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The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell
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Apr 16, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 13 to 16, 2012

One of Ruth Rendell's greatest talents as a writer is her ability to take familiar elements and mix them together into something fresh and exciting. While this novel may not be quite up to the standard Rendell established in the 70s, 80s and 90s, aspects of THE ST. ZITA SOCIETY will remind faithful Rendell readers of previous novels such as THE KILLING DOLL, ADAM AND EVE AND PINCH ME, and THE LAKE OF DARKNESS, and as one of what I've come to think of as her "London Novels" it makes a fine companion-piece to PORTOBELLO and TIGERLILY'S ORCHIDS.

11/13: Interesting to see the mixed reviews here - reader response here is somewhat less enthusiastic than newspaper and magazine reviews: On both sides of the Atlantic this book got some of the most resoundingly positive reviews of any recent Rendell.

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