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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....
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?
Was The Saint Zita Society worth the listening time?
Not really - there are thousands of better listens!
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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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.