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Following a passionate and troubled love affair with a pretty widow named Jane Holdsworth, Jury finds himself, unaccountably, a suspect in a murder investigation. Detained in London, Jury sends his friend Melrose Plant, former Earl of Caverness, to the Holdsworth family’s Lake District home to pose as an eccentric librarian. Plant discovers that his catalogue cards contain less data on Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey than they do on tantalizing questions about the Holdsworths: What happened to Crabbe Holdsworth’s first wife? What happened to his son, Graham? What happened to the cook, Annie?

And what might happen to the two children, favorites of rich old Adam Holdworth, who prefers the ambience of a swank retirement home, Castle Howe, where he and the elegant Lady Cray can drive the staff crazy? Jury and Sergeant Wiggins finally join Melrose at the Old Contemptibles pub, where they arrive at a solution that Jury detests, for no matter what he does, innocence will suffer.
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Well written! more
A typical Martha Grimes cast (Jury, Plant, Trueblood, Wiggins, Vivian, etc) but with Jury playing a key, but largely off-stage, role. A murder mystery where the murderer is allegedly found, but never caught, and sentences, but never tried.more
Intriguing mystery, with members of a household getting picked off one by one and attributed to accident or suicide, but I'm just not a fan of this series. I get awfully tired of the ubiquitous precocious children. In this one, an 11-year-old girl is working as a cook, living in the household after her mother's death instead of going to live with her aunt, so she can investigate her mother's death. Uh-huh. If you go by this series, English children pretty much run things, and all the adults are idiots or obsessed by weird things or otherwise unworldly. Except for Richard Jury, of course, who sees all, knows all, and is irresistible to all women. Like I said. I just don't like the series.more
The woman that Richard Jury is dating is found murdered and he is a suspect and suspended for awhile from the force. He gets his friend Melrose Plant to go to the her in-laws estate as an undercover librarian to help with the investigation.more
No. 11 in the Richard Jury series.Jury, in Camden Passage with Carole-anne Palutski, his beautiful (if maddening) upstairs neighbor more or less loafing around while Carole-anne shops for antique costume jewelry and other items, meets as if by accident an attractive and intriguing widow, Jane Holdsworth, also shopping in the open-air market. They go off together for a drink at a pub and then, almost as an afterthought, find themselves in Jury’s flat, where they become lovers. Within two weeks, Jury is convinced that he is in love with Jane, and intends to ask her to marry him.Meanwhile, Jane’s son Alex has been sent down from school for gambling. However, when he enters his home, to his shock he finds his mother dead, and reports his discovery to the police. Logically fearing that the Social will send him to his grandparents, whom he detests. he manages to escape from the house undetected, eludes the pursuit, and makes his way to his grandparents’ place in the Lakes District—but to see his great-grandfather, Adam Holdsworth.Jury, to his stunned disbelief, receives a call from a London police inspector notifying him of Jane’s death. Because he was the last to see Jane alive and there is a question of unnatural death, Jury becomes the prime (and only suspect) for the potential murder.Because he can’t leave London, Jury, desperate, enlists the help of Melrose Plant, asking him to pose as a somewhat down-at-the-heels librarian in order to apply for a job at Tarn House, the Holdsworth family seat. Melrose, just back from a trip to Venice with co-conspirator Marshall Trueblood in their ever-lasting quest to delay if not totally deter Vivian Rivington’s wedding to an Italian count by any means necessary, manages to tear himself away from Long Piddleton long enough to assist Jury.This installment is one of the better in the series. It’s well plotted, with the usual cast of not-to-be-forgotten characters, especially Lady Cray and old Adam Holdsworth. Alex Holdsworth is yet another of Grimes’ legion of intelligent, unorthodox children whose unusual circumstances—usually although not always involving the death of one or more parents—inspires precocious behavior, especially under stress of survival. Another welcome addition is Pete Apted, Q.C., who is not your stereotypical English detective story advocate.Naturally, the Long Piddleton crew with their eternal cabals against Count Dracula, Vivian’s long-time finance, provide most of the humor. Cyril the Cat makes another appearance with his usual aplomb even under dire circumstances.The climax is startling for a Richard Jury mystery and manages to resolve the story and yet leave it hanging in thin air as well, no mean feat. All in all, well written, page-turning and well worth reading. Highly recommended.more
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Well written! more
A typical Martha Grimes cast (Jury, Plant, Trueblood, Wiggins, Vivian, etc) but with Jury playing a key, but largely off-stage, role. A murder mystery where the murderer is allegedly found, but never caught, and sentences, but never tried.more
Intriguing mystery, with members of a household getting picked off one by one and attributed to accident or suicide, but I'm just not a fan of this series. I get awfully tired of the ubiquitous precocious children. In this one, an 11-year-old girl is working as a cook, living in the household after her mother's death instead of going to live with her aunt, so she can investigate her mother's death. Uh-huh. If you go by this series, English children pretty much run things, and all the adults are idiots or obsessed by weird things or otherwise unworldly. Except for Richard Jury, of course, who sees all, knows all, and is irresistible to all women. Like I said. I just don't like the series.more
The woman that Richard Jury is dating is found murdered and he is a suspect and suspended for awhile from the force. He gets his friend Melrose Plant to go to the her in-laws estate as an undercover librarian to help with the investigation.more
No. 11 in the Richard Jury series.Jury, in Camden Passage with Carole-anne Palutski, his beautiful (if maddening) upstairs neighbor more or less loafing around while Carole-anne shops for antique costume jewelry and other items, meets as if by accident an attractive and intriguing widow, Jane Holdsworth, also shopping in the open-air market. They go off together for a drink at a pub and then, almost as an afterthought, find themselves in Jury’s flat, where they become lovers. Within two weeks, Jury is convinced that he is in love with Jane, and intends to ask her to marry him.Meanwhile, Jane’s son Alex has been sent down from school for gambling. However, when he enters his home, to his shock he finds his mother dead, and reports his discovery to the police. Logically fearing that the Social will send him to his grandparents, whom he detests. he manages to escape from the house undetected, eludes the pursuit, and makes his way to his grandparents’ place in the Lakes District—but to see his great-grandfather, Adam Holdsworth.Jury, to his stunned disbelief, receives a call from a London police inspector notifying him of Jane’s death. Because he was the last to see Jane alive and there is a question of unnatural death, Jury becomes the prime (and only suspect) for the potential murder.Because he can’t leave London, Jury, desperate, enlists the help of Melrose Plant, asking him to pose as a somewhat down-at-the-heels librarian in order to apply for a job at Tarn House, the Holdsworth family seat. Melrose, just back from a trip to Venice with co-conspirator Marshall Trueblood in their ever-lasting quest to delay if not totally deter Vivian Rivington’s wedding to an Italian count by any means necessary, manages to tear himself away from Long Piddleton long enough to assist Jury.This installment is one of the better in the series. It’s well plotted, with the usual cast of not-to-be-forgotten characters, especially Lady Cray and old Adam Holdsworth. Alex Holdsworth is yet another of Grimes’ legion of intelligent, unorthodox children whose unusual circumstances—usually although not always involving the death of one or more parents—inspires precocious behavior, especially under stress of survival. Another welcome addition is Pete Apted, Q.C., who is not your stereotypical English detective story advocate.Naturally, the Long Piddleton crew with their eternal cabals against Count Dracula, Vivian’s long-time finance, provide most of the humor. Cyril the Cat makes another appearance with his usual aplomb even under dire circumstances.The climax is startling for a Richard Jury mystery and manages to resolve the story and yet leave it hanging in thin air as well, no mean feat. All in all, well written, page-turning and well worth reading. Highly recommended.more
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