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Put on by Cunning [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Ruth Rendell , Charles Kay


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Book Description

February 1996 Chief Inspector Wexford Mysteries
The great flautist's death seemed to Chief Inspector Wexford an open-and-shut case of misadventure, but with the return of his daughter after an absence of 19 years come a couple of niggling doubts...Read by ITV's Inspector Wexford, George Baker. Sir Manuel Camargue, one of the greatest flautists of his time, was dead. Misadventure. An old man, ankle-deep in snow, he lost his foothold in the dark, slipping into water to be trapped under a lid of ice. Only a glove remained to point to where he lay, one of its fingers rising up out of the drifts. There's nothing Chief Inspector Wexford likes better than an open-and-shut case. They're so restful. And yet there are one or two niggling doubts - and the disturbing return of Camargue's daughter, now a considerable heiress, after an absence of nineteen years. Is Wexford going to listen to that naggin inner voice of his? and if he does, what exactly does he plan to do?
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745165974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745165974
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g

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From Library Journal

It has been said that the dramatic works of Shakespeare were written not by the poet-impresario but by another man with the same name. This is basically the plot of this otherwise very sophisticated and very English mystery by the author of such works as The Crocodile Bird (Audio Reviews, LJ 5/15/94). The term "anticlimax" scarcely does the work justice. In addition, reader Charles Kay, though sensitive and skilled, has a rough and not-very-pleasant voice. Also, the story, set in Thatcher's London suburbs, has a more than full complement of characters, several of whom are already dead when the action begins. This is a recording strictly for Rendell's fans, and libraries should purchase accordingly.

Preston Hoffman, Shelby, N.C.

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review

"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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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  42 reviews
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Wexford Novel July 29 2011
By Olga Bezhanova - Published on Amazon.com
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Wexford gets in the the grip of one of his obsessions when he suspects a crime has been committed and the death of an older musician of international fame might not have been accidental. Nobody believes Wexford (except his trusted partner Burden, of course.) Wexford's superiors are unwilling to allow him to entertain what they believe are baseless suspicions.Wexford, however, is convinced that there is something wrong about Natalie, the late flutist's daughter, who came back unexpectedly into her father's life after almost two decades of absence. Is Natalie who she says she is? Why is she behaving so suspiciously?

The dedicated detective is so committed to finding the truth that he travels to California on his own dime to find out the truth about his case. As readers, we get the added bonus of seeing Wexford and his wife Dora travel in the US and their reactions to this country.

Wexford's search for the truth does not end in the US, though. We will also see him travel to France in his attempt to crack this difficult case. In the end, however, the readers will still be surprised by the tangled web of complexities and coincidences in one of Wexford's most challenging cases.

I believe this is one of the best novels in the Wexford/Burden series. In my opinion, though, Wexford novels are less engaging than Rendell's stand-alone mysteries. For this reason, I give the book four stars.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex British Mystery - How Cunning are you? Feb. 13 2012
By Ron Chicaferro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Ruth Rendell is an amazing British author with a wonderful talent for mystery writing. Put On By Cunning is in the Inspector Wexford series of books and is as good as it gets. It is a maddeningly complex murder story where you really need to focus and keep your wits about you. The clues are all there for the reader to see - nothing is hidden. Although to come up with what really happened will take some cunning - and don't be put on!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 30 2012
By Katen - Published on Amazon.com
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Ruth Rendell is a master of great crime novels. Hard to put down. A complete page turner that meant inactive days and late nights.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Wexford's California on £5 a Day Jan. 22 2013
By takingadayoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the reasons I read English murder mysteries is because they take place in ... England. Ruth Rendell's Wexford novels are situated in the fictional small town of Kingsmarkham. Wexford occasionally makes his way to London, which is a few hours at most by train or car.

So it was a surprise to find Wexford taking his holidays in my native California. It was like seeing someone you recognize but can't place because they aren't in the place you normally see them. He and wife Dora make the trip in the second half of the book, and it's fun to see Wexford driving up Highways 1 and 101 and hearing his impressions of the places and people. He may have been hallucinating at one point when he saw a sign announcing the next town with its elevation listed in meters. Not likely. There was a time in the Seventies when the mileage signs were marked in both miles and kilometers, but often as not, the metric portion of the sign had bullet holes in it and eventually the government gave up on trying to introduce the metric system to an unwilling, even hostile, population. Our loss.

Wexford spends most of his two week holiday in California chasing down clues in a case he is supposed to have abandoned, but finds himself obsessed by. His wife goes sightseeing without him, and seems to be having a fine old time with an old flame who'd relocated to Los Angeles years ago.

Not long after the Wexfords return from California, Wexford manages to find it necessary to pursue the case to the South of France, but this time with his sidekick, Mike Burden.

The mystery itself gets quite complicated as Wexford chases down one false lead after another. It takes several pages of explaining to get all the pieces to fit in this one.

I'm still not sure I bought the whole mystery and its convoluted explanation, but going along with Wexford on his travels was certainly worth the ride.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put on by cunning (Wexford) Oct. 21 2012
By Sue Beebe - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like Ruth Rendell's earlier Inspector Wexford books, unlike her other psychologically, weird books, sometimes written under Ruth Rendell and sometimes under Barbara Vine. Her earlier books (which includes "Put On By Cunning") are some of the best mysteries I have ever read. I especially would recommend "To Death With Doon" and "Shake Hands Forever".
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