Some Lie and Some Die (Inspector Wexford #8)
In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, until the hideously disfigured body is discovered in a nearby quarry. And soon Wexford is investigating the links between a local girl gone bad and a charismatic singer who inspires an unwholesome devotion in his followers. Some ...more
A TV series was made based on this book and it's available at YouTube.
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As for the mystery, a young woman is found dead in a quarry at the scene of a 'rave-up' or what we Yanks would simply call a conc ...more
And if you're curious, the song from which the title comes--the lyrics for which are included with a helpful map at the beginning of my edition of this book--is a ...more
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Some Lie and Some Die (An Inspector Wexford Mystery) (Paperback)
This is the 2nd mystery in the Inspector Wexford series that I've read and they are worlds apart. This story is not long at all as was thr other book in this series.
The premise (rock concert) would have been a mystery I would have ordinarily avoided but since it was an Inspector Wexford I gave it a try on CD. ...more
Marilyn Stasio of the NYT likes Ruth Rendell, which is why I often see her name whenever I scan the column for something to read. Some Lie and Some Die, originally published in 1973, is a delightful but merciless condemnation of human nature. There are many human flaws on display in this book, but Rendell takes a special look at whatever it is that makes us slaves to love.
Rendell confronts complicated human truths with uncommon cool. The characters
Read by................ Nigel Anthony
Total Runtime......... 6 Hours 10 Mins
Description: During the brilliantly depicted rock festival in the grounds of Sundays House, the bands play, the weather is fine, and a good time is had by all except one or two disgruntled locals. Oh, and the sometimes-grouchy Inspector Burden of course, but even he lightens up to the idea eventually. However, as the festival begins to wind itself down, two precocious lovers discover a battered body in a nearby quarry, an ...more
My big issues with the mystery plot could be a spoiler, so stop here if you don't want to know yet.
(view spoiler)[I figured out pretty early on that there was some ...more
The body is that of local girl turned stripper Dawn Stonor, but it is the unlikely link between this ill-fated and the mysterious folk-singer Zeno Vedast that piques Wexford's ...more
People who know the era say that Rendell's portrait of a 1970's folk-rock singer and his groupies is spot on. I'll buy that. I didn't buy the psychology behind the murder. It's a good thing Rendell deepened the character and made ...more
I really enjoy it when Wexford waxes philosophical. Rendell always throws in some really good observations about human nature into her books.
The motive(s) and the entire breakdown by Wexford at the end of the book was really really good! I loved the way he pulled the 3 goof-offs together and told them the who, what, when, where, why and how of it all.
I've just finished the 3rd mystery in a row with detective Wexford and am hooked. I like him and his partner. I like the flaws and intelligence Wexford brings to the job, the story and the compassion he feels.
Not to be too picky, I wish Rendell had written a slightly longer book with a little more about the the actual murderer. I think the ending could still have been ...more