The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell
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From three-time Edgar Award–winning mystery writer Ruth Rendell comes a captivating and expertly plotted tale of residents and servants on one block of a posh London street—and the deadly ways their lives intertwine.

Life for the residents and servants of Hexam Place appears placid and orderly on the outside: drivers take their employers to and from work, dogs are walked, flowers are planted in gardens, and Christmas candles lit uniformly in windows. But beneath this tranquil veneer, the upstairs-downstairs relationships are set to combust.

Henry, the handsome valet to Lord Studley, is sleeping with both the Lord’s wife and his university-age daughter. Montserrat, the Still family’s lazy au pair, assists Mrs. Still in keeping secret her illicit affair with a television actor—in exchange for pocket cash. June, the haughty housekeeper to a princess of dubious origin, tries to enlist her fellow house-helpers into a “society” to address complaints about their employers. Meanwhile, Dex, the disturbed gardener to several families on the block, thinks a voice on his cell phone is giving him godlike instructions—commands that could imperil the lives of all those in Hexam Place.

The St. Zita Society is Ruth Rendell at her brilliant best—a deeply observed and suspenseful novel of murder in the quintessentially London world of servants and their masters.
 

About Ruth Rendell

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Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, four Gold Daggers, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than forty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Scribner. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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But although DC Colin Rickards makes the usual inquiries, the sardonic focus of the sequel is on the plodding round of life cycle events, promises of new romantic relationships and monthly meetings in which the St. Zita’s members ponder the problem of canine waste disposal and inquire who’s been ...

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The New York Times

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In Ruth Rendell’s novel “The St. Zita Society,” characters are undone by their own obsessions.

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The Guardian

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The Saint Zita Society by Ruth Rendell, Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth, Bed of Nails by Antonin Varenne and The Murder of Halland by Pia Juul

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Publishers Weekly

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One-quarter through this book, one man calls Monserrat a psychopomp, “a conductor of souls to hell.” Indeed, Rendell has functioned as a kind of psychopomp, conducting her fictional killers to hell—while ensuring that her readers enjoy the trip.

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Book Reporter

With a series of twists and turns no one can see until it is too late, fans are taken up with the various and varying stories above and below the happenings that take place behind the shiny brass fittings of the houses on Hexam Place.

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The Washington Times

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The St. Zita Society is named after the patron saint of domestic servants and one of its members, as might be expected from the author of this book, is a psychopath called Dex.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

These and others who work for the Hexam Place homeowners form the St. Zita Society—named for the patron saint of domestic servants—to address complaints about their working conditions.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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If Tongue in Cheek were a genre, The Saint Zita Society would fit right in, but let us call it satire.

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