Victory? Virtue? Veracity?

Here we are at the difficult end of the alphabet. I’ve dealt with U, now onto V. Various, vexatious V, the sign of victory. The v-authors in my books-read data base are not many, but there is one that stands out.

VVineis for Vine, Barbara Vine, a pseudonym of Ruth Rendell. Ruth Rendell writes mysteries; Barbara Vine writes psychological suspense. I found Vine’s books variously good — some I’ve noted as predictable. Others are full of twists and turns that have kept me guessing until the end. Most of them involve deep dark family or identity secrets. The family secrets thing has been known to keep me reading in the past. Barbara Vine — suspenseful reading for an extra-long winter.



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