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The Old Fox Deceived Paperback – 9 Jan 1992

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (9 Jan. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747230331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747230335
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,848 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.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book, like the others, is again well-written, but follows pretty much the old formula. Inspector Jury from Scotland Yard meets up with Melrose Plant. The latter and his friends and family always provide a certain sense of comedy, while Jury struggles to find the bad guy.
Nevertheless, the characters are so lively and full of personality, it really makes you feel you know them. They also work very well together and create the kind of chemistry which is quite rare in a book. At the end you will be sorry to leave them, but you know there will be other adventures.
It is an enjoyable read and highly recommended. If you are new to the somewhat bizarre world of Martha Grimes' Jury character, it is still possible to enjoy this book. By the end of it you will know the characters as well as we do. A few references to previous adventures might even inspire you to read the others.
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By francis plant on 24 Dec. 2014
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I am gradually working my way through all the Richard Jury series, and they all very good
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124 of 125 people found the following review helpful
Second In The Series Sets Style 25 Jun. 2007
By Happy Chappy - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Old Fox Deceiv'd, by Martha Grimes, is the second in the series of this exceptionally well writted series featuring Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. The reparte between the two primary characters and their growing friendship is really the best part of this series. If you are new to the series, than congratulations... you have found an excellent series by a very witty and gifted author. Some of the books - like any series - are much better than others. In this novel, the style of having Melrose essentially sent on assignment is made, with excellent results. Reading along as Melrose plays jr. detective is very funny. The mystery here is just nifty enough to make this a 4 star read. 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
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Curry and Grimes a winning combination 27 July 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on
Format: Audio Cassette
A beautiful woman lies dead, her blood covering her party costume, and smearing her Harlequin face paint. She is a stranger, so not only do people wonder who killed her, but why kill a stranger? Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury and his pal Melrose Plant are sharing a pint at the local pub The Old Fox Deceiv'd, when this came swirling with danger and deception touches them. Foxes are abound - the pub carries one in the name, Jury and Melrose find the only way to trap a foxy
killer is to ride to the foxes.
It's typically Grimes all the way, the humor dry and droll, and brought to life by the ever-so-talent Tim Curry. I just cannot imagine anyone but Curry reading Grimes. He brings all the characters to life. While my preferred medium is reading in print, I cannot resist all the Curry-Grimes tapes. They are just too perfect!
If you love British Mysteries, you cannot pass on these tapes. If you are a Curry fan, you simply need to hear him doing Aunt Agatha and Gwendolyn! This was the second in the Jury-Plant series.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
More Plant, Please! 7 Dec. 2002
By Jan Knott - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Anticipating more of the humor and eccentricities that characterized the first in this series, The Man with a Load of Mischief, I was disappointed to find much of it missing in this second book, The Old Fox Deceiv'd. The plot is as intelligent and intriguing as all of Grimes' stories in the Richard Jury series, but I prefer it balanced with the charm and delightful characterizations of the denizes of that English village Long Piddleton. While Richard Jury is Grimes' hero in this series, the character of Melrose Plant is the one that makes me keep returning to these books for more.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Well-written second entry in a pretty good series 28 Sept. 2008
By Michael K. Smith - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second in the Chief Inspector Richard Jury murder mysteries, and this time Scotland Yard sends him off to assist in investigating a murder in the cliffside fishing village of Rackmoor, in darkest Yorkshire. A young woman who might be the returned prodigal ward of a wealthy landowner has been killed on a foggy night and there are way too many suspects. As it happens, Melrose Plant, who developed a taste for detecting last year, and who has becomes friends with Jury, was recently invited to visit said landowner, so he takes the opportunity to involve himself as well. Fortunately for Jury, Plant is a very bright guy with hidden resources and a wry sense of humor, and his assistance is welcome. As in the first book, the roots of at least one of the murders in Rackmoor (you knew there would be more than one) stretch far back into the past. The characters are nicely done, especially young Bertie Makepeace, who has had to do for himself with the aid of his faithful canine companion, Arnold.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Hard to Solve 13 Dec. 2012
By J. Davis - Published on
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Each mystery takes place around a pub with an unusual name. The reason for the name is explained within the story. This is a grand piece of British pub history. The stories themselves are twisty and turny and hard to solve ahead of the denouement. Supt. Jury and his partner Sgt. Wiggins are fascinating personalities. Add Melrose Plant, Lord Ardry and his Aunt Agatha and you're set for a great read.
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