The Old Fox Deceiv'd

Narrated by: Steve West
Series: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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It is a chill and foggy 12th Night, wild with North Sea wind, when a bizarre murder disturbs the outward peace of Rackmoor, a tiny Yorkshire fishing village with a past that proves a tangled maze of unrequited loves, unrevenged wrongs, and even undiscovered murders.

Inspector Jury finds no easy answers in his investigation - not even the identity of the victim, a beautiful young woman. Was she Gemma Temple, an impostor? Or was she really Dillys March, Colonel Titus Crael’s long-lost ward, returning after eight years to the Colonel’s country seat and to a share of his fortune? And who was her murderer?

©1984 Martha Grimes (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
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what genre is this?

I came across this series and started with book #1 and this is my second in the series, book #2. I'm still not quite sure what genre to put this in? it's clearly a murder mystery but it's not really a thriller, not a page turner. It's more in the line of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, a thinking person's mystery. And, yet, there is also the aspect of an American author writing the story set in England and sort of making fun, a spoof almost, of the British way of life, the language, the aristocracy and the class system, which we Americans find interesting, I suppose, if not a bit strange. Still, with all this said, my goal in any book is to be entertained and that I was.

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Second reading through narration a real pleasure

Where does The Old Fox Deceiv'd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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Who was your favorite character and why?

Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. They are strong men with different personalities formed out of different upbringings yet they develop an intuitive relationship as the books move through the series. While the books can be stand alone, reading them in sequence lets you see this respect grow; you also meet the other characters with all their eccentricities as they move in and out of the books. They are a treat and how Jury and Plant interact with them is great fun.

Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

So far, this is my 3rd book I'm "rereading" with narration by Steve West. The Audible narration is a true delight. I read all the Martha Grimes Richard Jury books years ago, up to her latest. Her earlier ones are her best as one follows the eccentric characters through several books.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

These are murder mysteries after all so the subject is not humorous. However, there are lots of chuckles especially with Mr. West's narration catching the sarcasm and off kilter humor of the characters. He conveys the dry humor and quirkiness in these books so well yet the seriousness of the murder(s) comes across strongly in his narration.

Any additional comments?

Mr. West has an impressive range for the various voices, so much so at times I almost think more than one person is speaking the various voices. He doesn't use extremes for a female voice or a child's voice yet he captures these very well.

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Another solid entry in this series

This is the second book in the Richard Jury series and is a solid, entertaining mystery. The characters are quirky and interesting, the mystery solidly plotted.

What I find most enjoyable about the books is the dry humor and the interaction of Plant and Jury. It makes for good reading.

The narrator is very good.

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Waited so long

For Martha Grimes Jury series on Audible, I love this series and it only gets better. However, the narrator is all wrong, he misses the wit and nuance. The humor is dry and smart, the narrator is not.

Good mysteries, but I'm not sure I'll keep buying if they are all narrated by West.

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Inspector Jury- Sympathetic Scotland Yard

I read this book when it first came out. I still have the book, I loved it so much. That began a years long crush on both Jury and Plant. When we visited England I had to find a Fairy Cake! It’s been 37 years and my ardor has not diminished. If you like British mysteries, this is a great choice!

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Really fun book, love the narrator too

Fun story line, I never did guess who did it. I am going to buy this whole series. Very good

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Just Stumbled on this series

I only recently stumbled on the richard jury series. This is my second read and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I finished it in one day and liked the twists and turns it took. The narrator I thought did a very good job with the characters. The descriptions of the village and landscape made you feel Like you were right there on the moors, in the swirls of mists and fog, by the sea. I will definitely be buying the next book in the series.

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What a pleasure!

Martha Grimes is a wonderful writer and this book is full of crisp details, intriguing characters, and a twisty plot. Steve West does a beautiful job of narrating with accents and tones of voice that reveal the characters both male and female. Loved it!

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Not to be MIssed.More Twists Than a Switchback.

Pure pleasure reading. Not your average country mystery. Extensive vocabulary, wonderful characterization (really evocative) and a finally wrought, fast - paced thriller.

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Loved it

Great character development. Love to see the relationship between Jury and Plant develop. Wiggins is a crack up. Well narrated. I could totally ‘see’ the characters. Already downloaded the next book.