|Plot Summary of The Blue Last|
Richard Jury, Scotland Yard Inspector helps a friend with a case going back to the London bombings in WWII. The character-driven story flows from the finding of human remains under an old pub, bombed out in "The Blitz". Who these people were, and the implications of their identity, lead, ultimately to a murder in the present. Wealthy families, unusual relationships, quirky characters fill the story and raise it above the average mystery.
This synopsis report prepared by David Summers
Viking, Sep 2001, 24.95, 384 pp.
Detective Chief Inspector Mickey Haggerty is dying from cancer and his work to complete his final case borders on obsession. Mickey begs his long time friend and fellow cop Richard Jury to take over the investigation because he knows Rich will not rest until he solves the investigation. Two skeletons were found amidst the ruins of THE BLUE LAST Pub. Forensics proves that the remains are that of a young woman and female infant killed during World War II.
Haggerty believes that the adult is Alexandra Tynedale, daughter of brewing magnate Oliver Tynedale. However, it is the infant that interests the dying cop. If she is who he thinks she is, then someone planted an impostor baby inside the Tynedale family and that child, now an adult, stands to inherit a fortune as the grandchild of a wealthy man. Though he wants nothing to remind him of the WW II bombings since his parents were killed by them, Rich begins to investigate for a friend. When a murder of a Tynedale friend occurs, Richard wonders if there is a tie to a cover-up of a five-decade-old scam or is Maisie really a Tynedale?
Richard Jury is always welcome and his latest tale includes a strong dose of his personal side through Haggerty and his thoughts about his deceased parents. The moving story line centers on the police investigation from a possible mystery over fifty years old; if there really is a mystery. Richard remains his irascible but lovable self in his sixteenth appearance and his creator, Martha Grimes, still has the magic touch to keep him fascinating.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Blue Last|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- "All in the family" murder
- solving long-past murder
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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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