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Richard Jury, the brooding Scotland Yard detective-hero of many of Martha Grimes's mysteries, is back in The Case Has Altered, but--as usual--his sidekick Melrose Plant steals the show. Set in the fens of Lincolnshire, Jury must investigate two murders in which his true love, Jenny Kennington, is a suspect. But while Jury deals with the evidence, Melrose uncovers the local color, interviewing everyone from uncommunicative pub owners to chatty cooks. Even murder seems a little less grim with Melrose Plant around. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Poor Dorcas, dead in a ditch in the fens. And she's not the only one. Vera Dunn, the manipulative ex-wife of Max Owen, master of the local estate, Fengate (where Dorcas was a servant), is also dead. Enter Grimes stalward Richard Jury, who's not officially on the case but who gets involved anyway because Lady Kenningston, a woman he cherishes, has been accused of doing in Dunn, with whom she has been seen quarreling. Jury gets pal Melrose Plant to pose as an antiques dealer so that he can snoop around Fengate, then goes off to do some investigating on his own. Naturally, there are puzzles, e.g., why was Dorcas out on the fens that night? Why didn't Lady Kenningston come clean on her relation with nasty Verna? The result is a delicious ebb and flow of tension?first, we get a trial for Lady Kennington, then more twists and turns as the real killer is finally, surprisingly revealed. In the process, there's beautifully rendered atmosphere and perhaps a bit too much of Melrose's litigious aunt. Vintage Grimes; for all collections.
-?Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent read. As usual, good character development and just enough twists to keep you wondering.Published 11 months ago by Pat Culham
I bought this because reviews on the back cover stated it was as good as Sayers, Christie, etc.
Indescribable boredom best describes my feeling prior to putting the book in... Read more
If you like Martha Grimes, you will enjoy this book. It has a well developed plot that keeps you guessing to the end. Read morePublished on May 6 2001 by Sarah Wilson
Martha Grimes crafts another terrific mystery novel!! Grimes' characters are clearly developed and her descriptions of the fens are almost haunting. Read morePublished on April 2 2001 by jeanne-scott
Martha Grimes paints an insightful and informatinve picture of English life. We're not reading a AAA Tour book, after all. I thoroughly enjoyed this particular novel. Read morePublished on July 3 2000
While I think this book might not be quite up to the others, it was fun getting back "with the family", so to speak.
I just wish Martha were more prolific. Read more
Maybe blood is thicker than water, but even my sister agrees with me on reviewing this book. I just finished it tonight after beginning it around Christmas! Read morePublished on Aug. 17 1999
What a book!! The best I've read since I've forgotten when. It made me realize why I love the English language so, beautifully written. Read morePublished on March 24 1999