I have considered Ruth Rendell one of my very favorite mystery authors for a long time. I have kept this particular Ruth Rendell paperback for a while, hoping that I could use these quotes in one of my entries. So, here goes!
Here is an author review on the cover of Ruth Rendell’s The Best Man to Die 1975 paperback:
The Boston Globe: “The best mystery writer anywhere in the English-speaking world.”
Here are the reviews from the inside cover of Ruth Rendell’s The Best Man to Die 1975 paperback:
Los Angeles Times Book Review: “Chief Inspector Wexford…is an erudite, thorough investigator….He is a compassionate man, who can put the screws on if need be.”
Kirkus Reviews: “The page-by-page storytelling-wry, superbly paced, full of arresting character details-is still unsurpassed in the mystery field.”
New York Daily News: “Ruth Rendell is the finest living practitioner of the mystery genre.”
The New York Times Book Review: “There aren’t many writers like Ruth Rendell who are highly prolific and yet maintain a consistently high standard….Miss Rendell is a plot prestidigitator who has mastered all the tricks of her trade. Including writing.”
Here are the reviews on the back of Ruth Rendell’s The Best Man to Die 1975 paperback:
The New York Times Book Review: “You cannot afford to miss Ruth Rendell?”
Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: “For readers who have almost given up mysteries… Rendell may be just the woman to get them started again.”
Saturday Review: “First-rate entertainment.”
So, here is my question: Do reviews matter to you?