It is a chill and foggy 12th Night, wild with North Sea wind, when a bizarre murder disturbs the outward peace of Rackmoor, a tiny Yorkshire fishing village with a past that proves a tangled maze of unrequited loves, unrevenged wrongs, and even undiscovered murders.
Inspector Jury finds no easy answers in his investigation - not even the identity of the victim, a beautiful young woman. Was she Gemma Temple, an impostor? Or was she really Dillys March, Colonel Titus Crael’s long-lost ward, returning after eight years to the Colonel’s country seat and to a share of his fortune? And who was her murderer?
©1984 Martha Grimes (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
For Martha Grimes Jury series on Audible, I love this series and it only gets better. However, the narrator is all wrong, he misses the wit and nuance. The humor is dry and smart, the narrator is not.
Good mysteries, but I'm not sure I'll keep buying if they are all narrated by West.
I love books!
I came across this series and started with book #1 and this is my second in the series, book #2. I'm still not quite sure what genre to put this in? it's clearly a murder mystery but it's not really a thriller, not a page turner. It's more in the line of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, a thinking person's mystery. And, yet, there is also the aspect of an American author writing the story set in England and sort of making fun, a spoof almost, of the British way of life, the language, the aristocracy and the class system, which we Americans find interesting, I suppose, if not a bit strange. Still, with all this said, my goal in any book is to be entertained and that I was.
Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. They are strong men with different personalities formed out of different upbringings yet they develop an intuitive relationship as the books move through the series. While the books can be stand alone, reading them in sequence lets you see this respect grow; you also meet the other characters with all their eccentricities as they move in and out of the books. They are a treat and how Jury and Plant interact with them is great fun.
So far, this is my 3rd book I'm "rereading" with narration by Steve West. The Audible narration is a true delight. I read all the Martha Grimes Richard Jury books years ago, up to her latest. Her earlier ones are her best as one follows the eccentric characters through several books.
These are murder mysteries after all so the subject is not humorous. However, there are lots of chuckles especially with Mr. West's narration catching the sarcasm and off kilter humor of the characters. He conveys the dry humor and quirkiness in these books so well yet the seriousness of the murder(s) comes across strongly in his narration.
Mr. West has an impressive range for the various voices, so much so at times I almost think more than one person is speaking the various voices. He doesn't use extremes for a female voice or a child's voice yet he captures these very well.
This was another great mystery done by Martha Grimes. I enjoyed the first book more because there were so many funny, interesting, and oddball characters, however the ones which did carryover were a joy to see back. I love Martha Grimes theme of placing murders in towns with unique pubs, and I especially love Jury traveling from town to town to solve them. It not only gives each story a new fresh setting so you're never stuck in one place, but also keeps it comforting and familiar by having some of the same great characters in book after book.
As far as narration goes, seriously Steve West is unreal. I listen to ALL books on audio, and I have never come across a narrator who has as many voices as he does. He must have a bottomless bag spilling over with them because each and every character has his/her own unique tone. The fact that Richard Jury will be going from town to town solving murders in a series of almost 2 dozen novels means we will be introduced to dozens and dozens of characters. Steve West is by far in the top of his class and the perfect narrator to perform this series. I love him so much I've actually added some books to my wish list just because he's the narrator. Im completely hooked to everything and everyone surrounding this series. As far as Im concerned, each book is worth several golden credits.
I'm a longtime fan of Martha Grimes and worried about how the book would sound on tape because the characters were clear in my head. Steve west is one of the best readers ever with an attractive basic voice and good characterizations without stooping to grotesque accents and chortles that you can't understand, as I find w some narrators. The only complaint is with the directors prep. There are quite a number of mispronounced words, especial anything vaguely French or Italian. Could these be prepped ahead? Words like dilettante, contributing, bas-relief and the old "famous" actor of the forties is Charles Boyer (French boy-YAY). .. cultural differences. But he's a great reader. I've enjoyed him in several Grimes books and she's a sensational writer blending drama, psychological insights beautiful phrase structure (with a few Germanish forms--outreaching her hand, e.g.) and a superb sense of humor. Especially fun are in -jokes about other writers, their characters and their styles
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