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Publisher's Summary

For a while the music Festival in Kingsmarkham was going well. The sun shone, the groups played and everyone - except a few angry neighbours - seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed, and a young couple made a gruesome discovery. In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, that is, until a hideously disfigured body is discovered in the nearby quarry. 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 Lie and Some Die is a truly captivating novel, in which Wexford's deductive powers come up against the aloof arrogance of stardom.

©1999 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"Undoubtedly one of the best writers of English mysteries and chiller-killer plots." ( Los Angeles Times)

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Ruth Rendell really dislikes women

It’s sad when a female writer perpetuates misogyny. I’m sure Ruth Rendell is a a nom de plume for a male writer

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  • Sarah
  • 11-05-2015

Complex and compelling

I liked it very much and listened to it almost non stop. The plot is far-fetched but Rendell pulls it off. Most of the characters are twisted and troubled, with Wexford and his partner having to make sense of the weird things they have done. It was fascinating to follow the trail along with them as they uncover the clues that eventually lead them to the sordid truth.
The narrator did an excellent job of giving voices to the various characters.

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  • shirley reid
  • 23-03-2015

Wonderful

What did you love best about Some Lie and Some Die?

Ruth Rendell keeps you guessing until the end, without cheating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always enjoy Chief Inspector Wexford. Very believable.

What does Nigel Anthony bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

don't know how he manages to 'do ' the voices.

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  • Calliope
  • 21-01-2019

I don't understand the appeal.....

This is one of the mysteries in her DCI Wexford series, but I didn't find it interesting in characters or story. I decided it will be the last Rendell book I try -- I've loved all the books she's written as Barbara Vine, but I just don't like her Rendell books.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 16-04-2022

Unpersuasive Portrayal of the l960s

As sometimes happens when writers of an earlier generation try to be up to date by portraying the 1960s in their work, Rendell is here quite unsuccessful. It would have been better if the Chief Inspector Wexford books had stayed in the 1950s, an era Rendell understands better and portrays more persuasively.

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  • Lynn
  • 21-09-2020

Top form vintage Ruth Rendell

Set in the 70's, this swift, piercing murder mystery entertains with riddles about obsession, moral choices, fame, sex, and money. Because it was written and set decades ago, it might seem dated. However, having lived through those times, let me state that it accurately portrays the limited choices girls and women had then - boys and men too, products of an archaic class system. Inspector Wexford serves as all seeing great detective, and he never disappoints.

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  • SEA, Charente
  • 03-08-2016

Faithful rendering of a Rendell classic

Perfectly narrated, this Inspector Wexford mystery baffles to the end.
A tangle of infatuation and disillusionment leads to a tragedy which justice cannot punish.
A fascinating study of bygone hopes for the future we now inhabit.

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  • Songbird
  • 14-02-2020

The Inspector Wexford series is the best R.R.

Nigel Anthony is a brilliant narrator though maybe not as positive a Wexford as usual

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-08-2018

Reading again (or should I say listening)

Read all this series when first published, but now really enjoying listening. It is amazing the bits you forget. Really helping me with the painting and decorating !!

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  • Lisa
  • 03-07-2022

loved it

Great story, kept guessing to the end wonderfully narrated by Nigel Anthony would recommend

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  • 10-06-2022

Complicated

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  • FloraMac
  • 06-06-2022

Disappointing

took ages to get into this one. story line just didn't do it for me. not one of his best. narration not up to standard. Wexford sounded like a pirate...half expected him to say aha me hearties at any moment.

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  • Buglo
  • 10-03-2022

Rendell wrote so well

so sorry there won't be any more. brilliant writing for the genre. she really wrote so well

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  • G. C.
  • 04-03-2022

Intriguing

A good but some times complicated story but non the less gripping and as always with Wexford an explanation of the facts at the end.
Well read and kept me interested from start to finish.

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  • old english chewie
  • 11-01-2022

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  • Caroline Astell-Burt
  • 14-11-2021

A complex and fascinating tale

I could not stop listening to the performance! A desperate story about such sad lives. There are interesting parallels with COP 26 going on now, with youth culture in the story having its own standards. The story about a pop star opened up a sad world interpreted for the reader by a policeman, Wexford. The female characters are not at all sympathetic - an old grandmother provides comedy. On the whole the adults are disappointed and corrupt - but a great read !

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