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Adam and Eve and Pinch me

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,565 ratings  ·  118 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Emma
Although this is only my second Ruth Rendell book, Adam and Eve and Pinch Me has cemented in my mind just what a masterful storyteller Ruth Rendell is. It tells several stories, all linked by one man known by various different names.

I am reluctant to divulge too much of the story in this review as Rendell has paced out the revelations so beautifully throughout the novel and I have no desire to detract from this exquisite journey. Needless to say, it contains ghosts that aren't ghosts, goodies wh
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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
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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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Bev
As much as I have loved Ruth Rendell mysteries, and enjoyed this book too, this was not one of my favorites. The plot seems too convoluted and it took way too long to get to the meat of the story. Three women are each dealing with husband problems. Minty is seeing her husband's ghost after he was killed in a train wreck at Paddington Station, Zillah's husband was killed in the same accident and she is about to remarry, and Fiona's fiancé went out for a walk and disappeared. When various stabbing ...more
Laura
This was a wonderful psychological thriller. I particularly enjoyed how the book switched to different character's viewpoints. The stupidity of some of the characters might have seemed too over the top, but having met people who are similarly wired to Zillah, Fiona, and Laf, I understood how they might have missed the obvious when it came to Jeff/Jerry/Minty. This was a book where you sort of had an idea how it would be resolved, but it wasn't any less satisfying for that fact. I've never read a ...more
Vanessab
Another novel full of weird self deceiving characters. This one explores the damage a selfish con man can do. Pleasant on the surface this character uses vulnerable women, taking their money and then abandoning them. The damage he does to the already fragile Minty is catastrophic and very sad. Many other characters in the novel are self seeking and also self deceiving. The trouble this gets them into is often amusing and bizarre.
Having read three Rendell/Vine novels one after the other I can see
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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.
Stephanie Stennett
Be warned! This is an not a James Patterson page turner! (Page turners only because half of every one is blank!!) There's much here to enjoy, but it will not be to everyone's taste. Always like Rendell , though I'll admit I think she could have shaved about 50 pages, at least, off this. Odd, rambling sort of tale, with several main characters, some if whom don't even meet. Interesting intersecting stories. It's pretty obvious Minty is schizophrenic. And Zillah sounds like too many boring, self-i ...more
Joanna
That Life is too short to read Ruth Rendell :)
KatMcD
Book Club pick. DNF. Couldn't get into it.
Cliff
Not a whodunit. Not really a mystery. Not quite a ghost story. Perhaps a little of each. An examination of the effects of a ne'er do well womaniser on the lives of the women he conned and misled. Ruth Rendell knits all these disparate threads into a convincing whole, centred on Minty who never knows (so far as we are aware by the end) of the deceits practised on her and others by her 'fiancé' 'Jock' who she believes died in the Ladbroke Grove train crash. She is severely OCD and this aspect is s ...more
rivka
Bizarre and pointless.
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
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Rachael
Despite only liking a few of the characters, being completely fine with the murder victim meeting his end, and knowing the identity of the murderer with absolute certainty as the crime was being committed I loved this book. Rendell is a great storyteller and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next and how the characters' lives would intersect. I look forward to reading more of her books.
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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, who also wrote under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, was an acclaimed English crime writer, known for her many psychological thrillers and murder mysteries.
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