|Plot Summary of Five Bells and Blade Bone|
In “Five Bells and Bladebone” Martha Grimes is at her most suspenseful. In this Richard Jury episode, Grimes clearly establishes herself as one of the best of the
genre. In this book, a dismembered corpse is found by Marshall Truebood in an antique desk and naturally alerts Supt. Jury of Scotland Yard, who soon establishes a connection between this body and the murder of a woman by the name of Sadie Driver of Limehouse. Jury--and crew--is off and running. Grimes fans will recognize Jury's “team”--the faithful
Sgt. Wiggins, close friend Melrose Plant, his Aunt Agatha. All provide independent and worthy contributions to the overall book. Grimes' Jury books are all titled after the names of actual pubs, usually in England. This is a series that is riveting, amusing, suspenseful, colorful, and Grimes is a master at the literary allusion. Not a series to be missed.
This synopsis report prepared by Bill Hobbs
|Chapter Analysis of Five Bells and Blade Bone|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of story
- very humorous
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- government investigator
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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