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Tigerlily's Orchids

A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in


Ruth Rendell’s novels of London amount to a modern cultural history of the city — a fictional urban archaeology of Holland Park in the hippie-chick era, redbrick terraces before and after the attentions of the “property ladder”.

Jane Jakeman 1

When Stuart Font decides to throw a housewarming party in his new flat, he invites all the people in his building. After some deliberation, he even includes the unpleasant caretaker and his wife.

There are a few other genuine friends on the list, but he definitely does not want to include his girlfriend, Claudia, as that might involve asking her husband. The party will be one everyone remembers. But not for the right reasons.

Notes

Rendell has always excelled at underscoring the grim violence that lurks on the fringes of everyday life, a path she trail-blazed long before other mystery writers. It’s hard to think of another writer in the genre doing this sort of thing so well, and none does it better.

Steve Donoghue 3

Contemporary Reads 4

Footnotes

  1. The Independent 2010 ↩︎

  2. One Minute With Ruth Rendell. Independent 2010. ↩︎

  3. The Washington Post 2011 ↩︎

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