• The Old Wine Shades

  • Richard Jury, Book 20
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)

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The Old Wine Shades

By: Martha Grimes
Narrated by: Steve West
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Publisher's summary

The latest in New York Times best-selling author Martha Grimes's Richard Jury mystery series

"The dog came back."

"This is a joke, right?"

"No, it isn't.... So do you want to hear the rest of it?"

Dumbly, Jury nodded. The rest of it is told by Harry Johnson, a stranger who sits down next to Richard Jury as he's drinking in a London pub called the Old Wine Shades. Over three successive nights Harry spins this complicated story about a good friend of his whose wife and son (and dog) disappeared one day as they were viewing property in Surrey. They've been missing for nine months - no trace, no clue, no lead as to what happened.

He's a fascinating bloke, this Harry Johnson - rich, handsome, unattached, and brainy about the esoteric subject of quantum mechanics, a field in which the vanished woman's husband, Hugh Gault, excels: He's an authority on string theory, which has some pretty funny notions about the nature of reality.

Jury wonders, Is Harry Johnson winding him up? Or did it really happen? The dog did come back - but how? And from where? And when Jury investigates, all seems to be just as Harry described it.

Until they find the body.

©2006 Martha Grimes (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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A Bit Unusual

Only 2nd R. Jury books I've listened to.
*****SPOILERS*****
I love the way it wasn't all tied up with a bow.
I was a bit concerned about the wonderful M. Plant's & R. Jury not seeming very 'chummy'.
Worth a credit.

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great narrating.

this narrator is fabulous! the story was very good, although I found it to be dragging at some points.

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Not as good as her others

The physics discussions were too long. The villain was hard to listen to and the first chapters were hard to get through. Then the story caught me.

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Another winning entry in the Jury Series

The Chief Superintendent solves another impossible case with the help of two children. An Autistic boy and a precocious girl. Oh, and a dog!

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Keep it straight..

The story ambled along like a wine infused dream... nonsense and dribbles of storyline. Annoying ...

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Tedious in parts

Too much repetition of esoteric ideas got in the way of a good yarn. I love the Richard Jury series but this one had a frustrating ending. A surgical edit could do wonders for this book.

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