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Publisher's Summary

The Dirty Duck is a pub in Shakespeare's beloved Stratford, and in this pub Miss Gwendolyn Bracegirdle of Sarasota, Florida, fresh from a performance of As You Like It, takes her last drink. A few minutes later she is slashed ear to ear, the only clue: two lines from an unknown poem printed across a theater program. The razor-happy murderer, it seems is stalking a group of rich American tourists. And Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury, just passing through Stratford for a glimpse of the intriguing Lady Kennington, instead takes a crash course in the bloodier side of Elizabethan verse.

©2013 Martha Grimes (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Love the novels, but the narrator!!!!

He is hit and miss, if West would just stop trying to sound like a woman, uhg!

This isn't the best story in the series, but i still enjoyed the book. Having read the entire series the characters are my old friends. Jury is the original "Superintendent", melancholic, nostalgic, romantic...

The publisher's summary is accurate if a little vague.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Miss the old narrators

I love that you are doing Martha Grimes early books - love them all. But I do miss the narrating skills of Donada Peters and John Lee.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Martha Grimes--great mysteries

This is early, and still vintage, Martha Grimes. I read this book many years ago and have happily just listened to it again. I love the characters--while the stories are always good, it is her ensemble of folks who all charmingly interact with each other through all the books that really keep the stories lively as well as good mysteries.

Richard Jury is sort of the cerebral Scotland Yard detective who happens to be at the right place to deal with this crime,and who is always the thread that holds the books together. He is delightfully surrounded by his friend Melrose Plant (who has given up his titles to live an ordinary life--to the exasperation of his American Aunt, who would like to use him to further her own pretensions) and several other of their ongoing friends.

In this story, murder and kidnapping occur to Americans who are traveling together on a special tour to England. They apparently are all quite wealthy, but there is a curious lack of urgency on their part to find the kidnapped child. Together Jury and Plant (chiefly) unravel all the pieces of the plot to bring it to a very satisfactory closing. Recommend!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I am from Texas

There are characters in the story from Virginia. The southern-country accents were so bad I could not listen to them. This would probably read very well. Those accents were like nails on a chalk board.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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NOT ONE OF MY FAVORITES

After listening to 3 books in the series back-to-back, I was just beginning to become a fan. However, this story didn't grab me, didn't make sense and the narrator's interpretation of an American accent is dated, unimaginative, and irritating. That whiny mid-west twang is better suited in stories from the late 19th century and early 20th century when people rarely traveled more than 50 miles from home. But now we all know how a mid-Atlantc accent sounds and that all Americans do not sound alike. I feel that the narrator and producer of this installment just got lazy. The book is about an American tour group - how hard would it have been to do a little research!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I love Martha Grimes and all her characters

Steve West is the best. I love Martha Grimes and I really enjoy the performance by Steve West.

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Maybe it's reads as a better be over if you are English.

I feel robbed of the portion of my life that I spent reading this book. I am once again tempted to stop reading fiction written by wine and the British.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful