From the impressive variety of tones and styles to which she had access as a writer, Rendell chose for Dark Corners black comedy that echoes Muriel Spark. One homicidal character consoles himself that “what he had done had been very close to an accident”, while another keeps passing on bizarre items from newspapers, such as a warning that visitors to zoos shouldn’t wear clothes with animal-skin patterns, because they confuse the animals. Among many sharp asides in the narrative voice is a reflection on why atheists are so exercised by whether the Church of England uses the Book of Common Prayer or modern translations.
|Author Ruth Rendell|
The only way this news could be better (at least to me) is if the new book were a final Inspector Wexford novel rather than the standalone that it turns out to be. But don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. This is a gift I never expected to receive and I can't wait to open it.