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In six tales of suspense, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell examines the jealousies, betrayals, and resentments that lead to tragedy. A stellar cast brings each story off the page and onto the screen with all of the author's delicious irony and intrigue intact.
Bribery & Corruption - Young Nicholas Hawthorne (James D'Arcy) has a crush on a married woman with whom his widowed father has begun a secret affair. Then she winds up murdered. Approx. 104 min.
Front Seat - Cecily Branksome (Janice Suzman) opens old wounds by nosing into a long - resolved murder in her childhood hometown - to the growing annoyance of her husband Hugh (Edward Hardwicke). Approx. 52 min.
A Case of Coincidence - When a surgeon's wife turns up murdered in the fens, Inspector Masters (Keith Barron) and Chief Inspector Moore (Ronald Pickup) face increased pressure to bring a serial killer to justice. Approx. 105 min.
A Dark Blue Perfume - Newly widowed Liz (Susannah York) rediscovers life and love with a troubled man who has a mysterious past. Approx. 52 min.
May & June - Since childhood, May Thrace (Phoebe Nicholls) has resented her sister June (Christine Kavanaugh) - especially when they compete for the same man's affections. Approx. 102 min.
The Orchard Walls - Sent to the country to escape war-ravaged London, a young girl (Honeysuckle Weeks) discovers the adult world's dark secrets. Approx. 51 min.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE Ruth Rendell biography and cast filmographies.
"A Dark Blue Perfume" is an eerie tale of barely-repressed, murderous madness. The still-luminous Susannah York stars as a widow whose attraction to an enigmatic neighbor (John Castle)--who might still be contemplating the murder of a woman he failed to kill years before--causes her to shake off the constrictions of small-town gossip and morality. "Front Seat" is a somewhat comical mystery starring Edward Hardwicke (Watson to Jeremy Bretts Sherlock Holmes in the Granada Television series) as the henpecked husband of a bullying wife (Janet Suzman) who enlists a boozy old flame (Richard Johnson) to solve a decades-old murder. Hardwickes character, knowing the decadent pair will trample anyone in their path, sets out to resolve the unsolved case first--and possibly employ criminal means to put an end to his own, personal miseries. "A Case of Coincidence" is a head-scratcher starring Keith Barron, Pip Torrens, and Kate Buffery in the tale of a surgeons wife apparently murdered by a serial killer who was actually under police surveillance when the crime took place. Finally, "Bribery and Corruption" includes James DArcy, Paul Freeman, Tim Woodward and Abigail Cruttenden in a complicated mystery about a fellow who looks into the death of a married woman he once loved, only to learn her life was more troubled than he could have known. --Tom Keogh
I watched a very good show within this package but some of the others just didn't do much for me. I liked the premise of having different sleuths but the writing (more than the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by CBack
I watched 2 stories and they were so boring. I did not watch the other stories. I will not be purchasing more Ruth Rendell Mysteries. It was a waste of moneyPublished 23 months ago by Lee Hines
I just like the Ruth Rendell video collection. I first discovered them at my local library. I've seen them all-at least all the library had. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Theresa Reynolds