October 18, 1993 12:00 PM

by Barbara Vine

Written by Ruth Rendell under her Barbara Vine byline, this is the year’s best mystery by far. It blends family saga, dark comedy of manners and a characteristic Vine theme, a long-ago murder’s echoing consequences. Much is told in the diaries of an immigrant matriarch that supposedly became posthumous best-sellers. Her secret jottings are fascinating for the best reason: because she is. (Harmony Books, $22)

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