Ruth Rendell knows how to weave a complicated story out of a few simple actions by unrelated persons. Another tale by this British master of mystery.....but it is really not a mystery but a novel of dark doings, obsessions (real or imagined) and colorful, complex characters. The story takes place in London's Portobello Road, home to one of the world's great street markets and a polyglot of nationalities where the affluent and non-affluent live side by side. The characters, representing both sides of society clash resulting in arson, murder, and redemption. This is not the usual dark tale that we expect from Rendell's non-Wexford books and it actually has a fairly happy ending. If you like this author, you will like this book......recommended.