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Dex works as a gardener for Dr Jefferson at his home on Hexam Place in Pimlico: an exclusive street inhabited by the rich, and serviced by the not so rich. The hired help, a motley assortment of au pairs, drivers, and cleaners, decide to form the St Zita Society (Zita was the patron saint of domestic servants) as an excuse to meet at the pub and air their grievances. When Dex is invited to one of these meetings, the others find that he is a strange man, ill at ease with human beings... and then they discover he has recently been released from a hospital for the criminally insane, where he was incarcerated for attempting to kill his mother.
Dex's most meaningful relationship seems to be with his mobile-phone service provider, Peach, and he interprets the text messages he receives from the company as a reassuring sign that there is some kind of god who will protect him - and give him instructions about ridding the world of evil spirits....
©2012 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Sab_sunrise on 01-05-13

disappointing....

I am a Ruth Rendell fan and i was looking forward to this book. It left me disappointed and I am not even entirely sure why. She introduced lots of colorful characters and yet they did remain remote and inaccessible. There are no surprises in the plot, no mystery, no unexpected turn of events - what happens is predictable.
I have recently read an earlier Ruth Rendell book : Adam and Eve and Pinch Me. I enjoyed it. It was clever, interesting, and full of colorful characters who you became to know intimately. In many ways the Saint Zita Society seems to be a less successful remake of this earlier book - just a handful of new people, a new location....

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By Lynne on 12-10-12

Well read but disappointing!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending is unsatisfying and very disappointing

What could Ruth Rendell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

re written the ending.

Which character – as performed by Carole Boyd – was your favorite?

Rabia

Was The Saint Zita Society worth the listening time?

Not really - there are thousands of better listens!

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By Saffy on 12-27-12

Disappointed again

I am so sad to say that I am once again disappointed by the latest offering from Ruth Rendell once one of my favourite crime writers. I persevered with this for old times sake but it definitely was not worth the effort. Stereotyped characters and far too many of them - I lost track of who was who. Poor dialogue and plot and an extremely tedious listen. If you want to hear classic Rendell listen to the early Wexford novels.

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By SilentSinger on 08-10-16

The Saint Zita Society

This is the second time that I've listened to this particular audiobook, although the first time was when I reviewed the cumbersome eight disc CD package, so thank goodness for Audible! The story is classic Rendell: ergo a London setting and a series of characters with a myriad of secrets. This novel is set in upmarket Belgravia and concerns the lives of the householders and servants of Hexham Place, the latter of whom convene a servants' union, The Saint Zita Society of the title.

The narration is lively and varied; the characters really come alive. Recommended.

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