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Book Club Selection > August 2014 Book Read -Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell

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David Gooch | 3988 comments Mod
Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell
Winner of August Main Group Read Vote

"Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an ‘S’ rather than a ‘C’) is superstitious about the number 13. In musty old St. Blaise House, where he is the lodger, there are thirteen steps down to the landing below his rooms, which he keeps spick and span. His elderly landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer, was born in St. Blaise House, and lives her life almost exclusively through her library of books, so cannot see the decay and neglect around her.
The Notting Hill neighbourhood has changed radically over the last fifty years, and 10 Rillington Place, where the notorious John Christie committed a series of foul murders, has been torn down.
Mix is obsessed with the life of Christie and his small library is composed entirely of books on the subject. He has also developed a passion for a beautiful model who lives nearby — a woman who would not look at him twice.
Both landlady and lodger inhabit weird worlds of their own. But when reality intrudes into Mix’s life, a long pent-up violence explodes."

Discussion Leader is Mary

message 2: by Mary (last edited Aug 02, 2014 08:35PM) (new)

Mary (broomemarygmailcom) Welcome-I am hoping for a good discussion of this book this month. I have liked Ruth Rendell ever since I found her books quite a long time back. She is equally good at police/detective stories as she is with the dark, creepy ones. This one seems to be the latter although I am just starting the book. Anyway, hope you will jump in if you have anything to say.

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Clarissa Draper (clarissa_draper) | 119 comments Mod
I can't wait to start reading the book!

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Judith | 560 comments I get on better with the Wexford series, I can never get to grips with her others.

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Bill Kupersmith | 560 comments Mod
Just got a copy from the univ lib & found Ludovic Kennedy's classic true crime Ten Rillington Place as well.

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David Gooch | 3988 comments Mod
Must say I read this a good while back now then I saw the TV version.

Thank god I had read the book first it is far superior to the TV adaptation although I did think the young man who played Cellini carried it rather well.

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