"'Just bring me a pot of poison,' said the elegant man, replacing the Woodbine Tearoom menu carefully between the salt cellar and the sugar bowl." And with a Martha Grimes novel, who can doubt that it is Melrose Plant, her gentrified man about, who is usually on hand to assist his good friend Superintendent Richard Jury in solving the next Grimes murder mystery! In "The Lamorna Wink," Grimes re-introduces us to the gaggle of characters who have appeared in and out of some fifteen Richard Jury mysteries, characters to those readers who have followed this series through the years and the episodes who are like family members: Aunt Agatha, Sergeant Wiggins, Marshall Trueblood, Diane Demorney, Vivian Rivington, Carole-anne Palutski, Superintendent Racer, Cyril the cat, et al. This time, Jury has been sent to investigate a situation in Northern Ireland and Grimes lets Melrose Plant have the spotlight. For his legal assistance, he calls in Brian Macalvie, whom we'd met before, and the two of them proceed with the case at hand. A local woman has gone missing, a body is found, and other questions are raised as the author takes her setting out of London to the Devon and Cornwall areas. Of course, by the time all is settled, Jury has returned to tie everything up quite nicely, thank you. Grimes' Jury novels are all named for actual pubs and this is no exception. It is an adventure in itself tracking them down, incidentally. And in "The Lamorna Wink" she is back to doing what she does best, permitting her unforgettable characters make the world a better place for all of us!
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