Adam and Eve and Pinch me
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Adam and Eve and Pinch me

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,279 ratings  ·  98 reviews
In Adam and Eve and Pinch Me, the mills of the gods appear to have ground Jock Lewis to dust--or have they? Jock's obsessive-compulsive girlfriend, Minty, thinks he was killed in a train crash and is tormented by his ghost. But the cheerfully amoral Jock--AKA Jerry Leach and Jeff Leigh, depending on which woman he's romancing--faked his death to move on to yet another unsu...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published July 30th 2001 by Hutchinson (first published 2001)
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Barbara
Dec 28, 2012 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Teresa
Shelves: mystery, suspense
It would be inaccurate for the reader to classify this book as a mystery, because one can observe the actions of the characters throughout. The proper genre would most aptly be one of suspense. The mystery to me is how Ruth Rendell, unarguably The Queen of the Crime Novel, is able to produce such a broad array of psychopathology in her writing. Bewildering, it often is, but coupled with her brilliant style of story telling, her books are compelling.

The stories of these characters and their acti...more
Jackie Gunn
Didn't find this up to the usual standard of Ruth Rendell.
Pamela
The only reason I managed to muddle my way through to the end of this piece of crap is because I am a fan of Jasper Fforde and his Thursday Next series. After the first third of the book, the purpose of reading it was not to find out what happened (that was fairly obvious from the beginning) but rather to imagine it as a book needing Thursday's attention. A book invaded by other characters--in this case characters from nursery rhymes.

Let's see....there's Jack Sprat who could eat no fat, his wif...more
Roderick Hart
The narrative depends on two characters. One is a man who doesn’t work himself but lives off women who do work and/or have money. He goes from one to another, presumably in the hope of hitting the jackpot. The other is Araminta Knox. She works as a dry cleaner, but her aunt has left her some money and the house in which she lives.

But Araminta has problems. The first is her addiction to cleanliness, which she takes too far. (The description of this condition strongly reminds me of a story by Mur...more
Kate
Wow! This is a perfect book to read in Halloween season (as I happened to have done) because it's wonderfully weird. We begin with a sweet young woman who's been seduced and abandoned-- and gradually realize that her behavior isn't exactly normal, never mind the fact that her house is haunted. The other characters in the book are sympathetic and repellent by turns. And talk about turns-- the plot is crammed full of surprises. (And I'm not offering any detail because I want you, Dear Fellow Reade...more
Sam
Although I did enjoy this a little more than some of Rendell's other works I still found myself getting somewhat irritated by her characters as they were rather weak and let themselves be dragged along by the whims of the men in their lives. The story itself was very good showing the damage that one man can do if he were so inclined and how the smallest things can escalate out of control and end in a murder or two. Of all the characters in this book the only one I really felt any compassion for...more
Arachne8x
This book had some good potential, but ultimately fell flat.

Minty, an reclusive clean freak with other OCD tendencies, finds out that her boyfriend Jock has died in a Tube accident. But Jock has more than one name, more than one love, and has told countless lies. Things start to unravel when some of the women he's conned come into contact with eachother.

I found this book easy to get through, but when it was said and done, I wasn't satisfied. I think the author did not do a good job of making M...more
Emily
Not really my cup of tea: in general, I'm not as much a fan of mysteries where the tension lies in knowing whodunit and wondering how/when/if he or she will be caught. Here though, there's simply not a lot of tension to begin with: Araminta's condition steadily worsens and it's pretty easy to see how the main murder will occur and the three main female characters' lives intersect with that event. Although Minty is a large driving force of the novel, I grew bored pretty quickly with the detailed...more
Kristine
I have read many books by Ruth Rendell and in some ways this was typical Ruth Rendell. Rendell is able to create and develop characters like no one else. She has the ability to uncover people's worst personalities. The storyline itself was interesting, but there was something about one of the characters (Minty) that just was unbelievable. I will continue to read Rendell's books with the hope that the next one will be better.
Joy Perry
This book was just not up to Ruth Rendall's usual standards. It meandered here and there, casually linking the lives of three women who knew the murder victim by various names.

You knew from the beginning who the murderer was but the book rambled on for 400 some pages.

I like a tight, suspenseful mystery, and this was not it. The most suspense was created by the editor who wrote the notes for the back cover.
Lauren Kardos
I have no idea how this book can be taken seiously. I got this book for free and it was still too much. The long descriptions are tedious and it feels as though Rendell writes as if she doesn't know how humans actually interact or feel emotion. The dialogue is fake and borderline offensive. I recommend reading this only when drunk - that's the only way I could get through it.
Pat
Rendell's approach fascinates me. Once again, the first murder doesn't happen until one-third of the way through the book, and the reader knows all along who the perp is. Her emphasis is, as always, on the characters and their interaction, not the crimes.
Three couples' lives are affected by the con man Jerry/Jeff/Jock, who "gets his" after taking so many girlfriends for a ride. I loved Zillah, who always lands on her feet despite all odds. Jims, the hapless gay MP, is well-drawn, as are obnoxiou...more
Michelle
This book wasnt what i expected at all. From the cover it looked like a thiller - the only scary thing was the woman with OCD. It was ok, easy reading with not much of a story line.
Susan
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Paul
ugh. too many story lines that lead nowhere and no true suspense. waste of my time.
Laura
This book was really strange. That's about all I have to say about it.
Siobhan
Not my favourite book in the world. It took effort to finish.
Joanna
That Life is too short to read Ruth Rendell :)
KatMcD
Book Club pick. DNF. Couldn't get into it.
rivka
Bizarre and pointless.
Marfita
Jul 29, 2009 Marfita rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: mystery lovers, armchair psychologiest, and philosphers
Shelves: cozies, mysteries
This was a good read. Instead of figuring out whodunnit, we are taxed with whosolvzit. We have an omniscient view of the murder from soup to nuts. We see the situation forming, we see the murderer and the victim do their dance until they inevitably come together and the murderer spins away to get on with life. Then we wait while we wonder if the murderer will be discovered and we sort of hope not. Like most cozies, the victim seems to have deserved something, if not actual death. Rendell has man...more
F.R.
The aptly named Jeff Leach is a rogue. An immoral ladies man, he finds attractive women with their own property and moves in with them, gets them to give him ‘loans’ (and sometimes to take out fresh mortgages on their homes) and then dumps them to disappear with his next conquest. In the background are the wife and two kids he’s also abandoned, but who he does drift back occasionally to see – even if he offers nothing in the way of support. His is a complex and difficult to follow life, which to...more
Renee
I've heard wonderful things about Ruth Rendell for years -- decades, even -- but had only read one of her books until a few weeks ago. Even this one was rather a happy accident -- I needed books to "bring with me" to NYC on my Kindle, and this book was actually available for electronic loan from my library. I can confirm, once again, that Rendell is a master of her craft!

Honestly, though, I'm not sure that I'd have kept reading if my only other choice was James Patterson (who, also honestly, was...more
Jodi
Slogged through to the killing of the Casanova and then not much afterwards I stopped reading it. Surprisingly, we knew who the killer was and the police investigation was pointing at a couple of suspects. Since I stopped reading before the investigation was complete, I have no idea who was charged with the murder. And that is why I quit reading it, I could have cared less.
Trish
A no-good man is the lynchpin connecting three very different women. Araminta (Minty) is in her 30s but her sheltered upbringing has left her innocent and vague; she actually believes the letter she gets claiming her boyfriend Jock was killed in a railway accident. His wife knows the letter is a fraud, but she takes it as a sign that her husband is content to have her act as though he's dead, so she agrees to marry her gay friend so his parliamentary career will advance. Minty begins to believe...more
Deirdre
Interesting read. The story pivots around a man who is using a lot of women. He robs them blind while making them feel like he will marry them. One of his problems is that he's married. However he really doesn't play a part in his wife or children's lives. He tries to convince some of his women friends that he is in fact dead, having died in a train crash. The biggest problem is that one of them, Minty, is mentally unstable, and believes that she sees and hears the dead so when she sees him arou...more
Carol Wakefield
Slow starter for a rendell but then hurries along and continues to accelerate till the ending. Thoroughly satisfactory psychological study of a schizophrenic character. Carry on ms rendell!
J.R.
For a man who is supposed to be dead, Jock Lewis has a lot of women wondering about him.

There's Minty, who keeps seeing him and expects he must be a ghost. Zillah, who is glad to be rid of him and anxious to get on with her new life as the wife of a wealthy Conservative member of Parliament. And, finally, Fiona, a successful banker, who is devastated by his disapperance and apparent death.

Rendell, in her usual brilliant manner, brings their lives and those of their neighbors together in increasi...more
Megha
I thinks its strong 2 or 2.5.. its little slow paced but a different story line (nor good or bad) so u can read it once.

That was a bad one or i dont know i have been thinking about this book so that means it has to be 3. so there you go i changed it to 3 starts from 2... am writing another after all this time, Imagine after all this time i din't forget the story. It was for sure little dragging and slow and little boring but nothing like other suspense or thrillers. Its not even a thriller. It...more
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