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Eleven quick reading suspense stories, mostly written in the 70s and 80s for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine They re formulaic a slightly odd domestic situation, a murder, a twist the two that don t follow this format are the best and the worst entries in the book and most are pretty unremarkable and workmanlike, but a few are clever, memorable, or genuinely startling. The New Girl Friend is yet another perfect collection from Ruth Rendell The title story is perfect, as is Loopy , and The Convolvulus Clock homage to Edgar Allan Poe perhaps , and The Orchard Walls One or two tales might just be excellent instead of perfect, but it s a very fine line I only have onecollection of hers to read A Spot of Folly. #E-pub » The New Girl Friend and other Stories of Suspense ó Eleven sinister short stories, from murder, perversion, corruption, blackmail and secret terrors that lead to unspeakable acts Hidden fears that erupt in irrational violence have nothing to do with people like you or do they Contents The new girl friendA dark blue perfumeThe orchard wallsHare s houseBribery and corruptionThe whistlerThe convolvulus clockLoopyFen HallFather s dayThe green road to Quephanda Some of these are quite good The New Girlfriend is a classic of course, which I read back in my first year of university It s very likely the best story in here These tales actually remind me of a slightlymodern and British Cornell Woolrich at times The Convolvolus Clock was charming and sad, with the dotty old lady being eaten away by guilt because in a fit of peak she stole something from a rural art gallery The Whistler was an uneasy tale with an ending that was predictable y Some of these are quite good The New Girlfriend is a classic of course, which I read back in my first year of university It s very likely the best story in here These tales actually remind me of a slightlymodern and British Cornell Woolrich at times The Convolvolus Clock was charming and sad, with the dotty old lady being eaten away by guilt because in a fit of peak she stole something from a rural art gallery The Whistler was an uneasy tale with an ending that was predictable yet satisfying I like how the young protagonist in Bribery and Corruption basically thinks and does everything wrong, even if the company manager Mr Sorensen was a complete dick It s a nice bit of direction that Rendell can sort of make you feel sympathy for people who are a lot less than perfect A few of the stories are a bit weak Not sure what the point of Hare s House was, and it started off so well I just wanted to yell For god s sake, just go to the library and get the book out I guess Ruth was trying to tell us that the guy hated his wife I understand the symbology but the whole thing felt a bit empty.Good anthology though Most of these are very short, so even if by the end you feel something comes off a bit weak, there s still some pleasure to be had in the setup and the reading An enjoyable selection of Ruth Rendell s short stories When deciding on the number of stars to give as a rating, I was minded to give three, as collections such as this often contain middling kinds of stories that are entertaining diversions without much to commend them, and there are perhaps one or such stories in this collection In the end, though, I thought I d go for four stars to match the best of the stories Of the stories here, The New Girlfriend is perhaps the most well known, but i An enjoyable selection of Ruth Rendell s short stories When deciding on the number of stars to give as a rating, I was minded to give three, as collections such as this often contain middling kinds of stories that are entertaining diversions without much to commend them, and there are perhaps one or such stories in this collection In the end, though, I thought I d go for four stars to match the best of the stories Of the stories here, The New Girlfriend is perhaps the most well known, but in the end I found it quite slight Ofinterest were stories in which there was a feeling that a typical Rendellian psychological novella or short novel might have grown from the barer bones of the short story into this category fell The Orchard Walls or Fen Hall Other stories also tantalisingly hinted at themes, obsessions, interests, characters or locations in later novels into this category fell Fen Hall again and Father s Day The collection closed with The Green Road to Quephanda , a lovely surprise in that it was almost a metanarrative, a contemplation on genre and the roots routes of imagination It s probably safe to say that Ruth Rendell is best known for her novels, particularly the Inspector Wexford series However, Rendell has also written her share of short stories, including the ones in THE NEW GIRL FRIEND, named for the Edgar winning short story.The anthology is comprised of 11 stories, all of which are suspenseful, but havethan that going for them They are studies in human nature and how our foibles can sometimes lead to disastrous results.Despite being somewhat uneven in It s probably safe to say that Ruth Rendell is best known for her novels, particularly the Inspector Wexford series However, Rendell has also written her share of short stories, including the ones in THE NEW GIRL FRIEND, named for the Edgar winning short story.The anthology is comprised of 11 stories, all of which are suspenseful, but havethan that going for them They are studies in human nature and how our foibles can sometimes lead to disastrous results.Despite being somewhat uneven in quality, most of the stories make engaging reading Whether it s a woman s nagging guilt over a stolen clock, a man who likes a little too much to dress up as a wolf or someone who s obsessed with his ex wife years after breaking up , Rendell does masterful work exploring the human psyche, while creating a sense of dread over what will eventually happen.The title story is a good example In it, a woman strikes up a friendship with a man keeping it secret from her husband but not for the reasons one would assume at first The story builds to a violent climax that, rather than being an unexpected turn, seems almost inevitable.For , go to The New Girl Friend and Other Stories of Suspense comprises eleven short stories revolving around dark subject matters Unpredictable and suspenseful for the most part, these stories were certainly entertaining.My personal favourites were Hare s House A couple moves into a house that is ridiculously cheap only to learn that it s because a murderer once lived in it However, they agree that it s better not to know what had happened but the man gets evencurious as time goes by.The Convo The New Girl Friend and Other Stories of Suspense comprises eleven short stories revolving around dark subject matters Unpredictable and suspenseful for the most part, these stories were certainly entertaining.My personal favourites were Hare s House A couple moves into a house that is ridiculously cheap only to learn that it s because a murderer once lived in it However, they agree that it s better not to know what had happened but the man gets evencurious as time goes by.The Convolvulus Clock A woman wants to buy a clock but the shop owner refuses to sell it to her When she gets the opportunity to steal it, she does so but soon wishes that she hadn t.Overall, this short story compilation was a quick and enjoyable read though a few stories didn t measure up anywhere close to some of Rendell s best works I m still unmovable Her short stories are just not up to her novels standard.This is the third collection that I ve read and still no sign of an improvement whatsoever.They are bland, repetitive, trite and lacking in original twists.They are o for a quick reading but as soon as the last sentence is gone oblivion kicks in.Forgettable and unsurprising Just a good passtime while you re waiting for the next book to arrive. Ruth Rendell s short stories read to me how I imagined and hoped grown up Point Horror would do She has a meticulous way of capturing the reader s attention and holding on tight, creating as she does so 11 tales of chilling and flesh creeping enjoyment that will stay at the back of your mind for ages to come I was very interested to see how Rendell did in short form and no disappointment here A lot of her earlier novels were very lean and this is just sort of like taking that to the extreme These are still very much Rendellian stories, they have the exact same twisty demented sort of heart at the center of a seemingly normal scenarios She remains firmly within the genre of psychological dark suspense And these were very entertaining short visits to her strange and scary world Additional kudos t I was very interested to see how Rendell did in short form and no disappointment here A lot of her earlier novels were very lean and this is just sort of like taking that to the extreme These are still very much Rendellian stories, they have the exact same twisty demented sort of heart at the center of a seemingly normal scenarios She remains firmly within the genre of psychological dark suspense And these were very entertaining short visits to her strange and scary world Additional kudos to the kitschy cover Fun way to spend a couple of hours Recommended