The Copper Peacock and Other Stories Here from top international mystery writer Ruth Rendell are nine new stories one starring the astute Inspector Wexford that turn a microscope on the tortuous pathways of the human mind and the merci

  • Title: The Copper Peacock and Other Stories
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780892964659
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Here, from top international mystery writer Ruth Rendell, are nine new stories one starring the astute Inspector Wexford that turn a microscope on the tortuous pathways of the human mind and the merciless twists of fate.Poetic justice overtakes a cocksure young thief from the public library a dying man s wife exacts a subtle revenge when he begs to see his long lost mHere, from top international mystery writer Ruth Rendell, are nine new stories one starring the astute Inspector Wexford that turn a microscope on the tortuous pathways of the human mind and the merciless twists of fate.Poetic justice overtakes a cocksure young thief from the public library a dying man s wife exacts a subtle revenge when he begs to see his long lost mistressA perpetual failure discovers his solitary talent homicideThe accidental death of the queenly cat Melusina locks her killer into the strange life of an old lady and her feline hierarchyA girl s acquiescence in murder boomerangs again and again.

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    1. Hard to think of anything about the amazing and incredible Ruth Rendell that I haven't already written before. I love her, she's a genius, I hope she lives forever, etc. These stories are dark and smart and completely compelling--in part because Rendell is such an incredible stylist, and in part because she has such a profound and often startling understanding of human nature. I especially noticed, in this book, her skill with unattractive narrators. The one in the title story is a great example [...]

    2. Rendell is a master of her craft, and The Copper Peacock is congruent with such aptitude. The only complaint might be the seemingly inverse relationship of length to predictability; nevertheless, the prose flows effortlessly to both sneakily coax English sensibility and reward those who trust their instincts.

    3. This was short stories, not my favorite, but well executed by Rendell. The stories were each somewhat ironic and I found the twists very interesting. The people in these stories were not terribly sympathetic, but were well drawn given the short story format.

    4. 3.5 stars.Rendell is a master of the short story - especially unsettling ones. The one about the cat lady, Long Live the Queen, is one of the creepiest short stories I've ever read. And I like cats.

    5. I haven't read short stories in a while. She really is staying away from tidying up all the loose ends in this one. More like "choose your own ending." Like life, I suppose.

    6. I really enjoyed reading this book as I did with the other Ruth Rendell books. The Copper Peacock and Other Stories is a short-story collection by Ruth Rendell. The title comes from the 6th story in the collection, in which a copper bookmark in the form of a peacock is gift from a cleaner to her employer, the giving of which has significant ramifications for their relationship. The final story in the collection features her popular series Inspector Reg Wexford. The collection contains nine stori [...]

    7. A decent collection of short stories examining psychology, society, and crime. However, being used to Ruth Rendell's exceptionally high standard, I wasn't overly impressed. These are by no means her most original or well-written stories. For the uninitiated, I'd recommend starting with her collections, The Fallen Curtain, Blood Lines, and Piranha to Scurfy.

    8. Ruth Rendell's short stories are tasty morsels, bite-sized versions of the various ways her novels surprise, chill, thrill, discomfit, and delight the reader. I love the variety here. This little volume includes, in its final tale, the added surprise of an addition, in miniature, to the Wexford & Burden series.

    9. Not so much as whodunit as a series of tales of the unexpected. Crimes are mostly (though not entirely) questions of moral ambiguity and few perpetrators receive their comeuppance. A great set of short stories and highly recommended.

    10. Having read all of Ruth Rendell’s “Inspector Wexford” mysteries, I’m always excited when the familiar characters show up in one of her short stories, which they do here in “An Unwanted Woman.” Mike Burden’s wife Jenny has a friend, Hilary, with a problem – her teenaged daughter has moved out – on the heels of Hilary’s recent remarriage – and moved in with an elderly neighbor whom she had befriended. It isn’t really a matter for the police, but the circumstances are troubl [...]

    11. I found this in a used bookstore, not having realized that it existed and I hadn't already read it everything that Rendell had written (so far). It's about ten short stories, less mysteries than just creepy vignettes of people either doing or about to do evil deeds. That's where I think Rendell is so successful, at showing the series of choices that lead up to an average, everyday person choosing to do something truly horrifying. She makes murder seem humdrum in a way that manages to be relatabl [...]

    12. In these short stories Rendell shows her great ability to create memoravble characters from mad cat loving women to condescending writers who irk the reader.  I found this particular collection of nine stories mostly predictable, unsettling and the ending of some left open ended.  I am currently discouraged in reading further novels by this author.  However if you were a fan of the eighties show Tales of The Unexpected   I am sure you will enjoy these stories.  

    13. The Copper Peacock and Other Stories by Ruth RendellThere are nine Stories in this book . I must say that I enjoyed reading them . But it would not be a book I would get again . The stories are all a bit dark . If you are like me you enjoy darker books . I found a few of the books a it sad , and all have to do with death one way or anther . So if your looking for a quick read , that is a bit on the darker side . I think you would enjoy this one .

    14. Ruth Rendell is one of my favorite authors. Stories from this collection compose of different themes, from the clever happy tone, the mischievous, from the moving and to the shocking. The title story, about a writer's snobbish attitude toward a cleaning-woman, shifts awkwardly from subtle insight to unconvincing melodrama.

    15. Typically, I didn't love all of the short stories, but I liked them all. I particularly liked Long Live the Queen (an interesting take on the "cat lady") and An Unwanted Woman. Audio Review: It was expertly read by actress Penelope Keith.

    16. The audiobook format failed me on this one. The big twist at the end of each story must have been a little reference back to some detail I missed while I was paying more attention to traffic than the narrator.

    17. Various short eerie stories. I actually got the audio book and it was very pleasant to listen to. The saddest story was the one about the Copper Peacock and the funniest was the one about the Cat Queen. Easy and enjoyable.

    18. An engaging collection of darkly-humored stories that reflect the author's quirky understanding of human nature!

    19. Nice collection of short stories with a psychological twist.The best were Mother's Help and An Unwanted Woman.

    20. This is a great collection of suspense short stories from one of my favorite contemporary British authors, Ruth Rendell.

    21. Arrogant men. Insipid, hand-wringing women. The first story, A Pair of Yellow Lillies, was alright but, as a whole, these stories haven't aged at all well.

    22. Not her strongest collection, but still solid and a few of them-- A Pair of Yellow Lilies, Paperwork and The Fish-Sitter-- were excellent.

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