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The Anodyne Necklace [Mass Market Paperback]

Martha Grimes
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Jan 2004
Further mysteries for Superintendent Richard Jury and Sergeant Wiggins to unravel.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx Books; Reissue edition (Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451410890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451410894
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,872 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The anodyne necklace 18 Mar 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Grimes is an American who sets most of her tales in England. Each is given the quaint title from a pub name.
I liked this mystery which is mainly set in London and deals with a murder and an unusual modern treasure map.
Grimes has an unfortunate fascination with titled English and makes them all very wealthy and boring - they do nothing all day but gossip. Her main police detective is called Richard Jury, who can't investigate a case without bringing in his 'what-ho, Jeeves' pal. In this tale there are enough fleshed-out credible characters to balance the one-sidedness of her usual crew. Treat it as a light read and don't worry too much about police procedure.

We get a major mistake about England in every Grimes book; usually she tells us that there are grey foxes in England - this is an American animal. In another book, 'The Horse You Rode In On', she told us that Prince Andrew has two sons. He has two daughters. I don't know why her editor can't pick these up if she can't check for herself.

I recommend another American, Elizabeth George, for better-written crime set in England with the Inspector Lynley series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant storey 19 Feb 2013
By misty
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
havent read a martha grimes book i didnt like.
melrose is a great character and as usual a great help in solving the case
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melrose & Jury - done with Panache by Curry 27 July 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
When I first read the Jury and Plant series, all the books named after Pubs, I was shocked to learn she was American. She just does Brit droll humor to a T. I was even more shocked when later I learned that Grimes was actually dropped by Knopf Publishing, saying she was not making her advance back on the Jury series. Well, she has gone on to make them eat those words as every one is now a bestseller. I absolutely love to read, but in this instance, I actually prefer to enjoy the audio tapes simply because they are done by the great Tim Curry. As Grimes does Brit humor to perfection, Tim brings Richard Plant, Melrose Plant and his indomitable Aunt Agatha so perfectly. Curry slips into one character after another with such panache - right down to children. The combination of Grimes and Curry is just not to be missed.
In the Anodyne Necklace, a violin, an ancent emerald necklace and a severed finger are clue to solving the ghastly murder in the wood of Littlebourne. The town is filled with dotty birdwatchers, a pretentious Peer, and more suspects than Jury can handle. Naturally, the ever-so-helpful, Melrose Plant, a Peer who has shun his titles, tags along to aid his friend - actually, to escape his Aunt Agatha who refuses to let Melrose give up his titles. The key unriddling the Littlebourne mystery is hidden in coded treasure map.
It's great full all they way, and an absolutely must for Curry fans! Martha loves the old saying he who laughs last...she has been having one big giggle on the shortsightedness of Knopf ever since!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd in the series.... Great Fun 25 Jun 2007
By Happy Chappy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Anodyne Necklace,by Martha Grimes, is actually the third book in this great series. This book introduces a recurring character by the name of Polly Praed. She will become one of the primary love interests of Melrose Plant. Ms. Grimes is in excellent evocative form in this novel which features multiple murders and a clue - a necklace. There are a bunch of eclectic characters in this one. This is a solid 4 star read.

If you are new to the series, than congratulations... you have found an excellent series by a very witty and gifted author. For those of you new to the series, here are the books in order:

The Man with a Load of Mischief
The Old Fox Deceived
The Anodyne Necklace
The Dirty Duck
Jerusalem Inn
Help the Poor Struggler
The Deer Leap
I am the only Running Footman
The Five Bells and Bladebone
The Old Silent
The Old Contemptibles
The Horse You Came In on
Rainbow's End
The Case has Altered
The Stargazey
The Lamorna Wink
The Blue Last
The Grave Maurice
The Winds of Change
The Old Wine Shades
Dust
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars longtime favorite (or should I say "favourite") 17 May 2001
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the book that began the Jury/Plant series, where all of the books are named after pubs. This is one of the very few books in my experience where I remember who the murderer was because it was a flawless mystery, perfectly logical, nothing held back, but still I couldn't guess the culprit! Definitely NOT the "had I but known" school. There are some wonderfully gory scenes, if you appreciate that in your murder mysteries, in addition to wonderful character moments and real humor. I found this book to be the best of all of M.Grimes's marvelous books. I hope they republish! I read this book for the first time when I was nine (child of a mystery reader)and it has not lost its charm with successive readings over the years. My old copy finally fell to bits!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent character piece 10 Mar 2002
By Martha E. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This early Richard Jury novel is more comic than most of the others in this series--the scenes in Littlebourne, despite the fact that this is a mystery, are quite funny, with stock characters who end up being likeable and affecting. However, the strength of this book is in the scenes in The Anodyne Necklace and its surrounding London slum neighborhood, which is full of eccentrics, odd as can be, but fully enjoying their sordid lives.
The murderer is a surprise here as well.
This is also the novel that introduces Jenny Kennington, who is as enigmatic at the beginning of this series as she is later on. I am not sure of her appeal for Richard Jury!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 23 Jun 2004
By CRP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was absolutely awesome. I couldn't put it down the entire time I was reading it! I definately suggest any of the Richard Jury books to anyone who likes mystery books!
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