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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx Books; Reprint edition (28 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451410815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451410818
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martha Grimes is the author of twenty novels, eighteen of them Richard Jury mysteries. She lives in Washington DC and Santa Fe. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karinski on 19 Nov 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like this book. It has the perfect cosy feeling and is set in a small town in Great Britain. Jury is a really enjoyable character to read about, he's not some bitter old man, but rather intelligent and pleasant. It's a classic "whodunit" type of case, and has a quite slow pace, which I actually enjoy. If you like Agatha Christie you'll probably like this one too. The only complaint I've got is that it would have been better if you'd get to know "the suspects" a bit more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2007
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This is the first of the Inspector Jury mysteries. My own debut with the series was one of the most recent books, Winds of Change. I enjoyed that greatly, but I found the large cast of characters a bit of a strain on the memory, so I next chose the first of all, expecting to be introduced to the main characters in a systematic way. To some extent I have been, but Ms Grimes doesn't really do systematic introductions. Jury, Melrose Plant and the others ease their way on to the scene rather than make any highlighted entrance. However with another volume in the series behind me I was better attuned to what to expect, and I coped better with the extensive character-list this time.

One thing that helped was that so many people in this story are murdered that there are fewer to keep tabs on as the book progresses. Indeed unless I'm mistaken the author herself loses count of exactly how many. Another intriguing feature is that the story has actually two heroes, Jury himself and the elegant aristocratic dilettante Melrose Plant, formerly Viscount this and Baron that before he resigned his titles out of boredom. Otherwise the style is a rather brilliant pastiche of the traditional English whodunit, as practised most famously by Agatha Christie. American spelling is used (vise, gray, fiber, checkbook) but otherwise it would be hard to tell that the author was not another English Rose herself, except for an oddly nonchalant attitude to geography that I had also noticed in Winds of Change - she appears to think that Northamptonshire, which is in the south Midlands, is somewhere in northern England.
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By Suffolk P on 6 Nov 2014
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I heard of this author via an elderly, elegant American lady that I met briefly on a river cruise. She had read all her books and loved them as she said they captured the flavour of English life. Knowing the author was not British stayed in my mind the entire time I read it. I would say maybe she tries too hard, and it seems rather false. I wasn't convinced. The story was fair, but it seemed incongruous that although written to be quintessentially English, the spelling was American (and 'Hatsfield House'? Ouch). I don't think I will be reading any more.
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