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The sun, smoking behind a haze of cloud, threw off a light of burnished pewter. Mysteriously lit, it was as if the watery, colorless land refused drabness, stood determinedly against dimishment. This is a landscape that can easily deceive, a landscape that volunteers nothing, as if to say, You’re on your own, mate - much like the habitués of the only pub for miles around called The Case Has Altered.

The Lincolnshire fenlands are the right setting for Richard Jury’s latest case, a mystifying double murder. The body of one woman is found on the wash; another woman lies floating in a canal in Windy Fen. Both women are connected with Fengate: Dorcas Reese, a servant; Verna Dunn, the louche ex-wife of the owner, Max Owen, a man with a passion for antiques. So when the principal suspect turns out to be Jenny Kennington, a woman Jury has long loved, he decides he needs someone inside Fengate, someone who can impersonate an antiques expert….

©1997 Martha Grimes (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • Kathy
  • Auberry, CA, United States
  • 05-30-17

classic martha grimes

not the most exciting of her books, so it tends to be a little long. But you get a closer look at Jury and Melrose, and of course Aunt Agatha!

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  • 05-11-18

Enjoy!

The real murder mystery is well done and does highlight the need for investigators to avoid preconceptions. The real courtroom work is rather good, but the courtroom drama involving Agatha's scam is positively brilliant!
Steve West deserves an award for not losing it in the funny parts!

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Wonderful Narrator!

Light, interesting, entertaining. This series introduced me to Steve West, who is among my favorite narrators--up there with Robin Sachs, Robert Glenister, Gerard Doyle, Guildart Jackson, Julian Rhind-Tutt and George Guidell.

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Very good book, but a bit shallow

The best part of this book is Marshall Trueblood acting as a defense council in a trial brought by Aunt Agatha. As always Merlrose Plant is a delight and the scenes he is in are very good and interesting.

I am however growing weary of Richard Jury and his long list of women, all of whom have secrets, are unattainable, and generally make him look a fool.

The mystery is pretty good, but I actually was disappointed at the culprit.

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Good girl Martha .

I love Martha Grimes. I never just pick her writing apart. May she live forever.

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The plot is great but take a bit long to wrap up

I am still a fan but the plots are getting a bit too fancy and complex.

Also, at some point Jury and/ or Plant have to fall in love and get married.???? Right??

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