The Secret House of Death

The Secret House of Death Ruth Rendell
  • Title: The Secret House of Death
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780345333193
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Secret House of Death Ruth Rendell The Secret House of Death Louise North doesn t care what the neighbors think She lets her lover leave his car just outside her house in broad daylight telling everyone a cockamamie story about him being a central heating sale
    Louise North doesn t care what the neighbors think She lets her lover leave his car just outside her house in broad daylight, telling everyone a cockamamie story about him being a central heating salesman Still, it s a shock when she s found shot dead, covered by the equally dead body of the salesman Now Susan Townsend the Norths next door neighbor, who discoversLouise North doesn t care what the neighbors think She lets her lover leave his car just outside her house in broad daylight, telling everyone a cockamamie story about him being a central heating salesman Still, it s a shock when she s found shot dead, covered by the equally dead body of the salesman Now Susan Townsend the Norths next door neighbor, who discovers the bodies must help Louise s husband, Bob, get back on his feet But is she helping a neighbor or a murderer
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    About Ruth Rendell


    1. A.K.A Barbara VineRuth 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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    1. 3.5 starsOriginally released in 1968, The Secret House of Death is a masterclass in precision plotting from the brilliant Ruth Rendell In the course of less than two hundred pages the ingenious sleight of hand she performs means that the real import of what has taken place only becomes apparent in the course of the final pages Set in the fictional suburb of Matchdown Park, located in the furthest recesses of north west London, the residents of Orchard Drive enjoy nothing than twitching their cu [...]

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    2. Recently Sophie Hannah, an author I admire greatly, wrote a piece for the Guardian in which she gave her top ten twists in fiction novels She was not talking about the current trend for screaming WITH A TWIST YOU WON T SEE COMING on anything and everything that could vaguely be called psychological thriller, those are not twists but rather unexpected resolutions or, it has to be said most of the time, simply resolutions No she was talking about those subtle lies woven into a seemingly truthful n [...]

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    3. An oldie, but a goodie surprised I missed this one all those years ago, when reading her entire collection

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    4. La ventaja de leer un autor desde sus comienzos es ser testigo en primera fila de c mo va evolucionando su trabajo y mejorando en el oficio de crear historias compar ndola con otros primeras novelas de Rendell independientes de su personaje estrella, el Inspector Wexford La casa secreta de la muerte, cuenta con un argumento mejor hilvanado y con personajes m s cre bles Los culpables se conocen desde el principio y el inter s principal radica en acompa ar al protagonista a juntar las piezas para [...]

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    5. I found this book to be boring, predictable, and the character Susan to be not very likable Perhaps I m not being empathetic enough to like her I couldn t bring myself to read the entire book and gave up half way but skipped to the end to see if it was as predictable as I assumed It was Definitely the worst Rendell Vine book I ve read so far I generally find the books in the Wexford series quite enjoyable but with Vine it s hit or miss This was just terrible and felt very flat in general.

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    6. This was absolutely the worst book I have ever read so very boring boring I couldn t get into this novel at all the characters were dull and not bit interesting just like the story it reminded me of the old English crime shows Poirot by Agatha Christie and Midsummer Murders.As the Fleetwood Mac song goes Never Going Back Again For me giving this novel 1 is being generous

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    7. A woman is found dead in her home with a salesman thought to be her lover The dead woman s husband and the salesman s wife appear to know one another From the perspective of a divorced neighbor who is reluctant to get involved and a man who cares about the neighbor I enjoyed this book and liked the fact that there wasn t a detective as the central character.

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    8. Abbastanza scontato vittime e assassini si indovinano gi dalle prime pagine, l unico elemento che resta un po nebuloso fino a quasi la fine del libro il movente.

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    9. Maybe when this was first written in the 1960s it was cutting edge, now it just felt tedious and predictable Sure, there was some creativity to the process of unraveling how the deed was done but mostly it left me cold.

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    10. Not nearly as good as other Ruth Rendell Barbara Vine books I have read This is an interesting puzzle but seems drawn out.

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    11. What a tangled web she weaves

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    12. Incredibly misogyynistic.

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    13. Susan Townsend is a divorcee who lives next door to an unhappily married couple, the Norths Louise North is rumoured to be having an affair, then she and her supposed lover, Bernard Heller, are found dead by Susan it is presumed that Bernard shot Louise and then himself But Bernard s friend David Chadwick suspects that things are not as simple as they seem and sets out to uncover the truth This is a reasonably interesting mystery, though Susan s role is mostly a passive one, david does all the i [...]

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    14. Having read and loved Ruth Rendell s Wexford mysteries, I decided to try some of her other books, and I wasn t disappointed In The Secret House of Death, you know from the start that the affair next door probably isn t what the neighbors think it is When the suspected lovers are found dead in what is ruled as a murder suicide, many people associated with the pair have a piece of the puzzle, but only when they all come together can you see what really happened This is an early Rendell, and both h [...]

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    15. 3.5 stars Absorbing, if not innovative, example of the 1960s domestic murder mystery, reminiscent of later Agatha Christie novels but without Christie s convoluted tricks to conceal the guilty party, and with a hint of Patricia Highsmith s delicious nastiness I prefer early to late Rendell somehow her misogyny and middle class respectability politics are excusable as a period piece IMHO her books went completely downhill into anti feminist victim blaming after 2000 But hey, how many of us can w [...]

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    16. I really didn t get on with this It was readable and interesting to a point, I just couldn t motivate myself to continue picking it up which is rare for a Ruth Rendell novel She may be one of the best writers the English language has had, but this one wasn t of her normal standard though of course, with an output of over 70 novels, she s allowed one or two not so great ones.Date read 31 August 2015.Published by Penguin Random House through Arrow.

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    17. 1969, murder next door, in a nice neighborhood femjep suspenser Death of a not very well known neighbor leads to increasingly dangerous circumstances for a nice single mom, as events around her spiral down into darkness Lead character is far too wimpy for my taste even given the time period, but otherwise this is a well plotted and well paced tale of bad guys and bad tempers gone awry Not her best, but this early work is entertaining.

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    18. I had a hard time putting this book down The story starts out with fine descriptions of what the various characters were doing in the course of daily life This brilliantly helped to define the characters as they then faced trials that include murder and deception The reader knows fairly early on what is what but Ms Rendell slowly unfolds the case as the different people within the story try to piece together what really happened Well done.

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    19. Ruth Rendell rarely leaves me unsatisfied and for me this book continued to meet her high standards.Unlike some of her mysteries where I can still find myself wondering who has committed the crime till the final pages, in this story, like the police detective investigating the deaths, the hunch comes early as to who has committed the crime the joy comes in having your hunch realised and in reading how the key players unravel the truth

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    20. Who could resist a book with the title The Secret House of Death Not I, and I m glad I didn t A slender volume with plenty of twists and turns, all of the characters are solidly fleshed out except perhaps the enigmatic police inspector, Ulph, but he is not important here , and the descriptions, as always, take me to London without the air fare Solid Rendell, and that s saying something.

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    21. As I was shopping for the Inspector Wexford series I came across the first three of R.R s books I had to get them and read them almost without stopping They are short, about 200 pages each, and not a series They remind me of the Wexford books than the later novels.

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    22. As usual a very good story teller.

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    23. A good old fashioned English murder mystery I enjoyed it Though is was completely predictable.

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    24. Wishing Ruth Rendell a speedy recovery and read this oldie in honor of her A decent compact tale with some nice characters.

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    25. Good basic mystery and she writes well A bit dated, sociologically speaking.

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    26. Ruth Rendell wrought a wicked plot here she is a master of human nature, and this one does not disappoint It is one of her older stories, but wow

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    27. not what you think it will be at all nor who you think it will be cleverly crafted who done it in which all is not what meets the eye.

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    28. The plot was incredibly predictable I had guessed the denouement by the end of the first chapter and that NEVER happens for me The book was slow as well.

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    29. Ottimo giallo, con una soluzione tutt altro che banale.

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