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Martha Grimes
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Jan. 16 2007 Richard Jury Mysteries
Richard Jury returns to the backstreets and back rooms of London in the New York Times-bestselling author's latest mystery.

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The rarely ruffled urbanity of Richard Jury is given an oral enhancement by reader Lee, whose plummy narration turns a bit more appropriately droll when it comes to delineating the New Scotland Yard superintendent's amateur partner in crime fighting, snooty, aristocratic novelist Melrose Plant. Both gentlemen detectives are involved in a complex but surprisingly obvious mystery surrounding the murder of a young man in a hotel room. Lee handles a gallery of contemporary British characters in addition to the leads, including Jury's lady friend, cool and collected Yard pathologist Dr. Phyllis Nancy; the working class and mildly abrasive detective assigned to the case, Ron Chilton; and an eager 13-year-old Jury protégé. They and the novel's grand dames, flirts, crusty old codgers, smarmy young hoteliers and feisty housekeepers fit easily into Lee's repertoire. So does sultry DI Lu Agular, who, Grimes writes, is beautiful enough to suck "all the oxygen out of the room." Happily, Lee has more than enough to breathe needed warmth, humor and suspense into a tale that holds off its sole riveting surprise—and a good one it is—until the very end.
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Richard Jury, the urbane Superintendent of New Scotland Yard CID, has starred in 21 mysteries and is somewhat of a holdover from an earlier era of procedurals, when crime-scene investigation took a backseat to the leisurely examination of the victim's past life. This time out one of Jury's informants, a teen who works as a waiter in a posh London hotel, summons Jury (who is in bed with his forensic-pathologist lover at the time), saying that he's found a body. The victim is a wealthy man whose past connects him to secrets from the World War II code breakers and to the novelist Henry James. Jury's friend, the effete Melrose Plant, helps out by investigating Lamb House, where James composed three of his novels, while Jury indulges in an improbable, bodice-ripper of an affair with a sexy new detective inspector. Sprawling in scope, sketchy on plotting, but still a good old-fashioned read for Jury fans. Connie Fletcher
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4.0 out of 5 stars Our Naughty Richard Aug. 2 2008
By Betty K
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I used to absolutely love a Richard Jury novel. It was always so nice to catch up with old friends in the rooming house in London; not to mention Melrose Plant and his cronies in Long Piddleton. I actually enjoy when we get to find out what the erstwhile lord and his annoying aunt are up to.

I'm not so sure about this one.

Benny Kegan, Jury's young protégé from London's seamy side, working as a bellhop in a posh London hotel, discovers the body of Billy Maples in one of the guest rooms. He urgently calls on Jury to help him out of the sticky situation. He's only thirteen and underage to be working.

The murder is actually in the jurisdiction of Richard's new love interest, Lu Aguilar which causes complications. Jury can't seem to be anywhere in proximity to her without getting extreme lustful thoughts. Like others I thought the author went way overboard on this relationship. I mean--wrecking the apartment during their sexual encounters at Richard's age--come on!

I did enjoy Grime's marvellous descriptions of the settings--both in London and in Henry James' Lamb's House. The storyline was interesting on several levels and I was totally happy when Plant appeared on the scene to, as often is the case, sort things out for Richard.

As usual, the ending is somewhat convoluted; but that is to be expected in a Jury novel. I'm still not sure I agree as to who did it. But I'll probably read the next one. It's rather an addiction.
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I'd like to warn you that there are spoilers below but I don't know how I can spoil a mystery with no ending.

1. Did anyone else notice that the entire "solution" seemed to depend on not one, but a slew of unbelievable and incomprehensible coincidences?

2. I couldn't figure out the past and present timelines. They seemed really skewed.

3. Did anyone else feel like they needed to take a shower after Jury and what's-her-name had sex? It was like finding out a that life-long friend is not the person you thought they were. After that I was actually hoping that (my beloved)Jury died at the end and that the next book stars Melrose Plant. At least he still has taste.

4. After "The Old Wine Shades" I was thinking of not reading this series anymore. I really thought that this time there would be a solution. I think I would be less angry if on the last page Jury had woken up to find out the last 200 or so pages had been just a dream.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Martha Grimes is not Henry James Feb. 13 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Other reviews on numerous reviews on numerous sites have mentioned the many problems with the book. I don't agree with the statement that Martha Grimes earlier Jury books were better - at least not all the time. I really liked "The Blue Last", which isn't that old. I don't even care that Grimes gives over many long (and dull) passages to Jury's silly sex life. What I do care about is that Jury no longer seems to be a likable character. I used to read these books because I liked Jury; I used to like his funny friendship with Melrose Plant; now, I'm not sure. I'm not sure where Grimes is going these days. This book had no plot and very poor character development.

What I really didn't like about the ending, where we are not told who is the killer, is that I felt the author was playing with me. Are you clever enough to figure out the mystery, if you're not well, get lost. She should think twice before biting the hand that feeds her.

I caught her out in several egregious errors. She really needs to get more information on manic depression vs. bi polar disorder. They aren't really the same thing. She needs to brush up on this. But this isn't where her mistakes end. She also needs to be aware that some of her readers have actually read Henry James. Judging from her glib character analysis of, for example "The Golden Bowl", I'm not sure she has read the novel. Of course, "The Golden Bowl" is rather long & perhaps she opted to read the shorter review on Wiki. There are also problems with her comments on shorter novels like "The Turn of the Screw", I'm not sure she's aware that the dead governess has no dialogue in the book. But then, again, I think the concept of the unreliable narrator has escaped her as well. Perhaps, she should read "Lolita" to round out her education. Better luck next time, Martha.

Kay Bowring
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great read Feb. 18 2014
By wendy
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i love this series -Martha Grimes continues to provide great characters and the usual twist at the end. Worth the wait for this one to come out.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Martha Grimes packed enough material into this book to make at least six normal detective novels. Pay close attention . . . the detail all counts.

If you want Ms. Grimes to write more books that remind you of The Dirty Duck, I suggest you go back and re-read the first 18 books in the series. She's clearly decided to take her hero and her series in new directions.

There's good news and bad about that. The good news is that the stories now open themselves up in new ways. The bad news is that many readers won't care for the new ways.

It's hard to write about this book without including a spoiler accidentally. Any description is also bound to be very misleading in terms of what the book is about. I'll do my best.

As the book opens, young Benny Keegan finds himself unexpectedly delivering room service coffee for two in the restaurant with rooms, Zetter's, where he works. When no one answers, Benny pushes the door open and discovers the dead body of a man who has obviously been killed. Concerned about his vulnerability as a homeless child to a murder investigation, Benny calls Richard Jury at home. Jury brings a doctor with him and quickly inserts himself into the investigation, hoping to shelter Benny from any fall out. Things are going along normally until Jury meets Lu Aguilar, who will be running the investigation for the local police. As an investigatory team, they are most unusual in the history of detective fiction.

Jury knows the victim's grandfather and makes some of the most delicate contacts. But as Jury delves into the past, he finds much to be surprised about in the present. Why does a wealthy young man, Billy Maples, of no particular interests sprinkle gifts on artists who show little potential?
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