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Publisher's Summary

Robbie Parsons is one of London's finest, a black cab driver who knows the city by heart. In his backseat is a man with a gun in his hand - a man who brazenly committed a crime in front of the Artemis Club then jumped in and ordered Parsons to drive. As the criminal eventually escapes to Nairobi, Detective Superintendent Richard Jury comes across the case in the Saturday paper.

Two days previously, he had met and connected with one of the victims, a professor of astrophysics at Columbia and an expert gambler. Feeling personally affronted, Jury enlists Melrose Plant, Marshall Trueblood, and his whole gang of merry characters to contend with a case that involves Tanzanian gem mines, a closed Reno casino, and a pub that only London's black cabbies who have the knowledge can find.

With their signature wit, sly plotting, and gloriously offbeat characters, Martha Grimes's New York Times best-selling Richard Jury Mysteries are "utterly unlike anyone else's detective novels" (The Washington Post).

©2018 Martha Grimes (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Drought over!

Martha is back in typical form. Love her characters and her writing. Jury, Plant and the old gang ride again!

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The Knowledge

One of Martha Grimes best with the unexpected 'side trips' and lively discourse that add spice to the narrative.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • rochester
  • 04-08-18

a romp down memory lane

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. it is puzzling, funny, sad and has memorable characters and a strong story line, but while i think it stands on its own, i also think it would be most appreciated by those who have followed the stories and characters over the years.

What did you like best about this story?

new adventures for old friends

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

solid narrator but in my opinion the best narrators "disappear" in the narration and he seems to do just that. also, just as an editorial note on a pet peeve, he speaks English correctly. i don't think i heard a single word mis-pronounced, which is something I hear all too often, especially on books produced by audible (which this one is not).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

many of them

Any additional comments?

I had the feeling that this might have been written as a "last book". While it could serve well in this capacity, I truly hope that I am wrong.

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One of the Best audible and readable books ever

I loved this book. My favorite book of the year. It is not perfect but it was so much fun going on the journey of the book that I wanted to share my experience. It has a wonderful cast of characters who live in these pages, presided over by Richard Jury, the ostensible protagonist, but who often take over the narrative in amusing and unforeseen ways. The idea of the knowledge as the secret lore of cabbies in London and who can find a pub called The Knowledge, founded by an ex-cabbie, at the unlisted heart of the labyrinth, is a conceit that works so well within the logic of the book, that I did not question it. I laughed out loud and heartily many times while listening and reading- ( I often buy the audible and reading version so I can switch off). Jury's friends, the people we meet along the way. I especially loved the children, enough said. I liked the book so much that I tried other Martha Grimes books- this was my first- but so far none of them are as enjoyable as this one, and in fact, I was disappointed because this was so good. I am a critical reader and do not give accolades but I thought this was a minor masterpiece. My taste is eccentric in film and books but I loved it.

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Jury

Loved this book. Story and narration is wonderful. Didn’t want it to end. I’m going to look for more of the same.

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  • Jan
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  • 04-09-18

Fascinating!

series, murder, investigation, law-enforcement, England, Zambia ----

The usual characters are joined by an intelligence gathering organization of very smart street kids and an organization of London cabbies of a particular stripe. One of the young folk is particularly resourceful in following the suspect all the way to Nairobi where she and Melrose Plant run into each other without knowing that they are chasing the same villain. Most of the humor is rather sly but definitely there! Enjoyable!
I preordered the audio, and Steve West did a really fine job of audio interpretation.

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Disappointed

I’ve been waiting for a new Martha Grimes for a long time. The plot was all over the place. It felt like she added a lot of anecdotes just to make the book long enough. Not one of her best.

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Amazing experience!

Everything with this book was amazing - the story was enchanting and the reading was unbelievable with so many disparate voices. Couldn’t stop listening!

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Thoroughly enjoyed this .

Delightful. This is my first Martha Grimes. I've already purchased the first book on the series from Audible and look forward to many happy hours on the treadmill in the company of Richard Jury and his comrades.

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Favorite of the series

An especially charismatic group of characters carry the mystery, and seem to bring out the best in Martha Grimes’ usual cast. Much enjoyed.

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  • Sara Davies
  • 04-12-18

Popcorn listening

Possibly one of the most daft books I have ever heard but I had to listen to the end just to see what happened