Martha Grimes' eagerly awaited new Richard Jury mystery is another in a long line of police procedurals worth the wait.
In "Winds of Change," Grimes' characters get involved in pedophilia, child kidnapping, and, quite literally, a garden maze of labyrinthine proportions. Grimes' regular characters once again prop up the plot as Jury sets out to solve the case, the 19th in her incredibly popular series.
Granted, the sheer weight of the subject matter is cause for a dark, uneasy feeling with readers. Grimes seems intent on this atmosphere and succeed she does. Grimes has always had a soft spot for precocious children and the relationships she shows with them and Jury and Melrose Plant are always welcomed.
Besides getting the case taken care of, Grimes' social statements are hard to ignore, one of the characteristics of a good book, I should think. Jury is Jury, but Grimes spends more time in "Winds of Change" getting inside the psyche of him, which is not a bad thing, although noticeably she seems to drift away from much of her regular characters. And perhaps new readers may find some of the references and allusions to earlier books a bit confusing.
But Jury is Jury! He's worth the examination. So's the book.