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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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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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Steve West’s narration is such a pleasure!

I had already read and enjoyed all the Richard Jury novels before I started listening to them on Audible. I was kind of tentative at first because I worried I wouldn’t like it if the voices sounded different than I imagined them, but I was hooked from the beginning! I love the way Mr.West does so many different voices - especially Wiggins’s and Aunt Agatha’s, and Richard Jury’s voice is perfect! It must be quite a production to put it all together! I should have reviewed before this because they are all delightful.

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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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The Twist and Turns....... WOW 🤩

I don’t know were to begin? You must take a listen to this episode of Martha Grimes Richard Jury Mysteries. Please don’t hesitate!! As I continue to take this wonderful journey into the lives of Richard Jury and Melrose Plant as they solve murders and mysteries it still amazes me how the writer is able to work all the old characters in at one point or another. We have 2 murders, an old flame of Richard Jury on trial for the murders. All the emotions tension and heartache having to watch RJ deal with it all. But then we take a bit of a break and laugh out loud at another ridiculous court room comedy brought about by non other Melrose Plant’s aunt Agatha. The mind of a writer is truly a talented gift. You will understand that once you listen to this audiobook. I am in awe of the gifted talented Steve West because you really feel as though you are listening to more than one person speaking in a scene. When the scene is intense and you get so wrapped up in it then it ends and you realize you have been listening to just one narrator... THAT IS TALENT!! I love this man’s abilities to narrate a book. I listen to other narrators read books but no one amazes me more then Steve West. You will not be wasting your time or your money getting this book.

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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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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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