The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Set 1
The psychological crime dramas as seen on public television
From cold, rock-strewn moors to comfortable suburban estates, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell explores the dark fissures between friends and family members that motivate murder. Talented casts bring Rendells unforgettable characters to life in four complex stories of suspense.
Master of the MoorSince boyhood, Stephen Whalby (Colin Firth) has sought solitude on the wild, windy moor. But his taciturn ways and familiarity with the wilderness make him the prime suspect in a series of shocking murders. Approx. 154 min.
Vanity Dies HardAfter her best friend mysteriously disappears, Alice Fielding (Eleanor David) begins to suspect foul play, perhaps even murder. And the killer may have targeted Alice herself as the next victim. Approx. 155 min.
The Secret House of DeathNewly divorced Susan Townsend (Amanda Redman) makes a grisly discovery in her suburban neighborhood and soon becomes involved in a potentially deadly intrigue. Approx. 103 min.
The DoubleTwo women, identical in appearance but totally different in personality, compete for the affections of one man. Which will lose love and perhaps her life? Approx. 103 min.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE Ruth Rendell biography and cast filmographies.
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Volume 1 include four adaptations of Rendell's brand of psychological mystery, tales of relative or questionable guilt, stories of truth-seekers who had long been obtuse, thrillers in which murder suspects are in the spotlight because of previously, under-the-radar neurotic tendencies. Volume 1 begins with the fascinating "Master of the Moor," starring Colin Firth as Stephen, a man who has found, since his troubled childhood, great comfort in the moor near his longtime village home. That is, until the presence of murdered women for whom Firth's character comes under suspicion, a situation not helped by some unusual quirks in Stephen's background and personality. An intriguing class drama, "Vanity Dies Hard" concerns two, longtime friends, wealthy Alice (Eleanor David) and struggling Nesta (Jane Gurnett), who come to a crossroads in their relationship when Alice marries a young, hunky teacher, Andrew (Mark Frankel). A square peg in Alice's world of refinement and gossip, Andrew begins tying Alice to their home, a situation she must reject when she suspects Nesta has disappeared--and Andrew might have something to do with it.
"The Secret House of Death" finds newly divorced mother Susan (Amanda Redman) trying to avoid the culture of gossip that consumes other women in her suburban neighborhood. But when Susan discovers the bodies of an adulterous neighbor and his lover in her neighbor's house, she begins putting the pieces together and not coincidentally puts her life at risk. Finally, "The Double" is a mind-bender about a fellow, Peter (Jason Flemyng), who becomes involved with a woman who is the apparent double of his girlfriend. A prediction of death and questions about who this mystery double really is make this a captivating drama. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
- Four mysteries: Master of the Moor, Vanity Dies Hard, The Secret House of Death, The Double
- Ruth Rendell biography
- Cast filmographies
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Rosemary and Thyme, Foyle's War.....don't waste your money on this series......
Now, however, the bodies of young women are turning up dead on his beloved moor, and worse still, Stephen is the one finding them; the one being hounded by the police inspector. His wife grows more anxious as it becomes obvious that Stephen is the prime suspect, and his father grows more unbalanced. Meanwhile, his marriage--always strange--plunges into turmoil.
This is a terrific story, with tension building almost unbearably--the pity and terror that Aristotle prescribed for the theatre become overwhelming. Colin Firth is extraordinarily effective in terrorizing and touching us. He doesn't seem to have killed those women--or did he? And what about the third and final murder on the moor?