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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 Crime/Black Lizard (first published 2003)
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Tony
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
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LJ
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.
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Elizabeth
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
Carol
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
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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
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Amalia
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.
Karen
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
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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
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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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