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Adam and Eve and Pinch me

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  1,864 Ratings  ·  141 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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Apr 21, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dec 19, 2015 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another terrific psychological suspense drama from the author. Several interconnected stories tied together by the murder of a womanizing opportunistic cad. You know who and how and why, but it's still such a compelling read. There is a timeless quality to Rendell's characters, sure the reader can date the time the story takes place by the outside factors, in this case movies, since there's quite a few cinefiles in the bunch, but aside from that the small sadness or sad smallness of their lives ...more
Kaustubh Dudhane
This has been my blind date with a book after a long time. I had picked it up from a used bookseller in Fort, Mumbai. The characters are strange (which is good.) The plot is a good one but it fails to amaze after the midway. Adam and Eve and Pinch Me is a okayish yet frustrating book at times.
Apr 20, 2015 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2013 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2009 Marfita rated it liked it  ·  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
Jul 07, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-british
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
Oct 20, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2013 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, psychology
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
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
Jan 10, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
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.
Apr 21, 2013 Kristine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 25, 2016 Dori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I've read this book. It's one of those books that I actually purchased about 12 years ago and read it and then it's been sitting in my bookcase. I remember I enjoyed it the first time around and I enjoyed it again this time. I felt like it was a good suspense story and I was keenly interested to see how it was all going to end.
Lauren Kardos
Mar 15, 2012 Lauren Kardos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 22, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Judith Teggelaar
Sep 08, 2015 Judith Teggelaar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any mystery fan.
Recommended to Judith by: Jim Teggelaar
This is a very good book focusing on 3 women and their involvement with one man. We know who the murderer is the moment the crime is committed, but I still felt sorry for her to the end.
Michelle Sibley
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.
Sep 12, 2010 KatMcD rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Book Club pick. DNF. Couldn't get into it.
Jun 29, 2010 Joanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That Life is too short to read Ruth Rendell :)
Feb 25, 2008 rivka rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avoid
Bizarre and pointless.
Aug 26, 2008 Siobhan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Not my favourite book in the world. It took effort to finish.
Nov 17, 2007 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was really strange. That's about all I have to say about it.
Jan 13, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ugh. too many story lines that lead nowhere and no true suspense. waste of my time.
May 12, 2008 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
very odd book.
Dec 07, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book developed nicely, but sometimes the flashing from one view to another was disruptive, and the ending seemed rushed.
Candy Wood
If there’s a term for the opposite of a whodunit, it fits this book, first published in 2001. Readers know not only who commits the murders but also exactly how and why. The other characters and the police, however, do not, and the interest is in the psychology of the many focalizing characters: a youngish woman obsessed with cleanliness and ritual, her friendly neighbors, the charming man who takes advantage of women and tells jokes like the “Adam and Eve” one, the woman who married him and had ...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
Nov 26, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a backwards mystery, but it was no less suspenseful because of that! Within a short time, I knew who was going to be murdered: Jock Lewis, aka Jeff Leigh, aka Jerry Leach. A charming, handsome man, JL made using women his life’s work, because he certainly had no other occupation. And there is no question about who murdered him, because that happens on page 141 (of 356 pages)! Knowing the who, what, when, where, how, and even the why before I’m halfway through a book might seem to be a s ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Lesley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Now I wanted to like this: having just read " Tigerlily's Orchids", and, having had a recommendation from my aunt, I was expecting much.
It was a turgid read, with too much emphasis on our poor little Minty. Her descent into madness wasn't well done, but nonetheless it carried the narrative forward pretty well. It just wasn't compelling. It was a case of-

"Oh just get on with it!"

I liked the black couple next door, and I really liked Zillah and Jims, but again..... I lost patience with eating diso
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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 and above all for Inspector Wexford.
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