From Library Journal
This is vintage spooky Rendell (One Across, Two Down), made even better by the fine reading by Ric Jerrom. Pup Yearman sets up a temple of occultism and casts spells, which convince his unbalanced sister Dolly that he can actually do magic, even commit murder. As Pup tries to get out from under the burden of his sister's belief, Dolly falls further and further into madness. Meanwhile, in an apartment nearby, Diarmit Bawne (and his alter ego, Colin Moore) hears his own much deadlier demons and keeps his knives and cleavers sharpened against them. Listeners will love this journey into the dark side, where reader Jerrom never falters in his eerie evocation of the all-too-believable characters. Recommended for all fiction collections.AHarriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY
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"Rendell's psychological insights are so absorbing, it's easy to forget what a superb plotter she is" The Times "Ruth Rendell's books are not only whodunits but whydunits, uncovering the motive roots of murder" Mail on Sunday "Ruth Rendell is surely one of the greatest novelists presently at work in our language. The extraordinary depth and accuracy of her psychological portraits is matched only by the rare inventiveness of her storytelling" Scott Turow "Once her characters start twisting on every-tightening tracks, their fates are brilliantly sealed, and it's never obvouis who'll be the victim or the culprit. Rendell's greatest trick is making an unforeseen outcome feel predestined" Financial Times "The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time" Patricia Cornwell