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Publisher's Summary

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.
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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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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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A disappointment

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Richard Jury series up until this book. Steve West is an outstanding narrator and will always earn my highest marks, but even his great voice can't save this one. The story is too often disconnected and confusing, and it simply doesn't work with our standard cast of wonderful Jury characters. In this book, the character of Ellen is unappealing, unbelievable and silly. Go back to England, my Jury friends, and leave Ellen behind.

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A dud

Would you try another book from Martha Grimes and/or Steve West?

Yes. Usually they are both excellent.

Has The Horse You Came in On turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What does Steve West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Accents, style.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I enjoyed seeing Americans through British eyes.

Any additional comments?

this book was like a firecracker that sparkled but never went off.

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Dreadful narration

Would you try another book from Martha Grimes and/or Steve West?

I read Martha Grimes' Richard Jury books in the past, and I think I was less discerning then. I've been listening my way through the series on and off and getting some pleasure from them. The books are quite light, the characters are fun, if stereotypical English people. This book, however, finished me off. I had noticed that Ms. Grimes doesn't seem to care for women or Americans very much. It's mostly been subtle; there are some beautiful and elusive Englishwomen who she is more or less kind to. Steve West is challenged in portraying women's voices and his American accent is pretty terrible. This book takes place partly in the U.S. and he has a southern American woman character who he does so very, very badly, it is like nails on chalkboard for me. He can't do southern, his women screech and his American accents have that extra flatness that British readers with a tin ear use. I literally could not finish listening (I have it on kindle). And I'm finally tired of Grimes' attitude toward Americans as well. I don't know Ms. Grimes' personal history, but these books definitely feel dated, both in class elitism and in attitude in general. They are not particularly clever or challenging as murder mysteries either, so I guess they would be classified as a cozy read, but not for me anymore. So, no I won't read anymore Martha Grimes and I will avoid Steve West as a reader forever.<br/>

If you’ve listened to books by Martha Grimes before, how does this one compare?

Worse for me, because I'm fed up with her attitude, but the books are pretty consistent, so if you like one, you will probably like her others. (Do beware this one, don't say I didn't warn you about the screechy flat southern American woman's accent.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Could not listen.

Could you see The Horse You Came in On being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, not interesting enough. Her books are more about atmosphere than plot.

Any additional comments?

I do not understand how this terrible narration got by the producers. Publishers need to understand that the quality of the narration is crucial and take it much more seriously than some seem to.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • annabrecke
  • Chestnut Hill, MA United States
  • 04-01-16

Not the best in the series

I love this installment in the Richard Jury weird and I normally love Steve West's characterizations, but voice he uses for Ellen Taylor is so grating and annoying that it kind of ruined her character for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful