From three-time Edgar Awardâ€“winning mystery writer Ruth Rendell comes a captivating and expertly plotted tale of residents and servants on one block of a posh London streetâ€”and the deadly ways their lives intertwine.Life for the residents and servants of Hexam Place appears placid and orderly on the outside: drivers take their employers to and from work, dogs are walked, flowers are planted in gardens, and Christmas candles lit uniformly in windows. But beneath this tranquil veneer, the upstairs-downstairs relationships are set to combust.Henry, the handsome valet to Lord Studley, is sleeping with both the Lordâ€™s wife and his university-age daughter. Montserrat, the Still familyâ€™s lazy au pair, assists Mrs. Still in keeping secret her illicit affair with a television actorâ€”in exchange for pocket cash. June, the haughty housekeeper to a princess of dubious origin, tries to enlist her fellow house-helpers into a â€śsocietyâ€ť to address complaints about their employers. Meanwhile, Dex, the disturbed gardener to several families on the block, thinks a voice on his cell phone is giving him godlike instructionsâ€”commands that could imperil the lives of all those in Hexam Place.The St. Zita Society is Ruth Rendell at her brilliant bestâ€”a deeply observed and suspenseful novel of murder in the quintessentially London world of servants and their masters.