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The Lamorna Wink (Richard Jury Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Dec 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Reissue edition (7 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451409361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451409362
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,886,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of Martha Grimes will know that the Lamorna Wink must be a British pub and one to which Superintendent Richard Jury or his aristocratic sidekick Melrose Plant can be counted on to repair in the process of solving a mystery or two. This time, with Jury off in Ireland, Plant takes the starring role. His vacation in picturesque Bletchley on the Cornwall coast is very nearly ruined by the coincidental appearance of his dreaded Aunt Agatha. Ironically, however, he is drawn to the plight of a young man, Johnny Wells, whose favourite aunt has disappeared suddenly without trace. In spite of Agatha, Plant decides to lease a house owned by an American millionaire whose two grandchildren died tragically on the beach a few years before. Within a day or so, a newly dead body is found in neighbouring Lamorna: Sada Colthorp, a young woman who formerly resided in the area but left to dabble in porn movies. Plant and divisional police commander Brian Macalvie (Help the Poor Struggler) believe there's a link between Colthorp and the missing Chris Wells. When the pieces start to come together (and violence ensues), Jury makes a token appearance to tie up the remaining loose ends. But the day really belongs to Plant, who is becoming much more than an accidental detective, and to Macalvie, a character with an appeal that may eclipse even Jury's.

As always, Grimes provides comic relief at the expense of a tight plot by checking in with the myriad of other characters who populate Plant's Long Piddleton and Jury's London. The impatient reader may well wonder when, if ever, Plant and friends will cease their juvenile heckling of Vivian Rivington's Italian Count. The final explanation of the children's deaths, however, will leave the most stoic mystery fan feeling distinctly queasy. That Grimes can so effectively amuse, shock, intrigue and even irritate after 16 books bodes well for the continuing life of the series. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A quirky thriller' Cambridge Evening News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
"'Just bring me a pot of poison,' said the elegant man, replacing the Woodbine Tearoom menu carefully between the salt cellar and the sugar bowl." And with a Martha Grimes novel, who can doubt that it is Melrose Plant, her gentrified man about, who is usually on hand to assist his good friend Superintendent Richard Jury in solving the next Grimes murder mystery!
In "The Lamorna Wink," Grimes re-introduces us to the gaggle of characters who have appeared in and out of some fifteen Richard Jury mysteries, characters to those readers who have followed this series through the years and the episodes who are like family members: Aunt Agatha, Sergeant Wiggins, Marshall Trueblood, Diane Demorney, Vivian Rivington, Carole-anne Palutski, Superintendent Racer, Cyril the cat, et al.
This time, Jury has been sent to investigate a situation in Northern Ireland and Grimes lets Melrose Plant have the spotlight. For his legal assistance, he calls in Brian Macalvie, whom we'd met before, and the two of them proceed with the case at hand. A local woman has gone missing, a body is found, and other questions are raised as the author takes her setting out of London to the Devon and Cornwall areas. Of course, by the time all is settled, Jury has returned to tie everything up quite nicely, thank you.
Grimes' Jury novels are all named for actual pubs and this is no exception. It is an adventure in itself tracking them down, incidentally. And in "The Lamorna Wink" she is back to doing what she does best, permitting her unforgettable characters make the world a better place for all of us!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
"'Just bring me a pot of poison,' said the elegant man, replacing the Woodbine Tearoom menu carefully between the salt cellar and the sugar bowl."
And with a Martha Grimes novel, who can doubt that it is Melrose Plant, her gentrified man about, who is usually on hand to assist his good friend Superintendent Richard Jury in solving the next Grimes murder mystery!
In "The Lamorna Wink," Grimes re-introduces us to the gaggle of characters who have appeared in and out of some fifteen Richard Jury mysteries, characters to those readers who have followed this series through the years and the episodes who are like family members: Aunt Agatha, Sergeant Wiggins, Marshall Trueblood, Diane Demorney, Vivian Rivington, Carole-anne Palutski, Superintendent Racer, Cyril the cat, et al.
This time, Jury has been sent to investigate a situation in Northern Ireland and Grimes lets Melrose Plant have the spotlight. For his legal assistance, he calls in Brian Macalvie, whom we'd met before, and the two of them proceed with the case at hand. A local woman has gone missing, a body is found, and other questions are raised as the author takes her setting out of London to the Devon and Cornwall areas. Of course, by the time all is settled, Jury has returned to tie everything up quite nicely, thank you.
Grimes' Jury novels are all named for actual pubs and this is no exception.
It is an adventure in itself tracking them down, incidentally. And in "The Lamorna Wink" she is back to doing what she does best, permitting her unforgettable characters make the world a better place for all of us!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury is in Northern Ireland on a case. His friend Melrose Plant remains behind totally bored. The wealthy Plant skims a copy of Country Magazine where he notices an estate that intrigues him. He takes the rail to Cornwell to see the property, which he rents for three months. However, to his utter horror, his aunt arrives at Bletchley Village to stay at a nearby bed and breakfast.

Plant realizes his temporary home was the sight of a tragedy. The two Bletchley children were found dead at the bottom of the cliff. The police never uncovered the identity of their killer. Four years after the double murder, another killing occurs in the nearby town of Lamorna. Sada Colthorp, a loose hedonist is the victim. At the same time another person vanishes. Another murder occurs at the local hospice. Commander Brian Macalive feels that a link between the killing of four years ago and the current spree exists. Plant assists Macalive just as he always helped Jury.

Although Jury is a secondary character in THE LAMORNA WINK, readers will not miss him as Plant takes center stage, leading to a fascinating and refreshing tale. The taut, intricate who-done-it entertains as much as Martha Grimes, previous works in the series. The jury is in with the verdict that Ms. Grimes has written an enjoyable novel that showcases her ability to focus on a different character than usual, keeping reader interest at a very high level.

Harriet Klausner
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