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  • Published: 27 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141042251
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448
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Asta's Book is a classic double-detective story by crime master Barbara Vine

For a good, absorbing, well-told story, you could hardly better the unveiling of Asta's secret' Sunday Times

It is 1905. Asta and her husband Rasmus have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over seventy years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter Ann to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.

'A dazzling domestic thriller' Guardian

'Obsessively readable' Sunday Telegraph

'Engrossing . . . a mixture of biography, true crime and romance people with vivid minor players and red with herrings' Independent on Sunday

'Absolutely enthralling ... the best yet from the Vine/Rendell bureau. Essential reading' Literary Review

'Simply put, Vine is one of the greatest writers ever' Scott Turow

Asta's Bookis a modern crime masterpiece and will be enjoyed by readers of P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Scott Turow.



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.
%%%Asta's Book is a classic double-detective story by crime master Barbara Vine
For a good, absorbing, well-told story, you could hardly better the unveiling of Asta's secret' Sunday Times
It is 1905. Asta and her husband Rasmus have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over seventy years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter Ann to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.
'A dazzling domestic thriller' Guardian
'Obsessively readable' Sunday Telegraph
'Engrossing . . . a mixture of biography, true crime and romance people with vivid minor players and red with herrings' Independent on Sunday
'Absolutely enthralling ... the best yet from the Vine/Rendell bureau. Essential reading' Literary Review
'Simply put, Vine is one of the greatest writers ever' Scott Turow
Asta's Bookis a modern crime masterpiece and will be enjoyed by readers of P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Scott Turow.
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.

  • Pub date: 27 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141042251
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Barbara Vine

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. Viking have published her twelve previous novels, including A Dark Adapted Eye, which won the Crime Writer's association Gold Dagger Award, and more recently Grasshopper, The Blood Doctor and The Minotaur. Ruth Rendell sits in the house of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.

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