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Sintesi dell'editore

Gossip in tiny Linchester is raised to new heights when young Patrick Selby dies on the night of his beautiful wife's birthday party. The whole neighborhood was there, witness to the horrible attack of wasps Peter suffered at the end of the evening. But did Peter die of the stings? Dr Greenleaf thinks not. After all, wasps aren't the only creatures that kill with poison . . .

©1965 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Ilana
  • 16/03/2012

Not My Favourite Rendell Thus Far

Tamsin and Patrick Selby have an unhappy marriage. Tamsin is a beautiful young woman just on the verge of turning 27. Her husband, who also happens to be her first cousin, is very controlling, down to dictating what kind of clothes his wife should wear (plain in subdued colours), whether she should wear makeup (she shouldn't) and how she is to keep the house (immaculate). They live in a beautiful house in the fictional housing development of Linchester, Nottinghamshire, and Tamsin has invited their neighbours to a get-together she's organized for her birthday. Patrick is rude to her and the guests throughout, and when he gets repeatedly stung by several wasps, no one is much chagrinned by his plight, nor when he is found dead the next day. The local doctor doesn't believe in foul play until some persistent gossiping leads him to investigate a little further to find out if there's any truth to claims that beautiful Tamsin had something to do with Patrick's death. There is an interesting sub-plot having to do with a painting of John the Baptist's head on a bloody platter and it's a good enough story, but none of the characters made much of an impression on me.

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  • Susan Random
  • 11/08/2015

To Fear A Painted Devil

I have decided to purchase all of Rendell's non-Wexford books via Audible - this was the first one of its kind. It's the story of the lives and loves of a tiny fictional village of Linchester which was built on the site of a former manor house.

The whole thing reminded me of a non-Roald Dahl edition of 'Tales Of The Unexpected', yes, it was that bad. I know that it's a very early work, but it's barely discernable as a Rendell at all. The characters were all two-dimensional and I couldn't work out who was who. I fell as listening more than once, which didn't help matters.

In conclusion: the title 'To Fear A Painted Devil' pertains to wasps. I didn't enjoy the book and got my credit back as per Audible's guarantee.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 02/02/2019

Read very well, but the story is tiresome.

The person reading the book is very good but the story did not hold my interest and the book seemed to drag.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07/05/2018

Great story and I love Brian Con

Unfortunately I was reminded of Jim Bowen by Brian Cox 's voice in the recording and I could not get past that.

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  • Caroline Astell-Burt
  • 25/11/2021

A strangely congested community

The story is set around av strangely congested community pregnant with nastiness. There is only one couple who love truly and wholesomely and that is the Doctor and his wife. The rest of the neighbours are lost in their superficiality and search for love. When one of them dies the rest start poking and picking and questioning the doctor. Brian Cox performs beautifully manipulating his lovely voice to create all the characters effectively.