End in Tears

End in Tears

End in Tears The award winning author of Babes in the Woods and The Rottweiler brings us another gripping Inspector Wexford novel A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relativel

  • Title: End in Tears
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780770429935
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • The award winning author of Babes in the Woods and The Rottweiler brings us another gripping Inspector Wexford novel.A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person The driver behind is spared But only for a whileOne particular member of the local press is gunning for the Chief Inspector, diThe award winning author of Babes in the Woods and The Rottweiler brings us another gripping Inspector Wexford novel.A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person The driver behind is spared But only for a whileOne particular member of the local press is gunning for the Chief Inspector, distinctly unimpressed with what he regards as old fashioned police methods But Wexford, with his old friend and partner, Mike Burden, along with two new recruits to the Kingsmarkham team, pursue their inquiries with a diligence and humanity that make Ruth Rendell s detective stories enthralling, exciting and very touching.From the Hardcover edition.

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    Sexist crap. Racist crap. Stereotypical clichés crap. A whole bunch of plot holes. Useless family background stories to bolster up the sexist agenda. There really are not a lot of good things I could say about this book.A girl is killed and Inspector Wexford takes over the case. He and his team investigate the death of Amber and then another girl is killed as well. There is a connection between the two so the investigation proceeds gradually to an unbelievable and unrealistic end.I found this b [...]

    Nigel Anthony 10 Hours 13 MinsDescription: At first there was no reason to link the killings. The first one, months earlier, seemed totally random: a lump of concrete pushed off an overpass onto a passing car. By contrast, the gruesome bludgeoning death of Amber Marshalson, returning home late from a night out clubbing with friends, was obviously calculated. The killer had been seen waiting for the girl in a nearby wood. But when Chief Inspector Wexford discovers that Amber had been the driver r [...]

    Well, it doesn’t, in fact, “end in tears,” but quite jollily for those we come to care about. Which is to say, the secondary characters, the ones investigating rather than committing crimes. There’s an unusually large dollop of romance this time, between a rather severely PC and judgmental police sergeant and an apparently dishy and charming fellow officer of Indian origins. The schizoidal English weather, ranging from the hottest day on record to a blizzard in November, also plays a maj [...]

    4* Going Wrong4* The Keys to the Street3* The Fever Tree and Other Stories4* A Judgement in Stone3* Fall of the Coin4* People Don't Do Such Things3* The Girl Next Door2* To Fear a Painted Devil3* Dark Corners3* Live FleshInspector Wexford series:3* Some Lie and Some Die (Inspector Wexford, #8)3* Shake Hands Forever (Inspector Wexford, #9)3* A Sleeping Life (Inspector Wexford, #10) 3* The Veiled One (Inspector Wexford, #14) 4* Kissing the Gunner's Daughter (Inspector Wexford, #15) 3* Harm Done (I [...]

    Tedious, middle-class claptrap! A book peopled by insulting stereotypes in service of a meandering plot. My first Rendell, and most certainly the last.

    END IN TEARS. (2005). Ruth Rendell. ****. It’s a good thing that I usually write down the names of characters in books as I go through a book, along with a brief description of who they are as they appear in the plot. If I didn’t, I would be lost half-way through this novel by Ms. Rendell. It features her protagonist Wexford, the head of the police in Kingsmarkham, a small city in England. The story moves along nicely, but, frankly, there are just too many characters. Even with my crib sheet [...]

    I really liked this book but found it a little confusing at times. There was a large number of characters. I sometimes had to go back and review who they were. I liked the feeling I got for the small British towns and surrounding .woods. I thought her characterizations were excellent. I developed vivid images of the players in this drama.

    I love Rendell's mysteries, and the Wexford series in particular. The best thing is that you do not need to read them in order, as there is very little backstory, and what there is she covers again for anyone unfamiliar. This story is about a young mother, still living in her dad's house, who is more interested in partying than in being a mom, finishing school, or getting a job. One morning she is found dead, successfully murdered after at least one failed attempt. Very engrossing mystery - High [...]

    END IN TEARS (Pol Proc-CI Wexford, England-Cont) – OkayRendell, Ruth - 21st in seriesCrown Publishers, 2005, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780307339768First sentence: When he lifted it off the seat the backpack felt heavier than when he had first put it into the car.Chief Inspector Wexford and team are investigating the bludgeoning death of 17-year-old Amber Marshalson. The case takes on an extra dimension when they realize Amber was the actual intended victim when a piece of concrete had been dropp [...]

    Ruth Rendell's quality work is both a blessing and a curse. With over 20 Wexford novels__and an even greater number outside the series and under her pseudonym Barbara Vine__reviewers have had ample opportunity to relish her characterizations and get wise to her narrative proclivities. Here they identify a case of the strengths of Rendell's writing (characterization and the use of metaphor) playing second fiddle to the contrivances of a thriller. Plot twists abound for those into neck-snapping pl [...]

    An excellent Wexford mystery/procedural spoiled in part by the presence of a too politically correct to really exist police sergeant who seems to be in the story only to get her comeuppance and another dreary soap opera subplot involving one of Wexford's daughters. Some of the stories of the misadventures of the Wexford progeny are pretty good but this one is forced. Rendell seems to want to sum up a good deal of the social and economic changes that have occurred in the murder-ridden town of Kin [...]

    This gets 3 stars because I can't really rate anything by this author lower. However, I was somewhat disappointed in it. Other reviewers (on ) have noted that it's like two books, splitting in the middle and losing the plot (pun intended) to an extent. I've read lots of Ruth Rendell and Barbara Vine books and think they are the usually among the best of both the police procedural and psychological crime genres. This one starts out promisingly and the first half is a pleasure to read, but the ple [...]

    A young woman is murdered four short months after an accident in which a car, similar in color and make to her own, is hit with a piece of concrete that kills the passenger. The woman stops driving but continues to go about her life, which includes going out to nightclubs — just one of those nights, she is killed.But that tenuous connections a long tie coming for the police who soon find themselves investigating not one young woman's death, but two. What's the connection, why and how? Could it [...]

    With the publication of End in Tears, the incomparable Ruth Rendell has now written twenty-some books of psychological suspense featuring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford. In this story, teenage mother Amber Marshalson is found dead after a night clubbing with her friends. Soon after, the body of one of her friends turns up. Why did both of the girls travel to Frankfurt some months back? Where did Amber get two thousand pounds? Were the two girls involved with drugs? Was it blackmail? And what a [...]

    I started this book on audio CD and finished by reading it. I'm not sure if the first half is much better than the last half or if it is just more a satisfying book when consumed by listening to John Lee voice the characters. Hearing the accents of various characters made them more enjoyable.The mystery unfolds over several months which is a nice change of pace for the usual fiction where the mystery is solved in about 3 days.A number of interlocking stories about changing moral standards and in [...]

    Another wonderful entry in the Wexford series--I haven't read one of these mysteries in several years and this book was a very good reminder of Rendell's storytelling abilities. She writes about interesting characters, modern dilemmas, complex relationships and realistic moral ambiguities. In truth I bought into the obligatory red herring earlier than Wexford himself does but it turned out that it was only part of the solution. There was a surprise in store for him as well as for me.

    Fabulous. One of the best of the Wexford series. The murder mystery itself is great, and the side stories about Sylvia and about Bal and Hannah are also great.This is my second time through this one (this time as an audiobook, last time as a paperback). It's dawned on me that the subplots about Sylvia are better than those about Sheila. I've been reading about this family for more than 20 years, and yet I learn new things about them with each re-read.

    Yes, more Wexford. My brain must be a bit taxed at the moment! Time for pleasant comfort reading. Rendell does get more grumpy and reactionary with each book, though she remains sly and entertaining.(I'm reading this as an e-book with the font size cranked up, so every once in a while I glance at how many pages I've got left and am startled to see it says something like "475 of 860 pages." So I guess I'm abouthalfway done then.)

    Tedious, meandering, improbable plot. With a side helping of an obsessively politically correct straw woman for no reason. She learns her lesson by getting kidnapped and rescued and then we get about ten pages of Wexford explaining the plot, in multiple locations, with coffee breaks. He makes some deep point about the nature of true evil, but everyone is asleep at this point and the book is finally over.

    Ruth Rendell at her worst is better than most. This was middling for Rendell, which is to say, not a bad book. I found the ultra PC detective sargeant a bit annoying, and I didn't care for the way the multiple storylines all climaxed together, but overall enjoyed it.

    One of the lesser Wexford novels that I've read (it's my 5th or 6th or 7th, I believe), although it has its pleasures. I did appreciate the way that Rendell approached the subject of parenthood, and especially the desire to become a parent, from lots of different angles. Where this one falls off for me is with the insane complexity of the mystery. You need a flow chart to work out the solution and, in the end, the connection between the evil twin brothers and their friend who runs the adoption s [...]

    Here we have twists and turns, lots of story lines, dead-ends and red herrings. I guess that's what makes it so good, a complicated mystery. Why are two young girls murdered in such a revolting manner? Will Wexford find a way to link them?

    Again, what is going on with one of Wexford's daughter's is what is going on in his murder investigation. And infertile women are not as stupid as portrayed in this book. Too goofy to believe. Two stars is generous.

    A concrete block is thrown from an overpass to the highway below. However, the block lands on the wrong silver car and the intended victim still lives. Not until later does Inspector Wexford make a connection between the murder and subsequent events.

    I always love a good Rendall murder mystery. Absolutely excellent as always. I really enjoy the Wexford mysteries. Definitely a page turner.

    Really enjoy how she writes. Love how you get to hear what people are thinking About their co workers. Easy read.

    The basic mystery here is the murder of two young women. Young Amber is murdered late at night, on her way home from a nightclub in London. Her friend Megan is murdered some days later. Inspector Wexford is leading the hunt, with several on his team. We are treated to not only the investigation of the case itself but to incidents in the lives of Hannah and Bat as well as Wexford and his family. The case becomes complex. There are many avenues to investigate, some of which come to have nothing to [...]

    I usually like Ruth Rendell but this book didn't seem up to her usual standard. The story of two young women who are murdered and turn out to be acquaintances. It's up to Inspector Wexford to find the connection between the murders and catch the perpetrator. Most of the book is Wexford and his team following up a red herring that has nothing to do with the murders. A lot of characters were introduced in a short space and it was hard to keep them straight and to care about them. Like a board of c [...]

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