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Put On By Cunning: (A Wexford Case)

Put On By Cunning: (A Wexford Case) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Rendell
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"One of the best novelists writing today" -- P.D. James "The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time" -- Patricia Cornwell "Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world" -- Ian Rankin "[Wexford] has become an old friend who gets better with age" Herald "Rendell has quite simply transformed the genre of crime writing. She displays her peerless skill in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the potent murky impulses of desire and greed, obsession and fear" Sunday Times

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The eleventh book in the bestselling Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series. Perfect for both collectors and new fans of award-winning crime novelist Ruth Rendell, the author of classic detective fiction and gripping psychological thrillers including End in Tears and Thirteen Steps Down.

A legacy to die for...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (4 Feb 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00351YESK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is still a fine, engaging mystery, but to be honest Put on By Cunning does lack the special little ingredient that marks out Rendell's best Wexford stories. Wexford himself doesn't seem quite as sharp, not quite such a presence, and there is nothing in this book that really makes it stand out as unique among her work, although as I say it is still a fine enough mystery and better than most books on the market today. I certainly don't think it could be much longer than it is (which is not something you could say of msot of her work - most of them beg to be lengthier, and the reader desperately wishes they were so, to prolong the experience. Wisely, though, Rendell keeps them at the length which is necessary) as it is not as hugely interesting as some of her books.
It tells the story of the investigation into the death of renowned flautist Sir Manuel Camargue, who is found dead in a snow-drift having ventured outside his house during the night. At first it seems a straightforward case of death by misadventure; a nice easy case for Wexford to tie up. However, wexford has his niggling doubts, which are strengthened by the return of Camargue's estranged daughter, now his heiress, after a considerable absence of 19 years.
As I say, Put on By Cunning is a fine enough novel by any standard, but just not quite as engaging or special or interesting as Rendell's novels usually are. Certainly not the one to start with. This probably requires an already healthy appreciation of the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but again poor proofreading ... 15 Mar 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this Wexford story: subtle and curious, Ruth Rendell really plays with our expectations of this kind of story. We know a twist is coming, but it's almost impossible to get even a glimpse of it. When it comes though, the conclusion is surprising yet feels inevitable and therefore satisfying.

There's some beautiful writing here: how economically yet vividly she evokes Kingsmarkham in winter, California in spring and then, at the end, the atmosphere of evening in a tiny town in the south of France. I've always thought Ruth Rendell was a mistress at describing the sky; and she does this without resort to fancy words for blue or unusual adjectives - plain language producing far from plain imagery.

Again, for these new editions, Arrow need to employ better proofreaders. This text appears to have been copy-typed fast and not checked. Typos every three or four pages: at least two "Wexfrods"; several dropped capitals; two-letter words inverted; and even a couple of sentences that simply don't make sense! Please sort this out, Arrow - the Chief Inspector deserves better than this!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great 22 Sep 2010
I love Ruth Rendell and notice that this was one of her earlier ones and although it was ok I found it very slow and possibly would not recommend it. Also, as another reviewer said, this book had a large number of spelling mistakes. This needs to be looked at if this book is published again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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Good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remembered.... 31 Mar 2014
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Its been a few years since I last read this mid-period Wexford novel and I seem to remember that it was not one of my favourites. It still isn't BUT it I did enjoy it much more than I expected to. It starts off really well and I liked the main trio of suspects, the Zoffanys and especially the charming and intriguing Natalie Arno. Then it goes a bit flat with Reg and Dora's trip to California which, ultimately, seems a bit unnecessary and really just an excuse for Rendell to write about foreign parts for a change! She really enjoys herself with the descriptive passages here (and again later on in the South of France) but I'm not sure that any of it adds much to the actual story. Things pick up a bit again towards the end though I do sometimes wish that Reg's explanations to his stooge Burden of 'how it all happened' weren't QUITE so drawn out as they always are! I'm sure most of the readers are quite a bit ahead of him by this time! Anyway, its all well thought out and quite clever and I did really enjoy re-reading this one.
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