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3.0 out of 5 stars Riddles Wrapped into a Mystery Springing from a Tragedy, 3 May 2004
This review is from: The Grave Maurice (Richard Jury Mysteries) (Hardcover)
This novel reminded me of one of those Russian nesting dolls, where you keep finding another doll inside of the one you are holding, when you take the doll apart. There's enough plot and character development here for 6 novels.
I graded the book down mostly because no one should read this novel without having read quite a few of the earlier ones in the series. Most of the best references and ironies won't mean much otherwise. And many of them are rather long sections. Even in a series, authors need to make novels as stand-alone as they can.
I also graded the book down because one plot element just didn't make sense to me (the location of the missing heroine for two years).
On the other hand, I thought that the development of the theme of honoring animal rights was well done. I don't remember a novel that does it any better.
Along the way, I had a lot of fun. Regular Richard Jury and Martha Grimes fans should definitely read this one! The Grave Maurice is one of Melrose Plant's best and most humorous outings. You see new sides of Richard Jury, and they will make him more appealing to you.
I also appreciated the reference to Josephine Tey's wonderful book about Richard III. Despite the errors concerning horse racing, the book's context in that exciting sport made the book more fun for me.
After you finish this story, think about the moral priorities for you in protecting life and liberty! What comes first?
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Initial post: 2 May 2011 19:13:38 BDT
V. R. says:
I'm not impressed so far with The Grave Maurice (though have read and enjoyed many of Martha Grimes' books). Though set in the world of horses and horse racing/ breeding I suspect she has little personal knowledge of either. It's news to me, by the way, that Red Rum won the Derby three times! A busy horse indeed!
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