One of the best novelists writing today.' P. D. James
Love and death,' said Chief Inspector Wexford. 'Those were the only two sensational things that ever happened to Margaret Parsons, love and death. The thing is they both happened in my district.'The police knew all about Margaret Parsons' life, and by the look of it, it was very dull. Margaret Parsons had been a 'good woman'. Religious, old-fashioned and respectable, her life had been as spotless and ordinary as her home, as unexciting and dependable as her marriage. But it was not Margaret Parsons' life that interested Wexford. It was her death. She had been a predictable, ordinary woman - but now she had met a death of passion and violence for which there seemed no motive or clue.
Ruth Rendell has won many awards for her writing, 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, the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, and the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.