To Fear a Painted Devil

  • by Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by Brian Cox
  • 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 . . .

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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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios