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The murder is in America, but the call goes out to Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury. Accompanied by his aristocratic friend Melrose Plant and by Sergeant Wiggins, Jury arrives in Baltimore, Maryland, home of zealous Orioles fans, mouth-watering crabs, and Edgar Allen Poe. In his efforts to solve the case, Jury rubs elbows with a delicious and suspicious cast of characters, embarking on a trail that leads to a unique tavern called The Horse You Came in On.

©2014 Martha Grimes (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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I have mowed through the first eleven and well into the 12th now, First, the driving force is Steve West's narration. I give five stars for every performance. The scene descriptions and the subtlety of observation is first rate. I also greatly enjoy when the reader can listen into Jury or Plant's internal voice.
I'm not sure if I'm missing something by listening and not reading, but I never have much of an idea what's going on with the mystery itself. Am I following Jury now or Plant? Why is he there? How do Plant and Jury communicate with each other? A plan is afoot, but I don't feel that the reader is let in on it. Each story, I'm convinced that I'll keep track of the mystery, but within 45 minutes I just rely on Mr. West to simply entertain me,.
One feature I like is that the mystery winds up and then there's a lengthy epilogue that leads you toward the next book in the series.
It's nice to read stories not loaded with angst. I never can get enough of the scenes when Cyril agitates Racer.
I hope I have motivated you to start the series.

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A keeper overall, but....

Would you listen to The Horse You Came in On again? Why?

It was a good listen, for sure, but no need to listen over and again.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was good-I did like placing the true action in the US, just to change things up a bit. Plant, is hilarious.... The only complaint was near the end, once Plant and Jury return to the UK-- the ending went on and on well after our mystery was solved-- I felt it just wasn't necessary and could have been abridged for the audio book. It felt as if Ms. Grimes just needed ANOTHER clever way to get the line "....and the horse you came in on" into the story yet again and it didn't work.

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

Jury, Plant, and Agatha and Carol Ann are all performed especially well,in all the novels, I think.. In this instance, however, the performance of Ellen and of most of the women, particularly (in this and other novels) were all over done. Ellen's accident is so false and it got to be a bit grating since she had so much more to say this time,than in the previous book. Mr. West's voice is so perfectly gravely for our detective and reaches the right note and pitch for Plant and Trueblood--but his women....no, thanks! LOL! It might not be so terrible to bring in another voice for various women in the more current books...But, that said, Mr. West is an awesome Jury (and McAlvey!)

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

Ms. Grimes' books are usually ones I want to listen to in one sitting! I enjoy them so much-- I just wish I had the time to do so....

Any additional comments?

Good reads, and I highly recommend them!

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  • Ka
  • FREMONT, CA, US
  • 05-27-18

great story

wonderful characters and a great story.bi love Richard Jury and especially Melrose Plant. I'm happy that his aunt was not much in this book.

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Ruined by falsetto

I'm a fan of Martha Grimes novels, and generally enjoy the narration of Steve West, but this audio book was a huge disappointment. It takes place in Baltimore, and thus there are American accents to imitate.
Steve West speaking "English " is a joy to listen to. His attempt at a Baltimore American is horrid, grating and annoying. Worse yet, there are a number of female Americans in the story, which West renders with a falsetto that does not ring true. It so distracted me, that I found myself losing the plot.

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 05-11-18

Fun and Poe!

snarky, murder-investigation, Baltimore, law-enforcement, situational-humor, verbal-humor, EAPoe
More overtly funny than most of the series, Jury and Wiggins head to the US for a few days at the behest and expense of an eccentric and marvelous character from one previous book while Plant heads to Baltimore at the frantic call from a friend. They all wind up pooling information at a bar named The Horse You Came In On. The story itself involves academia, Poe, several murders, and possible plagiarism.
Steve West actually gets to snigger on occasion during his narration!

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Too Convoluted for Me to Enjoy

Would you ever listen to anything by Martha Grimes again?

I have and will continue to listen to/read Martha Grimes' books!

Any additional comments?

I do have problems following some of Ms. Grimes' plots and characters. For me, sometimes many is too much. But I DO enjoy the majority of her Richard Jury stories, although there are moments when I feel as though I come into some characters' lives in the middle of some scenario that I missed.

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My Favorite Mystery Characters

Martha Grimes has put together the perfect set of characters. I love them all! And the stories are varied and intriguing. This one is set in part in the US, giving a change of scenery, and a bit of a break from Agatha. Thank you MG!

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Really Off Color

I have read most of her books. The number of times she described a person as black was so ridiculous l wondered what was going on. She even wrote "the black did .." it was just weird. The story didn't make a lot of sense. The one redeeming thing is that we got more insight into some peripheral relationships.
Just okay

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Love this series!

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I am making my way through this series and am so totally enjoying it. Richard Jury and Melrose Plant and all the characters are so wonderful. I'm on book 14 - The Case Has Altered - and will regret when I am all caught up and have to wait years for the next book. The Horse You Came In On I loved because I enjoyed hearing their opinions of and experiences in the USA .

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Cute, but marred by terrible female voices

If you could sum up The Horse You Came in On in three words, what would they be?

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Any additional comments?

This is a book for those who care more about the characters in this series than the actual story, which in this case is pretty lightweight. As a Baltimore resident, fan of E.A. Poe, and ardent devotee of Melrose Plant, this installment of the Richard Jury series has long been a favorite of mine. Steve West's voice is spot-on for Jury, Plant, Trueblood and Wiggins (hilariously nasal and sincere). However, he totally blows it with the female characters, especially the main one in this story, the angsty writer Ellen Taylor. For her, West affects a whiny falsetto in a patently false American accent, and it's nails on a chalkboard every time. I only put up with it because I'd read the book several times before, and simply re-imagined Ellen's voice in my head: a low, sarcastic, vowel-squashing Bawlmer sound. West does a little better with the female British characters, but this is a case where another reader would've made a lot of sense, especially since the main charm of this book is the witty dialogue.

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