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0120151130

Ruth Rendell's final novel is a dark and atmospheric tale of psychological suspense read by Patricia Hodge.

Budding crime writer Carl could do with some extra cash. Renting out the top part of his house in Maida Vale - newly inherited from his father - will help his cash flow immensely. And what harm could it do to sell some slimming pills from his late father's stash of 'alternative medicines' to his actress friend Stacey, who's been putting on weight in the wake of a relationship break up?

Acclaimed by her literary peers and beloved by her readers, Ruth Rendell wrote over sixty novels in a career that spanned fifty years. She received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. She died in May 2015, aged eighty-five.

Reader Patricia Hodge.

Abridger Robin Brooks.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

0220151201

Patricia Hodge reads from the final novel by Ruth Rendell, a dark and atmospheric tale of psychological suspense.

In Maida Vale, London, Carl struggles to accept his part in the untimely death of his actress friend Stacey. The slimming pills he sold her are perfectly legal, after all. Carl also doesn't like the way his new lodger, Dermot, is taking an interest in the case, even going so far as to attend the coroner's inquest.

Read by Patricia Hodge.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

0320151202

In this, her final novel, Ruth Rendell returns to a favourite theme: investigating the dark places reached by humans when psychological pressure is brought to bear upon them.

Debut crime novelist, Carl, struggling to make ends meet, bitterly regrets accepting the first person to apply to rent the top part of his house. Dermot has proven to be a slippery and manipulative tenant, making much of his knowledge that Carl sold slimming pills to a friend who subsequently died. Indeed, Dermot has now stopped paying rent altogether. Almost broke, Carl reluctantly faces the prospect of having to confess all to Nicola, his girlfriend.

Read by Patricia Hodge.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

0420151203

The final novel by Ruth Rendell, read by Patricia Hodge.

Dermot's threatening presence in the house in Maida Vale has become all-pervasive. After Carl reveals the hold Dermot has over him, Nicola decides to confront him herself. But Dermot refuses to be cowed and instead turns the focus upon her, describing how abhorrent he finds it that she and Carl are living in sin. A dark and atmospheric tale of suspense by a doyenne of the form.

Read by Patricia Hodge.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

0520151204

Patricia Hodge reads the final novel by Ruth Rendell, who died in May this year aged eighty-five.

Miserable and desperate, Carl is placed under further pressure by Dermot, his blackmailing tenant. A dark tale of suspense by a doyenne of the form.

Read by Patricia Hodge

Abridged by Robin Brooks

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

0620151207

0620151207

The final novel by Ruth Rendell, read by Patricia Hodge.

For a while, all was looking rosy for budding crime writer Carl. He'd inherited a house in Maida Vale from his late father, published his first novel, Death's Door, to mild acclaim and his lovely girlfriend Nicola had accepted his invitation to come and live with him. But a series of unfortunately events has led to the unravelling of this almost perfect life.

Carl's first mistake was to rent the top floor of his house to the first person who answered his advert, Dermot. Second was selling slimming pills, found in his late father's bathroom cabinet, to his actress friend Stacey who died as a result of their nasty side effects. Dermot witnessed the 'transaction' and has used this knowledge to blackmail Carl and live rent free ever since. As the weeks have passed, Dermot has placed more and more pressure upon Carl - so much, in fact, that he's almost reached breaking point.

In a career that spanned fifty years and over sixty novels, Ruth Rendell was acclaimed by her literary peers and beloved by her readers. She received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's Best Crime Novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger Award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. She died in May 2015, aged eighty-five.

Reader Patricia Hodge.

Abridger Robin Brooks.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

0620151207

The final novel by Ruth Rendell, read by Patricia Hodge.

For a while, all was looking rosy for budding crime writer Carl. He'd inherited a house in Maida Vale from his late father, published his first novel, Death's Door, to mild acclaim and his lovely girlfriend Nicola had accepted his invitation to come and live with him. But a series of unfortunately events has led to the unravelling of this almost perfect life.

Carl's first mistake was to rent the top floor of his house to the first person who answered his advert, Dermot. Second was selling slimming pills, found in his late father's bathroom cabinet, to his actress friend Stacey who died as a result of their nasty side effects. Dermot witnessed the 'transaction' and has used this knowledge to blackmail Carl and live rent free ever since. As the weeks have passed, Dermot has placed more and more pressure upon Carl - so much, in fact, that he's almost reached breaking point.

In a career that spanned fifty years and over sixty novels, Ruth Rendell was acclaimed by her literary peers and beloved by her readers. She received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's Best Crime Novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger Award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. She died in May 2015, aged eighty-five.

Reader Patricia Hodge.

Abridger Robin Brooks.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

0620151207

The final novel by Ruth Rendell, read by Patricia Hodge.

For a while, all was looking rosy for budding crime writer Carl. He'd inherited a house in Maida Vale from his late father, published his first novel, Death's Door, to mild acclaim and his lovely girlfriend Nicola had accepted his invitation to come and live with him. But a series of unfortunately events has led to the unravelling of this almost perfect life.

Carl's first mistake was to rent the top floor of his house to the first person who answered his advert, Dermot. Second was selling slimming pills, found in his late father's bathroom cabinet, to his actress friend Stacey who died as a result of their nasty side effects. Dermot witnessed the 'transaction' and has used this knowledge to blackmail Carl and live rent free ever since. As the weeks have passed, Dermot has placed more and more pressure upon Carl - so much, in fact, that he's almost reached breaking point.

In a career that spanned fifty years and over sixty novels, Ruth Rendell was acclaimed by her literary peers and beloved by her readers. She received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's Best Crime Novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger Award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. She died in May 2015, aged eighty-five.

Reader Patricia Hodge.

Abridger Robin Brooks.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

0720151208

The final novel by Ruth Rendell, read by Patricia Hodge.

For a while, all was looking rosy for budding crime writer Carl. He'd inherited a house in Maida Vale from his late father, published his first novel, Death's Door, to mild acclaim and his lovely girlfriend Nicola had accepted his invitation to live with him. But a series of unfortunately events has led to the unravelling of this almost perfect life.

Carl's first mistake was to rent the top floor of his house to the first person who answered his advert, Dermot. Second was selling slimming pills, found in his late father's bathroom cabinet, to his actress friend Stacey who died as a result of their nasty side effects. Dermot witnessed the 'transaction' and has used this knowledge to blackmail Carl and live rent free ever since. At breaking point, penniless and desperate, Carl killed Dermot on one of Maida Vale's side streets and is now waiting to see whether he has 'got away' with the murder.

Reader Patricia Hodge.

Abridger Robin Brooks.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

0820151209

A dark and atmospheric psychological thriller, Ruth Rendell's final novel is read by Patricia Hodge.

Carl's relief at getting rid of Dermot is short-lived, when Dermot's girlfriend, Sybil, takes his place in the top floor of the house in Maida Vale. Nicola can't understand why Carl is letting this happen, but he can't tell her about the hold Sybil has over him; that she saw him kill Dermot in the street outside her parent's house in Jerome Crescent.

Read by Patricia Hodge

Abridged by Robin Brooks

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

0920151210

The final novel by Ruth Rendell - who died, aged eighty-five, in May this year - read by Patricia Hodge.

Once again, Carl finds himself blackmailed and placed in a desperate situation. He can't afford to let Sybil to live rent-free in the top floor of his house in Maida Vale, but neither can he allow her to go to the police and tell them that he killed Dermot. And so, he begins to formulate a plan to rid himself of Sybil...

Read by Patricia Hodge

Abridged by Robin Brooks

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

1020151211

The concluding episode of the final novel by Ruth Rendell, read by Patricia Hodge.

Fate intervenes once again and Carl is forced to face up to what he has done.

In a career that spanned fifty years and over sixty novels, Ruth Rendell was acclaimed by her literary peers and beloved by her readers. She received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's Best Crime Novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger Award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. She died in May 2015, aged eighty-five.

Read by Patricia Hodge

Abridged by Robin Brooks

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.