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A spinster whose passion was bird-watching, a dotty peer who pinched pennies, and a baffling murder made the tiny village of Littlebourne a most extraordinary place. And a severed finger made a ghastly clue in the killing that led local constables from a corpse to a boggy footpath to a beautiful lady's mansion.

But Richard Jury refused, preferring to take the less traveled route to a slightly disreputable pub, The Anodyne Necklace. There, drinks all around loosened enough tongues to link a London mugging with the Littlebourne murder and a treasure map that would chart the way to yet another chilling crime.

©1983 Martha Grimes (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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This is where it started to come together

This is the book that really hooked me on the series. Grimes spread her wings and it shows in character development and dialog. Just the right amount of sweet, sad and dry humor.

This series won't be for every mystery lover, lots off British colloquialisms and I'm sure some people will be offended by Ash the Flash in this very sensitive century. This book was written in1983 and even with Ash the Flash in my very humble opinion is not dated.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Ahhh, Richard Jury!

Even though many of the regular characters are missing from this story, it is my favorite of the Richard Jury series available on Audible and I am anxiously awaiting the addition of more titles. One of my favorite mystery writers, Martha Grimes continues to add new cast members and develop their relationships as the series progresses. I particularly appreciate her characterizations of self sufficient children in books 2 and 3. Sorry to say Aunt Agatha is not a continuing presence in this story and I missed her but she will return! Years ago I owned the series on audio cassettes, read by Tim Curry, and I personally prefer Steve West's less stilted narration

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Just not my cup of tea.

I love British mysteries and was hoping for a good long series to settle into. But, this will be my last. The characters had redeeming qualities, but nothing that made me care ever to read about them again. The ending, in my opinion, was really soft. There were some twists and turns, but most were broadcast before the action started.

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  • Judy
  • Knife River, MN, United States
  • 02-26-14

Wonderful reader for a great story

If you could sum up The Anodyne Necklace in three words, what would they be?

Steve West does an amazing job of reading Martha Grimes books. It's as good as attending a play!

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 04-28-18

More laughter

situational-humor, verbal-humor, law-enforcement, murder-investigation, friendship

Despite some of the aspects of the murders and attempted murder, some of the characters are the wackiest I've seen in a while! Of course there are dastardly ones, and the two coppers along with some of their friends, but it's the locals who will have you laughing yourself silly. Very enjoyable!
Steve West narrates it all without cracking up.

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Great series, not the greatest book in it

I very much like the Jury series and will definitely continue on with it.

That said, this wasn't my favorite so far. The characters were their usual quirky, interesting selves, but the plot fell a bit short. The killer was a bit out in left field and was one of those mystery tropes that generally annoy me. Alas I can't expand on that without spoiling the book.

I didn't hate it and it didn't ruin the series for me. I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first two.

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Another goodie by Ms Grimes

I so enjoy these audio books that are available read by someone with an accent! The mystery keeps you listening and it is fun!

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One Of My Favorite Jury Books

Would you listen to The Anodyne Necklace again? Why?

I love the interaction between the little girl in this book and Melrose Plant. Cracks me up.

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

One scene involving Emily Louise did. Having read most of the Jury books I know Martha Grimes does not hesitate in putting kids in harms way.

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

Yes. Consistently good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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