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Biting the Moon
A teenager finds herself in a strange place, not knowing who she is. With the help a new friend an amazing journey reveals the truth....
Cold Flat Junction
A 12-year-old girl follows instincts and intense curiosity about old and new deaths. She risks to hunt for clues to old and new deaths/murders. Other characterizations in book are hilarious... ther many odd characters, some lovable, some hateful. It's a perfect sequel to "Hotel Paradise"....
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 run...
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....

Grimes booklist

The Dirty Duck
It's the land of Shakespeare and the Dirty Duck pub is filled with activity! In this Martha Grimes thriller, Superintendent Richard Jury finds his hands full. Not far from the pub and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, a body is discovered, the victim being a member of a renowned tour company. This time the murderer has left an intentional clue--a scrap of Elizabethan verse! Baffling as it is, the case is even more muddled when a young...
The Grave Maurice
While in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds, Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury begins an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of Jury's surgeon. The girl was apparently kidnapped, along with a valuable race horse, from her grandfather's stud farm one night while she was tending to the sick horse. No ransom demand was made and the trail is stone cold. At Jury's urging, Melrose Plant, wealthy, br...
The Lamorna Wink
When a local woman comes up missing, reported by her frantic nephew, and an unidentified body is found, everyone assumes the worst. In Martha Grimes' latest Superintendent Jury episode, naturally Scotland Yard is called in. This time, however, Grimes has shipped Jury off on a wild goose chase to North Ireland and longtime friend Melrose Plant takes on the responsibilities (unofficially, of course, as he is a wealthy, unemployed, member of the peerage,...
The Old Fox Deceiv'd
On a foggy night in January, Gemma Temple was murdered as she was on her way to a Twelfth Night party. But maybe her name wasn't Gemma Temple. She had come to this small town of Rackmoor to convince wealthy Sir Titus Crael that she was really his ward, Dillys March, who had left the town 15 years earlier. She had come back to claim money which was owed to her. It is now up to Inspector Richard Jury and his friend, Melrose Plant, to find the murderer by d...
The Old Silent
In this 1989 book (that follows Five Bells and Bladebone), Richard Jury is visiting the Bronte Museum in Haworth, York, when he becomes interested in another visitor, a well-dressed woman who seems rather remote. Later in the local inn where they the only two diners, a man shows up who she first argues with and then shoots. After the inquest Jury recalls a case from years before in which the woman's stepson had been kidnapped and never found. With...
The Stargazey
In “The Stargazey,” the 15th of the Richard Jury mystery series, author Martha Grimes has once again displayed her command of the genre with a compelling storyline, cast of characters, and a knack for landscape and atmosphere. (Remember, the Jury novels are all titled after actual pubs, most of them in England.) The Stargazey is a pub on Fulham Road in London, where one can easily access it by taking Bus No. 14. Supt. Jury of Scotland Yard, on a whi...

Martha Grimes list of books

The Winds of Change
Viking, Aug 2004, 25.95, 407 pp. ISBN: 0670033278 Superintendent Richard Jury had thought nothing could be worse than his last case as he almost died (see THE BLUE LAST). However, looking down at the murdered little girl lying in the London streets makes him realize he was too optimistic. At about the same time, Police Commander Brian Macalvie investigates the case of a Jane Doe found murdered in the gardens of Declan Scott's estate. Three y...


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