At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub's sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the right direction: into the darkest parts of his neighbors' hearts.
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I love this multiple-murder puzzler, which introduces Inspector Jury to Melrose Plant, his loathe some Aunt Agatha, and the rest of Long Pid. All Grimes' Jury novels are good, but they're best read in sequence, and this one sets up some important relationships.
Recommended to those who love understated British humor and a bit of sad WWII childhood memories.
As is my unfortunate habit, I read this book after becoming hooked on Grimes' Jury character and books. That was just as well, because this didn't have anywhere near the character depth and entertaining mannerisms that developed in future books, so I may not have gone further with the series had I read this first. I am glad to know the origins of the characters, and how the Jury-Plant friendship formed. But having the characters become so much more entertainingly eccentric in newer books was so much better. Plant is so much more than he showed in this book, as is Agatha. And Jury is too one-dimensional here--his subtle mannerisms have not appeared yet. The plot is kind of exaggerated, as would be good for a stage play, but is still Grimes, and Grimes is generally quite good. Glad to have this one under my belt to go on reading her more recent and more entertaining tales of Jury, Plant, et al.
This books is worthy of my highest recommendation. In the fashion of Dorothy L. Sayers this book is as enjoyable for the wonderful characters as the well spun mystery.
My preference is not to be keep on the edge of my seat, but comfortable and snug with a nice cup of tea nearby.
Can't decide whether I enjoy Jury or Plant.
I found both the sensitivity and playfulness of Jury endearing. His attitude about untrodden snow was delightful.
If you enjoy Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter, then you are in for a treat.
If you haven't read the Lord Peter mysteries than I suggest you double your pleasure and indulge yourself with Martha Grimes' Jury as well as Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter.
I was worried about this being a bit 'stodgy' for my tastes, but the pace and story was good, Most of the characters enjoyable and fun, and the annoying characters were mostly kept to a minimum. Recommended
Poor story, poor narration, poor, poor, poor. The plot was very dull, and Steve West is a dreadful narrator. Stay away unless you already are a fan.
I loved the audio version, The narrator brought the characters to life.
This was my first, but not last; Martha Grimes book.
First as well, but going to search for others by this narrator.
I loved all the scenes with Aunt Agetha and the ones where Jury displays his dry wit.
This series is one of my absolute favorites. I've read them (in paperback) many times. The best part of listening to the book was, as is the case for all audiobooks, being able to take the characters along with me. Also grateful that the voices did not conflict too badly with what I've been hearing in my head for years.
The first meeting of all the regular characters.
As mentioned earlier, his voices didn't conflict with my preconceptions
I have been waiting for ages to see this series come to Audible. The latter books in the series became a bit tedious, but these early entries have everything one could want. Richard Jury and Melrose Plant and all the rest of the characters have become like old friends. Please, Audible, bring them all!
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