Minotaur

Mass Market Paperback | June 20, 2006

byBarbara VineEditorC Helen Reeves

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Secrets and lies in a proper English family lead to murder in a mesmerizing tale by England's Queen of Crime

It is the 1960s, but the "swinging sixties"revolution hasn't quite reached rural England. In an attempt to be closer to her English boyfriend, Kerstin Kvist accepts a job with the Cosway matriarch; her three unmarried daughters; and her son, John, a sad, self-absorbed figure in his thirties who haunts the grand house of Lydstep Old Hall, deep in the Essex countryside. There is a fourth daughter, too—a widow herself and apparently quite rich—who comes and goes infrequently, with ill-disguised contempt for the others.

Then, just as Kerstin is beginning to figure out the odd family, a stranger moves into the village, his very presence setting the Cosways on a path to self-destruction.

The Minotaur is Barbara Vine in top form.

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Secrets and lies in a proper English family lead to murder in a mesmerizing tale by England's Queen of Crime It is the 1960s, but the "swinging sixties"revolution hasn't quite reached rural England. In an attempt to be closer to her English boyfriend, Kerstin Kvist accepts a job with the Cosway matriarch; her three unmarried daughters...

Barbara Vine, the pen name of Ruth Rendell, has published twelve novels, many of which were award-winning international bestsellers. Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7 × 4.1 × 1.1 inPublished:June 20, 2006Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014305208X

ISBN - 13:9780143052081

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"Unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time."—Patricia Cornwell"Like every Barbara Vine novel ... The Minotaur is a work of consummate skill, a masterpiece, above all, of tone."—The Globe and Mail"As always, Vine’s prose is deceptively transparent, drawing you in to her well-crafted world ... This narrative, filled with a sense of ominous doom and impending change, proves to be thoroughly addictive reading."—The Observer