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The Winds of Change

Richard Jury, Book 19
Narrated by: Steve West
Series: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 19
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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As he leans over the body of an unidentified five-year-old girl shot in the back on a shabby London street, Superintendent Richard Jury knows he'll be facing one of the saddest investigations of his life. His colleague DI Johnny Blakeley, head of the pedophile unit of NSY, thinks he knows where this child came from - an iniquitous house on that same street, owned by well-known financier Viktor Baumann and fronted by a woman named Murchison. Blakeley has been trying to wreck their operation for a long time.

While examining the body of an unidentified woman murdered in the gardens of Declan Scott's estate, Angel Gate, Brian Macalvie, commander of the Devon and Cornwall police, realizes he's been here before. Three years prior, Declan's stepdaughter, four-year-old Flora, was abducted while she and her mother Mary were visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Shortly after that, Mary Scott herself died, and Declan was devastated by the loss of his child and his wife.

"He really doesn't need a body in his garden," says Macalvie.

Joined by the intrepid Melrose Plant, now a gardener at Angel Gate, Jury and Macalvie rake over the present and the past in a pub near Launceston called the Winds of Change. With one of their most serpentine investigations under way, all signs point to the guilt of Viktor Baumann, Mary Scott's first husband and Flora's father. But when no one in this case is exactly who he seems, how can Jury be sure?

©2004 Martha Grimes (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Lost stars, owing to ignorant bigotry re Down’s Syndrome

Overall, The Winds of Change is very similar to Grimes’s other Richard Jury books: decent plot, enticing mystery, and detailed characterization (incl. a hero who continues to avoid needed psych medication and therapy), combined with startling sexism.
HOWEVER, The Winds of Change contains some extremely ignorant statements re Down Syndrome, statements not spoken by a character, but stated as fact. What statements? 1. That Down’s Syndrome is a curse. 2. That a boy with Down Syndrome, who says the name of his dead sister when the adults around him begin discussing her, is merely trying out a word. That “any” word would do, as the boy doesn’t know the significance of his sister’s name, doesn’t know what any word means. 3. That a boy with Down’s Syndrome should have been “taken care of”, placed in an institution, rather than live at home. ALSO, 2 of the book’s characters react hideously to this boy, including shuddering (and freaking out) at the boy wanting to stand next to one of them, resting his hand on the seated character’s forearm.

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A heavy subject

As always, the dialogue was great in this story. The performance was almost flawless. Although a very sad subject, both Jury and Melrose were true to character.