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The Man with a Load of Mischief Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 10-25-13
    Tina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Good Old Fashion Mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to The Man with a Load of Mischief the most enjoyable?

    Yes, at first I was confused, 2 men died in two seperate places


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    In the beginning yes, until I figured out who did the murders. However I really could not figure out why.


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

    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 .


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

    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


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amyg71 04-10-17
    Amyg71 04-10-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Good British mystery"

    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.

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    Magidde 02-18-17
    Magidde 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a penny dreadful, but dreadful nonetheless"

    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.

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    S 01-14-17
    S 01-14-17 Member Since 2011
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    "thanks so much larger"

    thanks so much larger than next Thursday or Friday when I get home from you asking

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    Louise V 12-06-16
    Louise V 12-06-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Keep characters straight!"

    One only has to keep the characters and the pubs straight for a good shot at hitting the murderer!!

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    Anita 06-26-16
    Anita 06-26-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Jury meets Plant"

    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.

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    malibu mom CA 03-23-16
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    "Good characters"

    Starts outs well but then gets a bit bogged down. Well written. I enjoyed it overall.

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    Wanda 01-05-15
    Wanda 01-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not since Lord Peter have I enjoyed charaters more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    My preference is not to be keep on the edge of my seat, but comfortable and snug with a nice cup of tea nearby.


    Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

    Can't decide whether I enjoy Jury or Plant.


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

    I found both the sensitivity and playfulness of Jury endearing. His attitude about untrodden snow was delightful.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Good characters, a good listen"

    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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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