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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670912743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670912742
  • ASIN: B0075NM9G8
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,230,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, 'The New Girl Friend'; and a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Stecher on 31 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book with high expectations as I nearly like all of Barbara Vine's other works.
The start was promising especially as I've always been fascinated by genetics.
After about 10 chapters, however, I had figured out the solution. (I understood *what* the first Lord Nanther had done and *why*, I just didn't know how exactly he had organized everything.) I read on, because I said to myself: 'No, it can't be that simple. Barbara Vine has always kept you guessing - if not to the end, then at least to 2/3 of the novel.' But reading on confirmed my suspicions and I simply couldn't understand that Lord Nanther couldn't figure out the solution. Didn't he ever take a *really* close look at his own family tree?
Unfortunately, the main characters didn't manage to hold my interest either:
Lord Nanther IV seemed more in love with his wife's looks than with her personality. But maybe that's just how it appeared to me as I found Jude's personality incredibly tedious. We only learn about her that she's obsessed with having a baby at all costs. We never really got to know what she was like before she was consumed by that wish. I feel sorry for her, but simply couldn't manage to like her.
Lord Nanther IV is intelligent, conscientious -- and unfortunately very boring. I also found that I couldn't stand him constantly putting up a front and being dishonest about his feelings as not to hurt his wife. (I thought that it might have been a really good idea if Lord Nanther IV and his wife had been honest with another - just once.)
The only person who was interesting to me was the first Lord Nanther. Of course, he's not a sympathetic character until the birth of his second son.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. D. Miller on 10 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
Being an avid reader of Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine for some 20 years, I have not really been overwhelmed by her most recent work, even though I still buy every book and look forward to reading them.
This one I'm afraid continued her latest trend in my view. It did not not grip me and I found it very predictable. I continued to the end as ever, hoping for something to kick it into life, but failed.
Sorry to be negative - most of her work is outstanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Soul on 9 Sep 2003
Format: Paperback
I have read all Barbara Vine novels and do adore them, as much as Ruth Rendell,s perfect crime books. She is one of the greatest!
Having started The Blood Doctor I checked soon on Amazon if there were any reviews of other readers and most of them gave similar impressions as I just had reading the first say 100 pages. Quite negative, I have to admit.
But, as a faithful reader of her books, I continued, sometimes just not caring about all the family ties especially late in the book when it gets so confusing in the Swiss Alps, I just read on.
All in all, I must say, had this book been by another author I read for the first time, I would not have finished it. Now, after having just done so, I am glad I continued after the difficulties at the beginning, it is quite fascinating after all.
My, very personal, female impression all in all, is: this is a very sad, sad book, sad on all levels if in the 18th and 19th century or today, I really pitied the narrator, Martin, not so much for his lost seat in the House of Lords (although he soon misses this kind of work) but for his rather unsensible egoistic wife whom he adores and loves so much. And, well Henry, the blood doctor himself, is a very tragic figure as we learn, when reading on.
For firsttime Barbara Vine readers this might be a hard start but for people who already know her work I think, The Blood Doctor is very interesting although quite different from all her other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Ashford VINE VOICE on 11 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
I have only recently started to read the books of Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell) and when I picked The Blood Doctor up I was expecting a psychological thriller. And what a pleasant surprise I got - this book was even better!

The Blood Doctor tells the story of Martin Nanther's attempt to write a biography of his great-great-grandfather, Henry Nanther. We join with Martin in his attempts to unpick Henry's story through direct research and interviews with members of his extended family. Interwoven with Henry's story are other minor themes involving Martin's sadness over the loss of his hereditary seat in the House of Lords, and his and his wife's attempts to have a baby.

The story-telling is wonderfully done, with the different story strands weaving effortlessly together. There are many fascinating and brilliantly drawn minor characters, ranging through the colourful fellow peer, the domineering Aunt, the stroppy and arrogant son, etc.

The pace is slow (this is not a thriller), and the reader continually needs to refer back to the family trees printed at the front of the book to see who is who, but I enjoyed the gradual unravelling of the mystery concealed in Henry's life. If I have a criticism at all it is that Martin Nanther is just too nice; too considerate of his wife's needs, even when they are in conflict with his own, too aware of his own weaknesses and too willing to try to compensate for them - why don't I meet men like him???.
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