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The Copper Peacock and Other Stories

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The bestselling author of The Bridesmaid and winner of three Edgars, three Daggers, and a special National Book Award presents nine chilling, new stories of psychological suspense and mystery. "Undoubtedly one of the best writers of English mystery".--Los Angeles Times.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Warner Books (NY) (first published January 1st 1980)
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Laila
3.5 stars.

Rendell is a master of the short story - especially unsettling ones. The one about the cat lady, Long Live the Queen, is one of the creepiest short stories I've ever read. And I like cats.
Amy
Oct 24, 2008 Amy added it
I haven't read short stories in a while. She really is staying away from tidying up all the loose ends in this one. More like "choose your own ending." Like life, I suppose.
Renee
Dec 16, 2013 Renee rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Rendell packs a lot into a short story. Minimal pages, maximum impact.
Kirsti
I enjoyed rereading these. Not as enthralling as her novels, though.
Joanne
Good stories, especially the title one.
Deanne
A good collection of short stories.
Kasey Jueds
Hard to think of anything about the amazing and incredible Ruth Rendell that I haven't already written before. I love her, she's a genius, I hope she lives forever, etc. These stories are dark and smart and completely compelling--in part because Rendell is such an incredible stylist, and in part because she has such a profound and often startling understanding of human nature. I especially noticed, in this book, her skill with unattractive narrators. The one in the title story is a great example...more
Antonia
An engaging collection of darkly-humored stories that reflect the author's quirky understanding of human nature!
Robert
The Copper Peacock and Other Stories
by Ruth Rendell
There are nine Stories in this book . I must say that I enjoyed reading them . But it would not be a book I would get again . The stories are all a bit dark . If you are like me you enjoy darker books . I found a few of the books a it sad , and all have to do with death one way or anther . So if your looking for a quick read , that is a bit on the darker side . I think you would enjoy this one .
Sharonm
This was short stories, not my favorite, but well executed by Rendell. The stories were each somewhat ironic and I found the twists very interesting. The people in these stories were not terribly sympathetic, but were well drawn given the short story format.
Jenn
Typically, I didn't love all of the short stories, but I liked them all. I particularly liked Long Live the Queen (an interesting take on the "cat lady") and An Unwanted Woman.

Audio Review: It was expertly read by actress Penelope Keith.
Kristal Cooper
The audiobook format failed me on this one. The big twist at the end of each story must have been a little reference back to some detail I missed while I was paying more attention to traffic than the narrator.
Robert
An excellent collection of short stories read by Donada Peters. I've listened to several read by Ms. Peters and this is, for me, easily her best performance I've so far encountered.
Megan
Not her strongest collection, but still solid and a few of them-- A Pair of Yellow Lilies, Paperwork and The Fish-Sitter-- were excellent.
Sarah
This is a great collection of suspense short stories from one of my favorite contemporary British authors, Ruth Rendell.
Melissa
Short stories, strange, raw, storybookish
Dana
Always worth reading Ms Rendell.
Biddy
great short stories each with a twist.
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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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