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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.

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Ruined by falsetto

I'm a fan of Martha Grimes novels, and generally enjoy the narration of Steve West, but this audio book was a huge disappointment. It takes place in Baltimore, and thus there are American accents to imitate.
Steve West speaking "English " is a joy to listen to. His attempt at a Baltimore American is horrid, grating and annoying. Worse yet, there are a number of female Americans in the story, which West renders with a falsetto that does not ring true. It so distracted me, that I found myself losing the plot.

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Fun and Poe!

snarky, murder-investigation, Baltimore, law-enforcement, situational-humor, verbal-humor, EAPoe
More overtly funny than most of the series, Jury and Wiggins head to the US for a few days at the behest and expense of an eccentric and marvelous character from one previous book while Plant heads to Baltimore at the frantic call from a friend. They all wind up pooling information at a bar named The Horse You Came In On. The story itself involves academia, Poe, several murders, and possible plagiarism.
Steve West actually gets to snigger on occasion during his narration!

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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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Richard Jury and his Cohorts Go to America

I love the Richard Jury series. They are witty, sometimes laugh out loud funny. In this book Jury, Melrose Plante and Sgt. Wiggins go off to Baltimore Maryland to help solve a murder. Good characters. Good plot. All read by a really good reader whose voice is the epitome of Richard Jury.

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Another A+!!!

I am so amazed by these books!! Martha Grimes is so talented!! This time she not only has Richard Jury and Melrose Plant trying to solve 3 murders but she writes 2 others stories within the main story. I can’t imagine writing a book and decide to write as part of your main story-line a manuscript found and then have one of our favorite main characters decide to write a book and read part o it.

As usual we have some of our favorite characters in this book along with some from past books return. We travel to the USA, to Baltimore, Maryland. Where Richard Jury has been asked to take a look into the death of a young man who police believe was killed in his home by a burglary. He takes with him Wiggins and Melrose Plant. It’s full of surprises, quick wit, and laughs.

My most favorite talented and beloved narrator, Steve West, does a fantastic job in bringing this story to life. All the different American accents he is able to do will take your breath away. He does such wonderful work that you get lost in the story and can really see and hear each character as though you’re listening to a stage production with a full cast!.

You will love this book and the series. Richard Jury Mysteries is worth getting and listening to Steve West narrate it makes it 1000 times better!!

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A bit of discomfort with Ellen’s accent

It seems a mishmash of regions and neither from NYC or Baltimore. A lot of flat mid west “a’s”. The other American accents were ok. Possibly it’s my dislike of flat mid west “a’s” that got to me. PS. I’m born in NYC, grew up there and spent several decades of my adult years in the Midwest so I consider myself a reasonable judge.

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great story

wonderful characters and a great story.bi love Richard Jury and especially Melrose Plant. I'm happy that his aunt was not much in this book.