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The Rottweiler

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,851 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
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 Crime/Black Lizard (first published 2003)
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Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Benjamin Bauer
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
A killer known as the Rottweiler is on the prowl. Inez Ferry finds it dreadful, but more dreadful than that are the insipid cons and depressives that orbit her and her little antique shop on Start Street. There's Zeinab, her eternally late employee who's promised her hand in marriage to two different men, despite her boyfriend and two children. Freddy Perfect, the irritatingly friendly boyfriend of one of Inez' upstairs tenants (Did I mention she rents out the upper stories of her building?). Wi ...more
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jill Hutchinson
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
At the very beginning of this past summer, I began searching for excellent books to read. After informing the librarian that I enjoyed psychological thrillers the most, she handed me an armful of suggestions. Once I dwindled down the many books I was given, I settled on a book called "Portobello". It just so happened that the librarian loved the author of that book. She elaborated by telling me that Ruth Rendell was known for being one of the best crime mystery writers. A very typical aspect of ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Review to come soon.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Tried really hard to read this book, but could not get into it at all. Abandoned and did not finish the last half of the book.
Marianne Perry
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-reviewed
Intriguing plot but suspense drawn out. Too much verbal wandering. Character introspection carries on past necessary and becomes redundant. For most part, Ruth Rendell's characters well-developed and book's best feature. The mentally challenged, Will Corbett summons our care and concern as does the nefarious Jeremy Quick-Alexander Gibbons. Re the latter, Rendell arouses our sympathy re his personal history. Zenaib keeps us laughing but also, as her background unfolds, reflecting on her motivatio ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a Wexford mystery, but one of the psychological suspense novels that earned her so many awards. In her later years she wrote several ensemble pieces with eclectic casts of characters and a bit more humor than her readers expected. This offering, from 2002, may have been the first of those novels. She had a way of bringing seemingly unrelated threads together in the end of her books in surprising, satisfying and often ironic ways. This story lacked some of that punch in the end, but s ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Moloch by: Nostro regalo di Natale 2010 per mamma
Sono un po' delusa. Questo è il mio secondo romanzo della Rendell, una delle "regine" del giallo britannico, come sempre si dice, dopo La morte non sa leggere .

Londra, 2002. Un serial killer, soprannominato "Rottweiler", ha ucciso alcune ragazze, trafugando a ciascuna un piccolo oggettino senza valore. A commentare le notizie, ma anche ad intrecciare le loro più o meno complicate, più o meno felici esistenze, sono gli inquilini degli appartamenti di proprietà di Inez Ferry, che al pianterreno d
Jan 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ruth Rendell was a master of the psychological mystery and this one, in my opinion, was her most complex. We are introduced to a widow named Inez who, after many years, still mourns the passing of her second husband who was the love of her life. After his death, Inez opens an antique/second-hand shop in a diversely ethnic section on the outskirts of London. Above the shop, there are four apartments. Inez occupies one; Ludmila, a fading blonde Russian beauty, and her lover Freddy Perfect live in ...more
Jackie Jameson
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel of Ruth Rendell's is one of her funnier reads; in fact, I think it'd make a great popular film, which, if you've read some of her other books, you wouldn't necessarily think of her as that kind of author. I love the, sometimes sick, sense of irony shared by all her novels, but "The Rottweiler" had me laughing aloud in places with its subtle, VERY English, humor. The killer is introduced and known to us early on, which disappointed me at first, but "who" done it, we find out soon, is n ...more
Carol Masciola
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story revolves around the residents of an apartment house in London, which is owned by Inez Ferry, a widow who runs an antique shop on the first floor. A strangler is loose in the area and has killed several young women. Are these stranglings connected to the people in the house? That appears to be the question as the story opens.

I was surprised how poorly it all came together. It builds and builds, with various subplots that seem to portend a connection to the main plot, but which fizzle o
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Norman Smith
Aug 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have read a number of Rendell's books. If this had been the first by her that I had read, it would have also been the last. I might still read some others, but I am not certain.

The problem with this book, for me, was that it was not engaging, and Rendell seemed to have trouble deciding whether it was a farce or a drama. It has elements of both, and both are weak.

The characters were either caricatures or (in the case of the title character), unsympathetic. They were mostly shallow. The characte
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, 2011
I don't think I've ever read a mystery quite like this. One where the story concerns, not so much the whodunnit aspects--since the killer's identity is revealed to the reader quite early on--but a mystery that is concerned with the everyday lives of the people who unknowingly live around the killer and of the killer himself. The book is quite long and involved, with the author successfully juggling multiple story lines, but it was never less than absorbing, since all the characters are believabl ...more
Bill Sanwald
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
I had high hopes for this as Ruth Rendell highly respected in this genre. I just didn't care about the story, the characters, anything. Can anyone point me toward a different novel of hers hat has a good story and interesting characters?
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.
May 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Tedious, boring and ultimately disappointing. Not her best. Oh and Will's so called "girlfriend" was just as special as him, if ya know what I mean!
Dec 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
The unmistakable stench of potboiler wafts around this book. I'm guessing she was a bit short of cash when she penned this one.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Liked it somewhat, except for the Monty Python-esque epilogue -- Rendell was really playing with us (her loyal readers) there. Either that or she was ill and used a ghost writer to wrap things up. Pret-ty ridiculous! And don't look for some big denouement or innovative twists in this novel. Or for any really likable characters, for that matter (ok, except for Will but she pretty much did him dirty, poor guy). Not my favorite Rendell. Not crazy about her "Keys to the Street" either, but even pref ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absorbing read about a serial killer & the influence the murders have on the inhabitants of a group of flats. As the back cover blurb says "Rendell skilfully crafts her characters & they breathe feverishly through her imagination". All the characters are well-written & credible, from Inez, living in the past, unable to let her dead husband go, to Will, a handsome young man but with the mind of a child (Aww...Will & his treasure - such a sad little tale). The rest of the tenant ...more
Anna Hepworth
I really wanted to enjoy this, and I found myself avoiding reading it -- the characters are all just a bit horrid, or a bit innocent, or both. I kept reading somewhat for the horror of a train wreck -- I wanted to see who came a cropper when, and how, but in the end I just couldn't.

I've come to the conclusion that Rendell does a much better job of writing crime fiction when the detective is the viewpoint character, with more of the sense of mystery. Of her books where members of a community are
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Rottweiler of the title refers not to a dog, but rather a mis-named serial killer. There is a wealth of characters here to wonder about, many of them with their own complex (even sad) storylines. The serial killer is garrotting pretty young women with alarming frequency. Inez owns an antique store and the flats above it and the reader becomes enmeshed in the lives of Inez, her tenants and her consistently late employee. Ruth Rendell’s storylines and characters are always complex and this is ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This tale of a serial killer takes place in a London antique shop whose owner is the landlady to a group of odd characters, one of whom is the murderer. We know who he is, but the mystery is why! A perfume is the catalyst that sets him off. The other characters' stories are a running thread that reveal themselves bit by bit.
I never made any sense out of the title. If there was a connection to the story at all, even figuratively, I failed to make it. I would have called it "Libido" after the scen
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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 and above all for Inspector Wexford.
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