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The Copper Peacock

The Copper Peacock

A short story collection published by Hutchinson in

I like writing about people, passion and a long enduring mystery.

Ruth Rendell 1

The Copper Peacock is a hideous bookmark given to Bernard, a writer, by his attractive cleaning lady, Judy. She had brought order to a hitherto chaotic life, but now the bookmark destroys all this, shattering his razor-sharp sensibilities. If only she had given herself, then she might have lived.

In this and eight other landmark short stories, including the Wexford tale An “Unwanted Woman”, Ruth Rendell once again proves she is the mistress of crime and mystery genres.


Contemporary Reads 2


  1. Queens of Crime, BBC Radio 1991. ↩︎

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