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  • Hardcover: 515 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Inc; Large type edition edition (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568955464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568955469
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rozroz@rozroz.freeserve.co.uk on 31 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I broke my own rules on how to choose a book when I chose this: I was attracted by the title. It had childhood connections, and I decided to try an author I hadn't read before. What a mistake! Having just finished Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone", I was perhaps not in a sympathetic mood for poor writing, but this seemed so crass that I just had to warn other unwary readers to steer clear of this book. The opening chapter decribes the victim of a murder: she's not pretty, not slim, not bright and not wealthy. Therefore she's expendable. Look out any plump, plain, poor girls! Martha Grimes will make you a murder victim! Martha apparently visits Britain to research material for her books set in Britiain. I wonder who she speaks to? I'm sure she has never spoken to anyone who has been connected with farming in the recent past. She makes one of her detectives refer to the advent of tractors on farms as a new phenomenon! I'm 44 and was brought up in a farming family: I've never seen horses in serious use on fields in East Anglia ( just south of Lincolnshire, where the book is set.) Just a few pages on, a supposedly wealthy woman who employs household staff, and whose husband collects antiques, refers to coins being needed for the launderette because their washing machine is on the blink! Maybe this is meant to be a joke? Sorry but I just couldn't finish the book: I have too much respect for my own intelligence! It's in the next charity book stall box: it will raise 20p for my favourite cause: Friends of the Library. But don't tell anyone that I put it in!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book because I had just been to Spalding, near where it takes place, and the problem might be that I have never read a "Jury" before, but I felt like I was coming in partway through a play. Too many references to past cases with no explanation, no physical description of Jury, and very little characterization of him - being used to Christie, March et al. it seemed a bit thin, character-wise. Also plot and dialogue seemed to jump around a bit too much - it was a fun mystery but left me feeling unsatisfied.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I Got A Bit Lost in This One 19 April 2004
By T. George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I will admit that NOT ONLY have I NOT read all of Grimes' work, but that what I have read has been all out of order. In her works before 2000, that didn't seem to matter too much. There was some related themes between the books - like Viv's engagment to Count Dracula - but mostly reading her books in any order was fine.
However, recently, there seems to be much more carryover between books. To start, there's a growing list of women that Jury and/or Plant both 'love' - Vivian, Polly Praed, Ellen Taylor, Bea Slocum, and Jenny Kennington to start with. Jenny Kennington was the focus of this one, but while apparently she is Jury's true love, I felt so detached because I had never read about her before. There were many other such references that went over my head while new 'regulars' had been added that I didn't really know.
In addition to being ripped out of my comfortable old crowd at the 'Jack and Hammer,' I sometimes felt like I must have missed reading a couple of chapters in this book. Grimes keeps referring to an event where Melrose searched all over for Jenny Kennington, and somehow this caused a problem with Jury. At first I thought this referred back to another case in another book, but as the tale went on it seemed like it happened at some point in this book. I was thoroughly confused.
For those who don't know, the main focus of the book is a double murder (one following the other by 2 weeks) out on the desolate fens of England. One victim is of the minor movie star Vera Dunn, the vicious ex-wife of Max Owen, who owns the estate where Dunn was visiting when killed. The other murder is of Owen's vegetable cook. This young cook was a nosy unattractive girl whom everyone overlooked and forgot. What motive could anyone possibly have to kill two such different woman?
My confusion aside, I still don't think this is one of Grimes' better efforts. If you haven't read any of her books, certainly don't start here. You'll appreciate it more if you have developed an affinity the characters.
If you have read Grimes, I would say that while I generally appreciate her trying new things, somehow this plot didn't fall together for her. She makes this one different by letting Jury be vulnerable and, essentially, out of control. He is no longer the smooth operator one step ahead of everyone else. However, something just didn't quite work here. I saw her clues easily planted and solved the case well before the end (which I NEVER do). It wasn't bad, and it was fun to reunite with Plant, Trueblood, etc., but I definitely prefer her other books more.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An absolute must for the lover of this genre!! 24 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. I understand perfectly why Miss Cornwell says Grimes' work is poetry for the way she writes and the words Miss Grimes uses are those of a poet. Beautiful scenery, lifelike characters and a thoroughly satisfying end. Undoubtetly it has been said before but for once I don't mind repeating another man's words: an absolute must!! Since this was the first Richard Jury (and Martha Grimes) book I've read I'll be drawn inside every bookshop by an irresistable force: the other books by Martha Grimes!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book, while not being the best Grimes' book, wasn't bad 16 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It had a good plot (I was able to name the murderer about halfway through, but that's not necessarily a bad thing), and had a lot of typical Melrose Plant in it.(Thank you for finally letting us know exactly why he rejected his title). Jury's character can be a little boring.However, I was somewhat disappointed, because at the end of Rainbow's End, the previous book, it appeared that Melrose would end up with a girlfriend, at last. It was not to be. It would not hurt the story if, at the end of one of these novels, we would see one of the characters NOT walking away, disappointed yet again. And let that poor girl either marry her count or come back to Long Pid and marry Melrose (or Jury). That subplot has ben dragged out too long. I would agree that the characters involved in the murder took a backseat in interest to the regulars. Why not involve them more in the murders, as in previous novels?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TIM CURRY IS MARTHA GRIMES' BEST AUDIO INTERPRETER! 22 Jun. 2001
By Gordon L. fuglie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
Serious readers are wary of abridgements, often for good reason. Not having read this book in its unabridged form, I have my suspicions of what got cut from the audio version of "The Case" -- the background of the various suspects seems a bit less developed here, although I still wondered "whodunit" until the protagonists arrived at their conclusion. There also may have been some deleting of the descriptions of the bleak Lincolnshire fens, but with little loss to the overall effect of the tale.
And what a tale that is! Not so much due to Grimes taking the English detective mystery to any new level - she doesn't do that nor intends to. The real laurels here go to reader/actor Tim Curry. He gets all of the character nuances just right, moving with ease and flair across British class, age and gender lines. He brings out with brio the fullest comedic potential of the text, clearly relishing his fleshing out of the eccentricities and peculiarities of Grimes' range of characters and situations. This is the perfect tape set for anyone facing a long commute. You'll be well entertained and amused. For Curry's perfomrance: six stars!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not worth reading! 31 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of the Inspector Jury novels and enjoyed each of them. Not so with this last. The writing was weak from beginning to middle (where I finally had had enough and put it aside). I am still hoping that the next book might revive the previously memorable characters to their former readable selves. I won't make the same mistake though and buy the book but will wait to get it from the library!
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