[Reading] ➲ The Fever Tree and Other Stories ➺ Ruth Rendell – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Fever Tree and Other Stories The Fever Tree , so than any of the other stories in this collection, exemplify Rendell s style Her murderers are rarely obviously psychopathic killers, nor particularly suave or elegant they are ordinary people seized by idle curiosity and boredom The Fever Tree examines a couple who, in a dutiful effort to make their marriage work, visit an African game preserve The unfaithful husband s antipathy toward his wife, who he sees as pathetic and childish, manifests in contemplation of murder with, of course, a twist at the end Like others in the story, there is a dry understatement and makes the simple grotesque One follows a man who finds he gets a thrill from scaring young women in the woods at night He earnestly denies that he means them any harm, and the reader is revolted, but fascinated, because a twist must be coming the obvious answer, of course, that he will get his comeuppance, is flatly denied, making the resolution that much interesting.Some are obvious, such as A better collection than The Fallen Curtain, playful and engaging but still light years behind Celia Femlin s and Shirley Jackson t standards.All these stories have promising plots and characters but hardly result in surprising or shocking endings I am mystified by how an amazing talent like Ruth Rendell in pushing the reader straight into the depth of a psychological nightmare in her novels is miles away from transferring that skill in shorter writings.They are al In This Collection Of Eleven Stories, Murder Is Committed For Reasons Of Fear, Jealously, Cupidity, And Out Of Sheer Compulsion, While The Settings Include An African Game Park, A Sinister Ruined Cemetery, An East Anglian Seaside Resort, And The Gloomy Purlieus Of Epping Forest. 4.5 starsThe fever tree 5The dreadful day of judgement 4A glowing future 5An outside interest 4A case of coincidence 3Thornapple 5May and June 4A needle for the devil 4Front seat 3Paintbox place 4The wrong category 4 A collection of short stories of varying standard, each with a twist at the end As with all tales with twist the most successful are the ones you don t guess Unfortunately the majority of the twists were obvious from early on. Is there a writer who does psychological suspense better than Ruth Rendell Lots of writers do books about crazed sadistic lunatics and Rendell has done her share of those But perhaps my favorite stories by her are about ordinary people who for go short stories, some better than the others Really liked the story about the knitting nurse go figure I normally enjoy this author but I felt cheated by the underdeveloped characters It reminded me why I don t like short stories. Just finished Loved this I love Ruth Rendell, especially The Crocodile Bird Don t care for her Inspector Wexford novels I don t like short stories, but these are magnificent I also adore Rendell s The Crocodile Bird I don t like her Inspector Wexford novels They seem completely different completely mainstream mystery The Fever Tree and The Crocodile Bird are off the beaten path style mysteries This book jacket says She is The short story The Fever Tree is one of the most perfect suspense stories ever written Ruth Rendell expertly guides the reader into worrying about future danger, and then pulls the rug out from under him letting him fall into a nearby abyss of

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