The Saint Zita Society

  • by Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by Carole Boyd
  • 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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....


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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....
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- Sab_sunrise

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?


Was The Saint Zita Society worth the listening time?

Not really - there are thousands of better listens!

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- Lynne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios