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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.



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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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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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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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Rughard Jury- sigh ❤️❤️

This is #3 in the Richard Jury saga and I remember being a young woman reading the book and falling in love with the Scotland Yard detective. Great story, wonderful characters, good narrator.

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Witty and mysterious always a great read.

I love Martha Grimes. I am currently reading her books for the second time. Just as enjoyable as reading the first time. Ms. Grimes is a master at entwining the young and the old in the same story. Her young are wise, her old are foolish and there is always a smart dog or cat.

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Beautifully Martha Grimes! Love this series!

On to the next adventure with Jury and Plant! Steve West is exceptional in storytelling!

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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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Good Fun

A little bit more of a romp than a serious mystery (although the mystery is not shabby by any means), with the characters plucked out of any/many English mystery tales and set upon Martha Grimes well-wrought stage where they get a quietly and intelligently satirical coloring that definitely makes for entertaining background to the main plot. This book is a good lesson in originality and how to properly upholster an overfed genre. This is my first and I hope one of many enjoyable listens of the series.

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Richard Jury #3!

I know when I pick up one of these books it's always going to be an interesting journey full of twists and turns and occasionally a chuckle. Definitely ready for the next one! I'm really enjoying Steve West's narration throughout this series and this book is no exception. He always does such a great job with the numerous characters in each book.