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In the tenth murderous case for Richard Jury, the New Scotland Yard superintendent witnesses a killing in a West Yorkshire inn called the Old Silent, while his highborn, amateur colleague, Melrose Plant wishes to he could perform one as he drives his impossible Aunt Agatha to the Old Swan in Harrogate.

Caught up in a triple murder, Jury would go to any lengths to help Nell Healey, the lovely widow of one of the victims. But Nell Healey remains silent as the Yorkshire moors, quiet as the grave, while the scope of the mystery widens.

©2013 Martha Grimes (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Slow to getting to the point...

What disappointed you about The Old Silent?

I really wanted to like the story, but I have gotten used to Ms. Grimes love of pointless musing, irrelevant storylines, and flights of fancy of her characters. The dialogues in her stories can be frustrating at times, especially when you are not sure what this has to do with moving the story along. This story was 2 hours in and I was ready to pull my hair. All the internal dialogue, the witty repartee with no direction, and a whimsy that was very juvenile at times. It just took forever to get to the point.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not, sure. Having a hard time finding anything right now.

Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

I love Steve West, his performance is the only reason I kept reading

What character would you cut from The Old Silent?

Not so much the characters, but the dialogue.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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At tightly twisted tale

This multidimensional murder investigation by a a notoriously famous and supremely self analytical detective inspector

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Intriguing and sad; they are getting sadder!

Would you listen to The Old Silent again? Why?

Yes; because Martha Grimes is brilliant as is Steve West's delivery of her mysteries.

What other book might you compare The Old Silent to and why?

All of the other Richard Jury mysteries; the same characters are strung throughout in the most beguiling manner.

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

Yes; eleven other Richard Jury Mysteries. This one is just as unique and laden with unexpected turns.

If you could take any character from The Old Silent out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would love to be friends with Melrose Plant--I want to date Richard Jury, CID; so a nice romantic dinner with Richard please!

Any additional comments?

This is yet another book, in the series, where poor Richard is drawn to a woman who is either unavailable or who dies soon after he starts-up a romance; the man is cursed!

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 05-28-18

Depression vs music

: british-detective, law-enforcement, music, muted-humor

While wrapped in depression, Jury witnesses a woman at the end of her own tether deliberately shoot her husband in a quiet pub. He becomes engaged in an unsolved mystery involving the woman, her husband, now dead, and Macalvie while deciding what to do with his life. Plant and Wiggins assist in working on her motivation, the unsolved mystery, and learning about the music scene, Vivian's ongoing Italian situation, and Plant discovers an American. Good show!
Steve West continues to be excellent

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Have been a big Richard Jury fan...

...for years and years. Got off track from Ms Grimes' wonderful detective, but am back on and reading some I've missed. Its great to be back! Thoroughly enjoyed this one and am just as eager to read the next one..! And Da*n, if Steve West isn't just as I thought Jury would be !! Get out of my head! Lol! Enjoy this one and ALL of Ms. Grimes's Jury novels... you wont be sorry!

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DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm not sure. I don't know too many people who want to pay such rapt attention to a story. At least two times, I repeated segments believing I had missed something.

What did you like best about this story?

The little girl stole the show. What a delightful little pessimist!

What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

He did a good job with the voices.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Why did she kill him?

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I love The Old Silent

Having read almost all of Martha Grimes Richard Jury stories, it is a real pleasure listening to them again and reminiscing about the plots. The old gang from Long Pid does not disapoint.

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Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery

Would you try another book from Martha Grimes and/or Steve West?

Yes ~~ have been a fan of Martha Grimes and the Richard Jury series for over 20 years, but for some reason missed The Old Silent ~~ am now grateful for small favors !! Have seldom been so disappointed in a book !! It was not a "mystery" ~~ more an anthology of early R&B artists (John Coletrane, Charlie Parker, etc.). Unless the listener has a particular interest in that genre, please do not waste a credit on this one.
Steve West's narration was, as always, wonderful !!

What could Martha Grimes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have stayed with her tried and true formula of Jury and his friend Melrose Plant investigating and solving the "mystery" behind the murder ~~ The Old Silent does not credit either man with the keen intelligence displayed in her other books; in fact, Plant's actions and language are rather idiotic ~~ here he behaves and sounds like Aunt Agatha !!

Which scene was your favorite?

The characters living or visiting The Old Silent were totally devoid of interest or purpose to the overall story and the confusing abrupt changes in locales made it impossible to nominate a "favorite."

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None of which I am aware.

Any additional comments?

No.

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Incessant Band-Mentioning, Apologetic Rape Offer

Most egregiously, there is a moment in which Melrose Plant kisses a woman by force, and then after she gets free of his grip she says something to the effect of, 'It was like you were going to rape me!' & he in essence says, 'Oh, sorry, SHOULD I HAVE?' He apologizes for NOT trying to rape her?? This is an entirely unnecessary exchange from a man who henceforth has been fairly respectful of/physically neutral with women & now I'm repulsed by him and don't want to continue with the series.

Also, the band that eventually comes to be a plot device is mentioned ad nauseam beforehand/throughout to the point of being deeply annoying.

Collectively, one of Martha's more obnoxious additions to her Richard Jury series.