Search Results: "Martha Grimes"


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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 >

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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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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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FOUL MATTER by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

"Publishing's archly amusing answer to Get Shorty—except that since it's books rather than movies, instead of crazy things happening very fast, crazy things get talked about at length and not all that much happens in the end."
Grimes forsakes Supt. Richard Jury's British haunts (The Grave Maurice, 2002, etc.) for a criminal farce played out in the cutthroat world of New York publishers. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

"But fans of the Golden Age mystery probably won't feel like complaining; and they'll certainly look forward to Jury's next outing—which could be a classic if it adds a Christie twist to all the other glories here."
Like Liza Cody's Dupe (above), Grimes' mystery debut is a triumph manquÉ—with style, wit, charm, atmosphere. . . and a disappointing plot. Read full book review >

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BITING THE MOON by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"Grimes's young heroines are as grave and enchanting as you'd expect, and she shows a nice eye for the relations between inhumanity toward animals and other, more shocking kinds of same."
The longtime chronicler of Inspector Richard Jury and his menagerie of friends (The Stargazey, 1998, etc.) goes west for this tale of a young woman on the road from nowhere aiming to solve the mystery of her identity. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE LAST by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"Even so, Grimes's delicious people portraits and elegant prose are as entertaining as ever."
Benny Keegan, 12, sleeps under Waterloo Bridge and scrapes together a living running errands. Read full book review >

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THE DIRTY DUCK by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 1984

"But fans can count on her customary vivacity, charm, and wit: an imaginative, if somewhat outlandish, diversion."
Grimes (The Anodyne Necklace, etc.) continues to extract maximum entertainment value from quiet, handsome Superintendent Richard Jury and his titled, unofficial sidekick Melrose Plant—who this time investigate a series of bloody murders aimed at Honeysuckle Tours, an exclusive US travel-outfit for very rich tourists. 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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DOUBLE DOUBLE by Martha Grimes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2013

"This brave and engaging memoir is a gift to readers struggling with drinking problems."
A leading American mystery writer and her son recall their lives as alcoholics and their diverse paths to sobriety. 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 >