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From the rough but colorful pub that provides the novel's title, to the snowboard Gothic estate nearby, the chilly English landscape has never held more atmosphere - or thwarted romance. And Jury will never have a more mysterious Christmas.

Five Days Before Christmas - On his way to a brief holiday (he thinks) Jury meets a woman he could fall in love with. He meets her in a snow covered graveyard - not, he thinks, the best way to begin an attachment.

Four Days Before Christmas - Jury meets Father Rourke, who draws for him the semiotic square - "a structure that might simplify thought," says the priest, but Jury's thoughts need more than symbols.

Three Days Before Christmas - Melrose Plant, Jury's aristocratic and unofficial assistant, arrives at Spinney Abbey, now home to a well-known critic. Among the assembled snowbound guests he meets: Lady Assington, Beatrice Sleight, and the painter Edward Parmenger. When they all assemble in the dining room, Lady Assington announces, "I think we should have a murder."

©2013 Martha Grimes (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Among the best of the Richard Jury mysteries!

Martha Grimes wrote a great series of books featuring Richard Jury (cerebral detective from Scotland Yard), and his ensemble of friends--each of whom has their own distinctive (often amusing) personalities. Among them all, there is the ever-solid Melrose Plant--who has voluntarily given up his aristocratic titles to live a freer lifestyle--to the great consternation of his American aunt Agatha (who generally supplies the comic relief in the stories) and his butler Ruthven. Plant tends to be Jury's unofficial assistant in most of the mysteries.

In this one, among her best in my opinion, Jury independently meets a woman who will soon be murdered. Melrose Plant & friends separately decide to spend Christmas at an old stately home where murder will occur again. Both would initially appear unrelated, but of course, they are not. And the Jerusalem Inn (aptly named since this occurs around Christmas time, and the attempts there to produce a nativity scene would in some ways underscore the themes of family which appear all through the story) provides a key central point for all the further action.

The narrator is very good, and the story equally so. This was originally published in 1984, so it is still echoing much of the vintage british mystery genre. (It is difficult to believe that Grimes is actually an American author!). I love all her books--and this is 5th in the series, and she is really hitting her stride at this point. Well worth reading!

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Great Narrator

Where does Jerusalem Inn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high up. I enjoyed listening to West's narration almost as much as I do Davina Porter... may Her Voice never fail..

The narrator is crucial to enjoying a book. One of my all time favorite books is Heinlein's THe Moon is a Harsh Mistress. However, the narrators voice was so mechanical I could not finish listening, even for the story.

So thank you Mr. West for being one of the good guys.

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"God Bless "

Another fine story from Martha Grimes. I really enjoy the Richard Jury series. Always something more going on behind the scenes. A Christmas who done it Well worth listening to.

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Great classic mystery series

This is another strong entry into the Jury/Plant series. They are classic golden age type novels, so there is no gore, nothing graphic -- just a well plotted mystery with interesting characters and enough red herrings to keep you going.

The friendship of Jury/Plant and the slightly over-the-top quirky characters are what puts this a cut above average.

The narration is good.

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Excellent characters, suspenseful to the end.

I am listening to the Richard Jury books in order, and this one is the best one so far. Steve West's narration is skillful, the cast of characters was large enough to offer several different motivations for the murder(s) being solved. I really enjoyed this one, and I'm looking forward to the next Richard Jury mystery.

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Anything by Martha Grimes is worth the read

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Richard Jury and friends are great well developed characters. And Martha Grimes understated British humor is everywhere. One of the few authors that makes me laugh out loud.

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Another fab story!

This is yet another fabulous story in this series. It kept me guessing to the end and I didn't not see that coming at all. I love the quirkiness of all of the characters. Steve West is so good at giving each one their own personality in his performance.

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Witty, Clever, and Original

Story has more depth than most mysteries. Writing is up there with Christie, Sayers, and Graham. Chandler might have them all beat though.

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Another Martha Grimes Mystery well done.

good narration and love the interaction between Jury and Plant. as audible sometimes a little confusing on who's who that would be easier with written word but still a good story. I can picture it all in my mind.

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Another GREAT Richard Jury Mystery

I religiously read Martha Grimes novels as they were published. It’s FUN to listen all these years later. After reading all of them, it was enlightening to see that this particular book is where Ms Grimes hits her stride with characterization. At this point the story becomes less important than the personalities of Jury and Plant. I must admit, as I did when I read the books I had trouble putting the clues and mystery solution together. I always had to reread portions to see how that could have been a logical outcome. The narrator is great!!