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Some Lie and Some Die (Inspector Wexford #8)

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A mutilated body found at a rock festival.

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
ebook, 192 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1973)
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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
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Also known as The Worst People in the World and Mike Burden Hates Hippies, Loves His Children.

A folk festival has set up at Sundays, a manor house owned by a sixty year-old man convinced he's a twenty year-old at heart, and the police are cautiously on alert for any trouble in the crowd of thousands. Famous local boy Zeno Vedast--as Burden sniffily says, that's hardly the name he was born with--has returned home to be the concert headliner. All seems to be going well until a woman's body is disc
When the body of a brutally beaten girl is found in a quarry during a hedonistic hippy festival near Kingsmarkham, Wexford is first on the scene. The victim's face has been pulped by the back-end of a bottle, but who, in this atmosphere of peace and love, could be capable of such violence?

A TV series was made based on this book and it's available at YouTube.

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Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, intricate, compelling mystery set in a time I distinctly remember! I was about the age of several of the main characters - both the victim and suspects - and yeah, it was like that, man. All cops were pigs. Well, not really. I was sort of a square, considering the times. But short skirts, weird makeup and those page boy hats we all wore, yeah I was there ...

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
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all of Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford books that I've read so far, this is a beautifully written murder mystery with superb characterizations and rich humour. Because it's from the 1970s, some of the humour is unintentional; hearing how we spoke and how we referred to certain things made me smile...more nostalgia than disdain.

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
Anne Forrest
Listened to this old style mystery. Each trip to or from work revealed a little more of the intricate plot.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating read, June 17, 2012
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.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere part of the way through your third Ruth Rendell you will become aware of just why she is regarded as being the very best there is at this detective fiction game. You won't have started number three without having enjoyed one and two. You will have enjoyed being drawn by the plot, being drawn to the main character and being impressed by the technical structure of the books. It is only during number three that you realise that the wonderful feeling that is growing inside you is caused by ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think maybe I need to take a break from Ruth for a bit to better appreciate her strengths. This particular novel has many of her hallmarks, but feels more dated given the setting--a seventies-era rock concert. The novel takes me back to old episodes of Ironsides and Hawaii 5-0 with the psychedelic camera work and the du. wacka, wacka sound track playing as the chief works his way throught the crime scene. As usual, Rendell uses an outside work to provide additional context to the mystery. This ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good murder mystery and there are few better exponents of them than RR. However, as someone else said, a break from these books may be a good idea as it's all seeming just a bit too familiar. Still, love the 'order out of chaos' that a crime book brings. Nearing the end of the book now and, as usual, not at all sure who did it!
Inspector Wexford #8.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Küündimatu soperdis.

Kirjutatud paar aastat pärast Woodstocki festivali. Rendell püüdis päevakajalist noortekultuuri kajastada, aga no ei osanud. Kogu keskkonna kirjeldus on maotu ja ebausutav. Tegelased on lamedad. Nende käitumine / suhtumine / reaktsioonid ebusutavad, ebaloogilised, imelikud või siis äärmuseni stereotüüpsed.

Vahepeal läheb tavaliseks krimkaks - uurimine, mõttekäigud, intekad inimestega - ja raamat võtab korraks normaalse krimka ilme. Siis tuleb lõpplahendus ja see on taas selli
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first Ruth Rendell mystery and I enjoyed it very much. It was published in 1973, when I was 18-19 years old. Because the storyline revolved around a rock concert, being held in a field, it brought back memories of my own youth.

I enjoyed getting to know Inspector Wexford and his co-horts. Like many famous literary detectives, Wexford figures out what's going on but doesn't "spill the beans" right away. I look forward my next Inspector Wexford novel.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I had read one of Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford novels a few years back and really did not like it. have been trying to find some new series/authors and decided to give this series another chance. I am afraid this novel did not change my view of the series.
Stephen Castley
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always brilliant.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a mystery set around a Woodstock-like rock festival. Fun.
Mavis Hewitt
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
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Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SOME LIE AND SOME DIE. (1973). Ruth Rendell. ***1/2.
A rock festival is being put on in the fields outside of Kingsmarkham. In spite of worries by the townspeople, the festivities proceed without any troubles. It is only when the festival is winding down and the fans are leaving for home that a young woman’s body is discovered in a nearby quarry. She had been brutally disfigured and hidden in a cleft in the rock. Inspector is soon involved in the murder and learns a lot about pop culture and the
Ursula LeCoeur
Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?

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

Jayne Clifford-Greening
The synopsis reads: ' " When the body of a brutally beaten girl is found in a quarry during a hedonistic hippy festival at Sundays near Kingsmarkham, Wexford is first on the scene. The victim's face has been pulped by the back-end of a bottle, but who, in this atmosphere of peace and love, could be capable of such violence?

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
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was not the author's best work. The mystery felt forced and klunky. Some of the characterizations were so based on being told what the person was like they felt weak. That being said, it's still a good book, with some gorgeous writing. The recurring characters have the depth and truth I've come to expect in Ms. Rendell's books.

My big issues with the mystery plot could be a spoiler, so stop here if you don't want to know yet.

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Christine Cody
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book opens with Burden complaining about the masses arriving in Kingsmarkham, whining, “Why do they have to come here??” Wexford calls him an old stick-in-the-mud and complains that Mike sounds like he’s talking about rats instead of kids. “They’re just here to have a good time.” So Wexford and Burden drive over to the estate grounds where over-the-hill wealthy pseudo hippie Martin Silk is welcoming the kids to his land: 8,000 happy, loving hippies will be spending the weekend at the first o ...more
Dyah Subagyo
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Burden's character has been improved. He has gradually redeemed and endeared himself to me.
As for the case, the memorable things about it are the mindless brutality which befalls the victim and the abundance of suspects. A character feels like he is just pasted in the story to give it a bit more excitement and provide a bantering partner for Wexford for discussing philosophy.
Two characters I found despicable and irrevocably rotten. One of them is Zeno Vedast, aka Harold Goodbody, which has not
Mark Stevens
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe not Ruth Rendell’s best, perhaps, but a middle-of-the-road entry is so much better than most. I have only read a half-dozen of Rendell’s (or so) but when I saw this title at a library book sale, for cheap, I grabbed it and immediately fell under her powerful spell. Rendell balances atmosphere, character and plot like few others. In other words, well. The Inspector Wexford stories I’ve read are solid and sturdy mysteries and start with analysis and deduction, of course, rather than action. ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The sleepy area around the village of Kingsmarkham is scandalized by a pop festival held by the eccentric owner of a large estate on the outskirts of town. When a woman is found dead in a nearby quarry, some think it’s only what would be expected. But it turns out the woman wasn’t a festival-goer, and was indeed dead long before the crowds arrived for the music. But is she connected to one of the stars of the show? And, the real question: “Who kills…the one who holds the knife, the one who says, ...more
Apr 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers who like suspense/detective stories
This was my first Inspector Wexford mystery. This book is much lighter and more traditional British detective fiction than Rendell's more recent books. Originally published in 1973, it has an Agathie Christie format, but it is more twisty than an average Christie. I liked it. It is simpler than modern detective/mystery stories in that it doesn't get into the flashy blood and DNA evidence. No multiple cliffhangers. The Inspector is a bit old-fashioned. The pace of the mystery seemed slow, followi ...more
Kevin Bergeron
The second book I've read by this author, "Heartstones" being the first. This book was a bit of a disappointment, as I loved "Heartstones" and this seemed to me not of the same level. It's a competently constructed and readable detective story, but rather flat overall, with little in plot, character or narrative voice that make it stand out. It stays very much within the lines of genre, and I like a book that breaks out and defies expectations. There is one part near the end of the book that I t ...more
Carol Evans
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-book
A more fulfilling mystery, although I have the feeling it’s still not her best. I found Wexford’s way of looking at the whole situation, the ins and outs of people’s relationships, their secrets and their desires, rather than just the blood spot on the wall remarkable. However, I think the revealing of the killer was a little disappointing. It’s a fairly short book and the killer is not truly the bad guy, but I just don’t think we were given enough insight into his thought-process to make the ki ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It was interesting to read about the Peace and Love movement in Britain. Although the book cover says its about rock stars and their groupies, it's really about one fictional rocker and his entourage. In truth, it's about Inspector Wexford thinking through a crime. It starts slowly, and Mike Burden really irritated me in the beginning, but he either mellows or I did through the tale. As for the solution itself, there's good reason why Rendell is called a master of the psychological suspense.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engrossing page turner that is heavy on twists and turns and thankfully light on gruesomeness. If you are one of those sad, pathetic people that thrive on sickeningly realistic details and high body counts then you will be disappointed. For intelligent people looking for a well written mystery that keeps you guessing this is a good read.
The performance by Nigel Anthony is so good I often thought i was listening to a BBC dramatization. He brings the characters to life with distinctive and auth
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