Search Results: "Martha Grimes"


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THE STARGAZEY by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Just don't look for common sense or logic."
Another exotic adventure in never-never land for Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and his rich, titled sidekick, Melrose Plant. Read full book review >

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FADEAWAY GIRL by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 2011

"Emma is as enchanting as the eccentric cast of her hometown."
The latest installment in the endless carnival of crime at sleepy La Porte, Md., involves still another return to the storied past. Read full book review >

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THE OLD WINE SHADES by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 21, 2006

"Even fans who can't appreciate the passing strangeness of this truly special adventure will be won over by a precocious little girl and a dog of rare intelligence."
Supt. Richard Jury's 20th case begins as the shaggiest of shaggy-dog stories, moves through a critique of quantum mechanics and ends in a truly mystical realm. Read full book review >

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HOTEL PARADISE by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 1996

"It shows off Grimes's gifts for extravagant digression beautifully."
Grimes, who's been edging away from the whodunit in her last several cases for Supt. Read full book review >

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THE LAMORNA WINK by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Discursive and overplotted, yes, though no more than is typical of this highly popular series."
For most of the 16th in her Richard Jury series Grimes allows the great detective to lie fallow. Read full book review >

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COLD FLAT JUNCTION by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 2001

"A tour de force whose cobwebby little mystery, less sequel than remake, is fleshed out with dozens of memorably Dickensian grotesques."
It's been five years since prodigious preteen sleuth Emma Graham debuted in Hotel Paradise (1996), but this equally appealing sequel from Richard Jury's creator (The Lamorna Wink, 1999, etc.) is set only a week later. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE PIER by Martha Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1992

"Still, Grimes writes fetchingly at times, has a large following (much of which will be plenty disappointed), and a first printing of 100,000 copies is planned."
Something completely different from the author of the popular, ever-so-British Inspector Jury mysteries (The Old Contemptibles, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 23, 1990

"Still: superior page-by-page entertainment from a skillful imitator."
Ever-eclectic in her borrowings of style and substance from the best English mysteries, Grimes (The Dirty Duck, Jerusalem Inn, etc.) makes her latest a real jumble: part psychosexual gothic (Ö la P.D. James), part sentimental tragicomedy, part eccentric farce—with far more satisfaction in the separate parts than in the unconvincing whole. Read full book review >

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RAINBOW'S END by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 1995

"Grimes seems intent on confirming her status as the successor to Dorothy Sayers, though it's the Sayers of Busman's Honeymoon — that notorious 'love story with detective interruptions' best appreciated by hopeless infatuates of the hero."
The first victim, American silversmith Angela Hope, is found at the bottom of a latrine at Salisbury's Old Sarum ruins. Read full book review >

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THE HORSE YOU CAME IN ON by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1993

"But if some readers will complain that Grimes has left a million loose ends, nobody will rise from this table still hungry."
Is any mystery writer more generous than Grimes in spinning out subplots and a supporting cast? Read full book review >

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THE FIVE BELLS AND BLADEBONE by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 1987

"But, even if oddly paced and blandly padded (sidekick Melrose Plant has never seemed so extraneous), this is steadily absorbing and stylishly crafty in its varied moods: further evidence (with last year's I Am the Only Running Footman) that Grimes intends to avoid the formula foolishness that once threatened to submerge her impressive career."

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I AM THE ONLY RUNNING FOOTMAN by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 1986

"Still: an intriguing, appealing, minor-key departure for Grimes and Jury—with only a few small appearances by Melrose Plant, the Superintendent's faintly precious part-time sidekick."
Though generally delightful, Grimes' mysteries for Superintendent Richard Jury—Jerusalem Inn, etc.—have sometimes bordered on the arch and over-convoluted, with outsized portions of fey British comedy (as concocted by an American writer). Read full book review >