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  • Published: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448108848
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 28

Expectations / Lizzie's Lover / Shreds and Slivers / The Carer / Unacceptable Levels (Storycuts)


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Five short stories: a man who has married his wife for money is murdered but his wife feels only relief; one man takes his poetry far, far too seriously; strange obsessions wreak unexpected havoc; a house sitter snooping for love letters unexpectedly finds dead woman; and a smoker can't quit smoking, nor can he quit scratching his mosquito bites.

In 'Expectations', hen George, a seemingly virtuous, well-born and well-educated man, is murdered, his wife reflects on their life together. She married George for love despite knowing he didn't love her and that he only wanted part of what she owned, and is relieved that she doesn't have to play the part of Miss Haversham anymore.

In 'Lizzie's Lover' a poetically-minded man woos his lover with quotes of verse. He brings the words to life, dangerous as that might be.

In 'Shreds and Slivers' an aggrieved man plots his deadly revenge with sinister cheer. This will make you think twice the next time you're buying your dinner.

In 'The Carer' nosy neighbour Angela looks after people' s houses when they're away. Sometimes she likes to go through their possessions, searching their draws to uncover their secrets... Until she uncovers a secret that even she can't handle.

In 'Unacceptable Levels' a smoker has tried to quit but can't. When he's outside, he smokes to keep the mosquitoes away. When he gets mosquito bites, he can't sleep so he smokes some more, caught in a vicious cycle.

Part of the Storycuts series, these five short stories were previously published in the collection Blood Lines.

  • Pub date: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448108848
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 28

About the Author

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, and will be remembered as a legend in her own lifetime. Her groundbreaking debut novel, From Doon With Death, was first published in 1964 and introduced the reader to her enduring and popular detective, Inspector Reginald Wexford, who went on to feature in twenty-four of her subsequent novels.

With worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, Rendell was a regular Sunday Times bestseller. Her sixty bestselling novels include police procedurals, some of which have been successfully adapted for TV, stand-alone psychological mysteries, and a third strand of crime novels under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Very much abreast of her times, the Wexford books in particular often engaged with social or political issues close to her heart.

Rendell won numerous awards, 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, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. Her final novel, Dark Corners, was published in October 2015.

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