From the Publisher:
Gossip in tiny Linchester is raised to new heights when young Patrick Selby dies on the night of his beautiful wife's birthday party. The whole neighborhood was there, witness to the horrible attack of wasps Peter suffered at the end of the evening. But did Peter die of the stings? Dr. Greenleaf thinks not. After all, wasps aren't the only creatures that kill with poison...
Ruth Rendell: To Fear a Painted Devil. Fawcett Books Books, ISBN: 0345349512 (December, 1993), 208 p., $6.99