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The Man with a Load of Mischief: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1 | [Martha Grimes]

The Man with a Load of Mischief: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1

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....
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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.

©2013 Martha Grimes (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    John NJ, United States 09-25-14
    John NJ, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2007
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    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

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    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 05-27-14
    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2010

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    "A novel with a load of hooey"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 03-23-14
    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 03-23-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Good beginning for a series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Man with a Load of Mischief to be better than the print version?

    I loved the audio version, The narrator brought the characters to life.


    If you’ve listened to books by Martha Grimes before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first, but not last; Martha Grimes book.


    Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First as well, but going to search for others by this narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved all the scenes with Aunt Agetha and the ones where Jury displays his dry wit.


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    Debbie BENTON CITY, WA, United States 06-16-13
    Debbie BENTON CITY, WA, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Finally!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Man with a Load of Mischief the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man with a Load of Mischief?

    The first meeting of all the regular characters.


    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    As mentioned earlier, his voices didn't conflict with my preconceptions


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Frank Charlotte, NC, United States 05-01-13
    Frank Charlotte, NC, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "At last ---great collection."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Man with a Load of Mischief to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love them all


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it


    Any additional comments?

    Read all the books have been waiting for the audio books forever. Love Jury & his crazy Brits

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