Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS - Behind the Pimlico Porticos

Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS - Behind the Pimlico Porticos

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Sometimes it seems as if Ruth Rendell's heart just isn't in all that killing any more. Certainly, her latest book, The Saint Zita Society (Hutchinson, £12.99), works best as a portrait of modern London, sharing many of the characteristics of novels like John Lanchester's The Saint Zita Society, then, may lack the old-style Rendell thrills, but the result is still a deft, entertaining and often quietly angry book.

Capital and Sebastian Faulks's A Week in December. The murders, when they finally happen, not only go unsolved, but even largely uninvestigated. They also feel rather sketchily plotted and weirdly peripheral to the action.

The setting is an upmarket street in Pimlico whose inhabitants include a paediatrician, a classic gentlewoman of the old school and, naturally, a horrible City financier and his lazy wife. But also living there is a multi-national assortment of au pairs, drivers, nannies, cleaners and gardeners. …

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