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Put On By Cunning: (A Wexford Case) (Inspector Wexford series Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Rendell
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Book Description

The eleventh book to feature the classic crime-solving detective, Chief Inspector Wexford.

Sir Manuel Camargue, Kingsmarkham's very own celebrity flautist, dies tragically on a snowy night. His death is met with a ruling of misadventure and appears to be an open-and-shut-case. However Wexford, as the investigating officer, has a few niggling doubts.

Nineteen years later, Camargue's entrancing daughter, Natalie, now a considerable heiress, suddenly reappears in Kingsmarkham. When her fiancé appeals to Wexford for help, believing that Natalie is using a false identity, the case of the Camargues is once more under investigation.

Events soon take a gruesome twist and the pressure is on for Wexford to discover Natalie's true identity and to solve the mystery of the Camargue family, once and for all.

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  • Editorial Reviews

    From Library Journal

    It has been said that the dramatic works of Shakespeare were written not by the poet-impresario but by another man with the same name. This is basically the plot of this otherwise very sophisticated and very English mystery by the author of such works as The Crocodile Bird (Audio Reviews, LJ 5/15/94). The term "anticlimax" scarcely does the work justice. In addition, reader Charles Kay, though sensitive and skilled, has a rough and not-very-pleasant voice. Also, the story, set in Thatcher's London suburbs, has a more than full complement of characters, several of whom are already dead when the action begins. This is a recording strictly for Rendell's fans, and libraries should purchase accordingly.

    Preston Hoffman, Shelby, N.C.

    Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


    "The most brilliant mystery novelist of our time." – Patricia Cornwell

    "Ms Rendell exercises a grip as relentless as an anaconda’s." – Guardian

    Product Details

    • File Size: 507 KB
    • Print Length: 288 pages
    • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (January 19, 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00351YESK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Wexford Novel July 29, 2011
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    Wexford gets in the the grip of one of his obsessions when he suspects a crime has been committed and the death of an older musician of international fame might not have been accidental. Nobody believes Wexford (except his trusted partner Burden, of course.) Wexford's superiors are unwilling to allow him to entertain what they believe are baseless suspicions.Wexford, however, is convinced that there is something wrong about Natalie, the late flutist's daughter, who came back unexpectedly into her father's life after almost two decades of absence. Is Natalie who she says she is? Why is she behaving so suspiciously?

    The dedicated detective is so committed to finding the truth that he travels to California on his own dime to find out the truth about his case. As readers, we get the added bonus of seeing Wexford and his wife Dora travel in the US and their reactions to this country.

    Wexford's search for the truth does not end in the US, though. We will also see him travel to France in his attempt to crack this difficult case. In the end, however, the readers will still be surprised by the tangled web of complexities and coincidences in one of Wexford's most challenging cases.

    I believe this is one of the best novels in the Wexford/Burden series. In my opinion, though, Wexford novels are less engaging than Rendell's stand-alone mysteries. For this reason, I give the book four stars.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Complex British Mystery - How Cunning are you? February 13, 2012
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    Ruth Rendell is an amazing British author with a wonderful talent for mystery writing. Put On By Cunning is in the Inspector Wexford series of books and is as good as it gets. It is a maddeningly complex murder story where you really need to focus and keep your wits about you. The clues are all there for the reader to see - nothing is hidden. Although to come up with what really happened will take some cunning - and don't be put on!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Wexford's California on £5 a Day January 22, 2013
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    One of the reasons I read English murder mysteries is because they take place in ... England. Ruth Rendell's Wexford novels are situated in the fictional small town of Kingsmarkham. Wexford occasionally makes his way to London, which is a few hours at most by train or car.

    So it was a surprise to find Wexford taking his holidays in my native California. It was like seeing someone you recognize but can't place because they aren't in the place you normally see them. He and wife Dora make the trip in the second half of the book, and it's fun to see Wexford driving up Highways 1 and 101 and hearing his impressions of the places and people. He may have been hallucinating at one point when he saw a sign announcing the next town with its elevation listed in meters. Not likely. There was a time in the Seventies when the mileage signs were marked in both miles and kilometers, but often as not, the metric portion of the sign had bullet holes in it and eventually the government gave up on trying to introduce the metric system to an unwilling, even hostile, population. Our loss.

    Wexford spends most of his two week holiday in California chasing down clues in a case he is supposed to have abandoned, but finds himself obsessed by. His wife goes sightseeing without him, and seems to be having a fine old time with an old flame who'd relocated to Los Angeles years ago.

    Not long after the Wexfords return from California, Wexford manages to find it necessary to pursue the case to the South of France, but this time with his sidekick, Mike Burden.

    The mystery itself gets quite complicated as Wexford chases down one false lead after another. It takes several pages of explaining to get all the pieces to fit in this one.

    I'm still not sure I bought the whole mystery and its convoluted explanation, but going along with Wexford on his travels was certainly worth the ride.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 30, 2012
    By Katen
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    Ruth Rendell is a master of great crime novels. Hard to put down. A complete page turner that meant inactive days and late nights.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Put on by cunning (Wexford) October 21, 2012
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    I really like Ruth Rendell's earlier Inspector Wexford books, unlike her other psychologically, weird books, sometimes written under Ruth Rendell and sometimes under Barbara Vine. Her earlier books (which includes "Put On By Cunning") are some of the best mysteries I have ever read. I especially would recommend "To Death With Doon" and "Shake Hands Forever".
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Competent and smoothly rendered. A good read September 2, 2012
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    Rendell only gets better. Her characters are finely drawn and behave in believable ways, always a satisfactory element in a novel. The plot has sufficient previews that are subtle enough not to allow accurate prediction of the ending, but they are there. There is none of the improbable surprises that ruin an ending by destroying that wonderful sense of suspended disbelief. The book is a good read, well worth the time.
    Bettie Banks
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cunning is Fetching! August 7, 2012
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    Even though this early Ruth Rendell is dated--DNA evidence today would solve the plot, which takes place at least thirty years ago, almost instantly--the novel is suspenseful and clever. Inspector Wexford has been a fine character for Rendell; his astuteness and humanity alone are enough to keep the reader interested. Definitely a good read--as just about all of Rendell or Vine's fiction is.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars One Story, Two Titles??? April 9, 2015
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    This title doesn't match the content! I had recently read DEATH NOTES by the same author. A central character was, not surprisingly, a musician. When a began PUT ON BY CUNNING, I was surprised to find DEATH NOTES between the covers. Sloppy publishing and marketing like this should never happen. At the very least, the purchase price should be refunded. (That will be the day!)
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns
    I do like how well Ruth Rendell can develop a storyline complicated enough to keep our interest till the last page. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Irma Marzan
    1.0 out of 5 stars Burdensome grammar
    There are no character with which to identify. The asides are intrusive and distracting rather than humerous. They obstruct the forward motion of the plot. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Mary Pearlman
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Rendell
    Love Rendell. But this book fell flat for me.

    The surge to the conclusion seemed frantic and not as well developed as I'm used to with this author.
    Published 22 days ago by Bitsy Bit
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Rendell's books are always enjoyable reads.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    A better than most "who done it?"
    Published 1 month ago by Sophie W. Barry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent plot. I love Ruth Rendell's mysteries.
    Published 1 month ago by Lea Viveiros de Castro
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ruth Rendell mystery
    Rendell is the best. She always delivers an interesting and integrated story. Her Wexford series has the most interesting characters.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    One of my favorite mystery writers. She never disappoints
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    Anything by Ruth Rendell is a masterpiece.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Put on by cunning
    I really liked this book the twist and turns kept you guessing right up to the end .He did slot of traveling and the descriptions were so very good you almost felt like you were... Read more
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