"The Brimstone Wedding" - a masterful mystery about love and madness by bestseller Barbara Vine. "Intriguing, absorbing and compelling". ("Spectator"). Jenny's marriage is loveless, and she is having an affair.
She works at an old people's home, where she is especially fond of Stella, a gracious, dignified woman dying of cancer - whose own secrets parallel Jenny's - with the difference that she may have been involved in murdering her lover's husband...Both a finely crafted mystery and a disturbingly honest depiction of the kinship between love and madness, "The Brimstone Wedding" tells an unsettling story about the power and the poison of love.
If you enjoy the crime novels of P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Scott Turow, you will adore this book. "The Rendell/ Vine partnership has for years been producing consistently better work than most Booker winners put together". (Ian Rankin). "A superb and original writer". (Amanda Craig, "Express"). Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fifteen novels using this pseudonym, including "A Fatal Inversion" and "King Solomon's Carpet" which both won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. Her other books include: "A Dark Adapted Eye"; "The House of Stairs"; "Gallowglass"; "Asta's Book"; "No Night Is Too Long"; "In the Time of His Prosperity"; "The Brimstone Wedding"; "The Chimney Sweeper's Boy"; "Grasshopper"; "The Blood Doctor"; "The Minotaur"; "The Birthday Present" and "The Child's Child".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/01/1997
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780140252804
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Review by jayne_charles
I read on the back of Barbara Vine's books (Grasshopper I think it was) that she 'writes very well about young people'. I thought they had that the wrong way round - I'd say she writes very well about old people. Both in this and in Asta's Book she creates very credible, interesting elderly characters. This has two stories - Stella, the old lady in a nursing home and what happened to her in her youth, and the story of Jenny who works in the nursing home, unravels the mystery, and has an affair with a married man newly arrived in the village. I found both equally enjoyable, both brought to a good conclusion. The final 'twist' was a nice touch.