is not part of the Wexford series....instead it takes place in a busy little antique shop on a quiet street in London. The owner, Inez, also lives there and rents three flats on the upper floors to a strange mix of people. A young man of very limited intelligence who works for a builder; a Russian (or not) woman who has a much younger boyfriend living with her; and an apparently successful self-employed computer analyst.

A man, nicknamed the Rottweiler, who kills young women with a gar...more
Carol
If I gave myself any challenge this reading year it was to try some of the grand dames of mystery writing. I feel almost guilty that I have never read a Rendell book. I'm not mentioning any others until I actually read a book by those authors. I preferred to try a stand alone and recent novel rather than one of the Wexford's. I feel I have more chance of reading another of these as I'm not much for series fiction.

I knew going in that that I would use McDermid and Walters as my benchmarks for en...more
James Barnard
I worry about myself sometimes. I hadn’t even remembered I’d read this one until I chanced on my diaries from 2005 and saw I’d written about how much I’d enjoyed it. It didn’t bring the memories flooding back, and nor did my re-reading of it recently. I know I did read it, but I can’t have been paying proper attention. Because this is an example of Ruth Rendell at her best – and Rendell at her best is fantastic indeed.

As with so many of her books which don’t feature Wexford, I couldn’t help thin...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I gave up on this one eventually, I felt it dragged and life is way too short to waste on any further pages. Too much emphasis on the cast of characters lives, too much time spent in an antiques shop, blah, blah, I just got bored.
WordsBeyondBorders
A serial killer is on the loose in London, apparently leaving his victims with a bite mark (hence the nickname 'The Rottweiler') and taking a personal item of the victim. But this is not the whole truth as the bite mark is a kind of urban legend with only the first victim having it (and that too by her boyfriend). But as the media doesn't usually care for niceties such as the truth and is more concerned with the level of sensation a news can create, it continues referring to the killer as 'The R...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Rotweiler, by ruth Rendell. A-minus. Narrated by Jennifer McMann and produced by Books on Tape

Inez owns an antique shop with apartments above which are rented to some very strange tenants. Ludmilla, who has a pronounced Slavic accent, and who has been married several times, now lives with Freddy Perfect, an honest man, Inez thinks, but a fool. Will is developmentally delayed and lives alone but with his aunt available any time he needs help. Jeremy Quick lives on the upper floor. Inez comes...more
Kellie
This was painful. The storyline: Inez, an antique shop owner, is the landlord of a group of quirky characters. A serial killer is on the loose and the suspect may be one of them. I was under the impression that this was a murder mystery. Technically, it may be. I think the author was focused more on character development than plot. There are problems with this. Number one, I didn’t like ANY of the characters. Not one. They were all weird. Inez, the owner, was obsessed with her dead husband and w...more
Elsje
Het verhaal: in een Londense volksbuurt wordt een aantal meisjes vermist. Zij worden een voor een teruggevonden, vermoord. Over de moordenaar doet het verhaal de ronde dat hij zijn slachtoffers bijt alvorens ze een kleinood af te nemen, vandaar dat hij/zij al snel de Rottweiler genoemd wordt.

Het mysterie lijkt iets te maken hebben met Inez Ferry, de eigenaresse van een antiekwinkeltje en haar bizarre kostgangers: zo is er de licht verstandelijk gehandicapte Will, die het liefst bij zijn tante Be...more
Stephen
Ruth Rendell is one of England's great mystery writers. She writes a detailed nuanced thriller requiring your undivided attention.
Inez Ferry has never gotten over the loss of her beloved husband, Martin. Martin was the star of an English mystery series and when feeling particularly sad, she puts on old tapes of Martin's series, Inspector Forsyth. But life goes on and Inez runs a small antique business is London, 'Star Antiques '. To supplement her income, she rents out the upper floors of her h...more
Nolan
Looking for a psychological mystery as only the master of the genre can create them? If so, you would do well to give this one a read.

All of London is terrorized by a serial killer the media have named “The Rottweiler” because one of his victims appears to have been bitten, and police initially assume the killer performed the bight. There seems to be no pattern to the killer’s victims. The only commonality they have is that all are women, and all are relatively youthful. Not all of them are slim...more
Jennifer Ready
I am not a die-hard mystery reader, although I do like the occasional mystery, and this is my first Ruth Rendell novel. I can't say that it made me want to read more of her work.

The Rottweiler revolves around a small antique store in London. The characters who work in, visit, and hang around the shop are the key to a series of murders in the city. Mistakenly dubbed "the Rottweiler" because a bite mark appeared on his first victim, the murderer garrotes young women and removes trinkets from thei...more
Anna
In The Rottweiler, Ruth Rendell presents several quirky characters who live in a rooming house owned by Inez Ferry. On the first floor is her an antique shop Inez, the owner, is a widow; Zeinab works for Inez and is courted by two men who shower her with gifts - expensive jewelry and gifts which she sells. Will, one of the tenants, is mentally challenged and works for Keith fixing up flats for rent. Will’s aunt Becky feels guilty for not allowing him to live with her. While she loves him, she gu...more
Vanessa
Apparently I am not much of a Ruth Rendell enthusiast, so take my opinion with a grain of salt if you really like her. This was the second book I read by her. The first was "The Water's Lovely" which I picked up at random from the local library. I really didn't enjoy that book, but when I came to rate it online, I saw that it was one of her lowest rated books. So I figured I would give her another shot.

Maybe the problem is that I am not all that into psychological thrillers - I wasn't aware of t...more
Laura
I'd have given this another star if not for the ending. Rendell has this gag where she summarizes what happens to the characters in the near future after the novel's ending. Sort of like those credits at the end of bio-pics: Henry Hill went into FBI witness relocation and was never heard from again. It's interesting when done in the movies about real-life characters, but it's irritating when done about fictional characters. I realized just tonight after finishing this one that she doesn't do tha...more
Marigold
I'm a big Rendell fan so had to pick this up when I found it used at Powell's. This wasn't one of her best, but a Bad Rendell is better than most any other mystery writer, so...! This really has nothing to do with Rottweilers. A serial killer gets the name by mistake when one of the victims is found with bite marks on her neck. The story focuses on a small London antique shop & the collection of eccentrics who live in the flats above. I love Rendell eccentrics! The identity of the killer is...more
Michael
Inez Ferry runs a small antique shop is London, and rents out the upper floors of her house to a multinational group of tenants. A series of murders targeting young women take place in the same neighborhood Inez’s antique shop is located. The first victim found had a bite mark on her neck, and from then on the killer was known as “The Rottweiler”. Surprisingly one day a piece of jewelry from on of the victims shows up in Inez’s shop, which raises the police’s attention as they start investigatin...more
Amanda Patterson
I have read every Ruth Rendell book ever written. I also enjoy her novels when she writes as Barbara Vine. I rate A Sight for Sore Eyes as her best book. It has a permanent place on my top 26 books of all time. I believe that The Rottweiller gives it a run for its money. Inez, runs an antique store cum block of apartments in London. She pines for her late actor husband and regularly watches reruns of his TV show. The tenants in her building are peculiar to say the least. Rendell’s gift is to mak...more
Clarissa Draper
It started out amazing. I was intrigued by the variety of characters and how Rendell makes us love them all. However, it disappointed me that we found out who the Rottweiler was half way through and the characters all disappointed me in the end.
Linda Boyd
Very strange story with lots of strange characters. Inez is a antique shop owner that has flats (apartments) on top of it and she rents them out to 3 or 4 people. Their lives intertwine a little because Inez is the shop owner in addition to being their landlord, but they are all very strange including Inez. Will is mildly retarded, but he lives alone and has a job, his aunt Becky takes care of him from a distance, and she is a lawyer along with being a guilt ridden drunk. Jeremy has his own set...more
Aguess
Ruth Rendell is a master of psychological crime fiction. In this case I think what is going on in her other characters heads is more interesting than the slow churnings of the murderer on his motivations. I think the loneliness of both Becky and Inez is palpable. They were truly the heart of the novel even though they are peripheral to the murderer. I didn't like the epilogue. A good novel should leave you wondering about where the characters will end up, not fill in all the blanks. Especially w...more
Annalee
It took me weeks to read this, not a good sign. Ruth Rendell writes a lot of books and some are superb and some are just...not. This was one of the 'nots' in my opinion. The characterisation was good, and it helped that the book was set in the very area of London I once lived, but the plot, and the inevitable and predictable conclusion made it a bit of a yawn.

It didn't help that I didn't like any of the characters, except perhaps Beccy, who was around my age but who's life was slowly being erode...more
Christine
A somewhat meandering London slice-of-life novel that happens to include a killer. Without a strong central character, it didn't hold together for me.
Jeri
I love mystery novel, and I've enjoyed other books by Rendell, but this one didn't keep my interest. I'm interested in the mystery, not the psyche of the killer, and particularly not in following him around. In fact, I much prefer to follow the detectives (police or amateur) and know only what they know (as opposed to the omniscient point of view where the reader knows a lot more than the people trying to solve the case). I think it is because it is the process of detection, and the effects of t...more
Fang
This was my first Ruth Rendell and I have recently developed an interest for murder mysteries however I was disappointed by the mediocre storyline! True, the thoughts of Jeremy and Becky were very interesting, but I found Rendell's writing style confusing and quite tedious. Won't be reading another of her novels!
Laura
This is an unusual crime story. There's no detective or policeman as a protagonist, and the book alternates the happenings of different people connected to an antique trade shop. This point of view is very original and interesting.
Sad to say, the murderer is revealed in the half of the book, that loses its suspense. Also, the ending is a bit disappointing because all the different happenings of the protagonists remain separated, don't converge.
Anyway the story is pleasant to read and the prota...more
Erin
This is the first book by Ruth Rendell that I have read, and I will look for more of her works to delve into.

The book is really more on an ensemble piece, with the serial killer angle playing a strong role, but by no means the only dominant one. I really enjoyed the detailed personalities of each of the cast members.

This is also the source of my one complaint. There was an overall inconsistency in character development- in most aspects the characters were intelligent, but they had below-avarage...more
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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, is an acclaimed English crime writer, known for her many psychological thrillers and murder mysteries.
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