Tigerlily’s Orchids

Publisher: Anchor Canada
From the incomparable, award-winning Ruth Rendell — "the grand dame of British crime fiction" (The Gazette) —comes her latest psychological thriller.

When Stuart Font decides to throw a house-warming party in his new flat he invites everyone in his building. The party will be one everyone remembers. But not for the right reasons....

Living opposite, in reclusive isolation, is a young, beautiful Asian woman, christened Tigerlily by Stuart. As though from some strange urban fairytale, she emerges to exert a terrible spell on the occupants of Lichfield House.


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CHAPTER ONE
 
 
Olwen was in Wicked Wine, buying gin. She understood from Rupert whose shop it was that these days ‘wicked’ meant smart or cool, not evil, just as ‘gay’ in some circles was starting to signify bad or nasty. She didn’t much care, though...
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PRAISE FOR

Praise for Tigerlily's Orchids:
"Out of this spider's web of interwoven lives emerges the truth--a beautifully disguised and manipulated surprise, set amid the jittery background of the restless city."
— The Independent

Praise for Ruth Rendell:
"Ruth Rendell is, unequivocally, the most brilliant mystery novelist of our time. Her stories are a lesson in human nature as capable of the most exotic love as it is of the cruelest murder."
— Patricia Cornwell

"Rendell's clear, shapely prose casts the mesmerizing spell of the confessional."
— The New Yorker

"Rendell has a Dickensian empathy, informed by a prodigious love of London life."
Independent (UK)


From the Hardcover edition.