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
Yes, at first I was confused, 2 men died in two seperate places
In the beginning yes, until I figured out who did the murders. However I really could not figure out why.
I never listened to Steve West before but, after this novel I did order more Martha Grimes novels.
His portrayal of Lady Agatha Ardry, was exquisite. Like Jury you wanted to strangle her for her constant interference .
When Jury interaction with the brother and sister, James and James. Another Jury interveiwed Ruby Judd's family their cold and aloof treatment of their daughter
Martha Grimes writes enjoyable British mysteries and this series is no exception. The narrator did a good job, and made Aunt Agatha appropriately annoying. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Just my personal reaction. I found it stiff and boring with a raft full of unappealing characters and preposterous situations. It was more an antiquated pastiche of a British mystery than an actual British mystery. Richard Jury may have turned out to be a decent fictional detective, but I simply couldn't make it that far. I realize I'm in the minority here, given the ratings, but this is definitely not my pint of lager. Those of you who enjoy, enjoy. I will not be back for more of the series or the author.
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.
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.
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