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Inspektor Jury kommt auf den Hund (Richard Jury #20)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,320 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 30th 2007 by Goldmann (first published February 21st 2006)
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C3wach The only thing I can think of is that he resisted smoking, so he wasn't feeling beaten and giving up.

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The only thing I can think of is that he resisted smoking, so he wasn't feeling beaten and giving up.

This ending is really annoying. The bad guy gets away. However, it's better than having a bunch of beloved innocents being killed as in the last one I had.(less)
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Kimberly Allen
Feb 07, 2013 Kimberly Allen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I used to love Martha Grimes books, with Richard Jury. But in recent years I've found them so stupid and frivolous, with very little mystery involved and all the residents of Long Piddleton thrown in supposedly for comic relief, when truthfully they are just tiresome. But this one was the worst of all. There were chapters in the voice of the DOG. And they didn't even resolve the stupid mystery.

Not again!
Jun 09, 2009 Sandie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quantum Mechanics, space time continuum, the superstring theory and character conversations involving Godel’s incompleteness theorem , parallel universes and Niels Bohr’s theory of complementarity------all seem to figure in several modern day mysteries. Each has been explored and explained in novels such as British author Robert Goddard’s Out of the Sun and The Oxford Murders by Argentine author Guillermo Martinez. Now, American author Margaret Grimes weighs in with The Old Wine Shades, a book t ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the most unsatisfying mystery I've ever read.
May 24, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Seriously...what is with all the quantum mechanics showing up in stories lately? Is there a sudden interest in space-time continuum theory that I’ve missed the boat on? Every time it comes up in a story, I have to have the rudimentary principles explained to me....AGAIN. Trust me....I get it by now. The only author who has successfully used quantum mechanics in their plot without completely overwhelming the story is Dean Koontz in From the Corner of His Eye. Martha Grimes...not so much. I would ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one but the most devoted Richard Jury fan
Shelves: fiction
Rather disappointing. I've come to expect better from Ms. Grimes. I couldn't help thinking this effort must have been contractually required. A rather elaborate "the dog came back" story forms the basis of the mystery, but the mystery was neither funny, nor particularly engaging. Completely lacking in any kind of resolution, CID Jury seems to have been outsmarted. We never find out the "how" or the "why" of an elaborate setup for a murder and the murderer appears to have gotten away with it. Sor ...more
Monica Willyard
The author writes well, with the ability to evoke characters and descriptions of scenery that draw the reader into the story. So why don't I like this book? There are three reasons.

First, many of the characters, even some of the principle characters don't seem very likable to me. That may be because I was given this book as a gift, and I haven't read most of the prior books. Jury's friends seem so stilted. A great deal of their behavior and dialog makes little sense to me on a personal level.

Roger W.
Jul 31, 2008 Roger W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you read mysteries as I do occasionally? My wife loves them and I pick one of hers up now and again. There are two authors I especially enjoy in this genre, Elizabeth George and she of this book, Martha Grimes.

Ms George seems to have a very keen knowledge of London; her descriptions take one right into the place. I think you could follow along on a map. Then too her characters are quite compelling - you definitely want to know what's going to happen with these people in the next book.

But thi
Sep 05, 2009 Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
This book was a great disappointment. It starts off slowly, which is okay, because you are introduced to the setting and the characters. As the book progresses, it becomes quite interesting and you start to form an idea of what is going on. Well before the end of the book, you know who the culprit is, as do the characters in the novel. This turns the book into a tale of proving that the culprit did the deed. All the way up to the very end of the book you are waiting to discover how the villain s ...more
Feb 18, 2008 sage rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery, fiction
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Mar 17, 2016 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man walks into a pub and starts telling a story to a stranger. The stranger is Superintendent Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard and the storyteller allegedly has no idea who he is. Over the next three nights, he returns to the bar to meet with Jury and continue telling him his baffling story.

The story concerns a woman who has disappeared, along with her nine-year-old son and their dog. The man claims the woman is (was?) the wife of a friend of his, a physicist who is now in a psychiatric hospi
Faith Weldon
Jun 11, 2015 Faith Weldon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The book was so disjointed--with elements of physics, autistic children, ex-pat Brits living in Italy, impersonation, an improbable affair, mental institutions and a slightly "off" wealthy English wannabe pulling strings. I was so relieved when I came to the end BUT the evil perp was never brought to justice. Ouch.
Jun 16, 2015 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I will not spend time on an extensive review, because other reviewers have highlighted the problems. I was quite disappointed with this book, and am sorry I wasted my time reading it. The ending was indeed dissatisfying, as was all the irrelevant talk about quantum physics.
Jane Snyder
Jun 07, 2012 Jane Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really liked this book and I'm not into mysteries. It was different, with smart references, like scientific theories and dream analysis. Also, cute humor, e.g. a dog and kitten hilariously entwined. The dog, Mungo, plays a leading role, and is quite the canine hero. The kitten, Elf, doesn't appear until the latter part of the book but is well worth the wait for some adorable levity. But the story is really quite interesting in that you can learn a lot if you research the different theories; t
Jun 04, 2013 Mario rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What is this I don't even

I'm not one to propagate memes, but that is the only phrase that comes close to expressing my views on this book. I have never read a Grimes novel before, so perhaps starting at #20 in a series was a bad idea, but this was strange. The mystery was bizarre, but in a good way, at least until the end. About halfway through you start to hear the thoughts of a dog, which I did not see coming. And then there's the ending...

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Feb 17, 2014 Bskinner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite genre is the cozy, with the British cozy at the top of that favored list. I read all the Agathas as a teenager and have re-read them over the years and that is the standard by which I measure cozies. This book educated me that I have a strong opinion that the villain be identified and exposed as the villain. What would Hercule Poirot be without a denouement? This novel was my first Grimes and will probably be my last. The writing was good. The characters and setting were interesting ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Lbaker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-male
Richard Jury and Melrose Plant are two of my favourite fictional characters, and I look forward to a new book with them with eagerness.

This book began in an interesting manner - a story told by a stranger about a woman, her son and their dog disappearing and "the dog came back". It was a great hook, but as the book continued it became more and more convoluted with little ever solved, and the ending was very disappointing - does no one care about the murdered woman? Why did this man orchestrate
Dec 13, 2010 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
This was my first Martha Grimes and I loved it.
I hope a future book tells me what happened to the characters.

I LOVED Mungo and I think my Jasper has that tanacity. Jasper has a cat named Ghost to terrorize and vice versa.
Ghost leads Jasper around the house with the hopes of the licks and cuddles they share once in awhile.

I adore the idea of a rogue cop who uses it wisely. He can't do much to help if he were to be fired from his position.

Now I MUST go to book one and start this series to learn a
Jan 21, 2015 Jocelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm just about done listening to this book in my car. I had given up reading Richard Jury mystery novels but don't mind listening to one. I really liked the first one but then it was all downhill from there. Martha Grimes definitely has a formula. It involves quirky characters, a bizarre premise, locations in a pub, some kind of pet, one or two precocious young orphans in distress, and somewhere in the middle of the book Jury thinks, I'm missing something! After a few books, the characters began ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Ok this picks up IMMEDIATELY after the Winds of Change. Jury is on a sort of suspension from his actions in the previous book and ends up involved in a complicated plot by a very clever sociopath. This doesn't end with the bad guy caught - although we all know who the bad guy is and what he did...
This one has a very different feel than all the others because of the way the crime is 'told' and who the bad guy is...

The Long Pid group is in fine form as they try to help Jury figure out the puzzle a
Apr 13, 2016 Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I asked myself several times during the reading of this book whether I liked it or not. It's one of Martha Grimes' oddest entries in her series of mysteries starring Detective Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard. It features the usual array of congenial characters from earlier Jury novels: his wealthy almost-sidekick, Melrose Plant, a/k/a Lord Ardry; his Judy-Holliday-esque neighbor, Carole Ann; and his long-suffering aide Sergeant Wiggins, still devoted to his "health-promoting roots a ...more
S. Lynham
I love the stories that Martha Grimes writes about Richard Jury and his band of friends but it is sometimes frustrating when you are reading a later book in the series without having read all of the previous books. I have read several of her books but this one was that much further along that I felt somewhat lost. Jury seems to attract quite a loyal following: the gang from Long Piddleton, Benny and his dog Sparky, Carole-Ann etc. that he employs often to assist him in solving the mysteries. In ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Truly enjoying revisiting this series, even though this is a "new" book to me and not one I read before. Scotland Yard detective, Richard Jury just takes advantage of and really, abuses his friend, former "peer" Melrose Plant. Plant inherited his peerage from his father, but gave his titles up (but not his inherited wealth - he may act like a dilettante, but he's not dumb; by no stretch of the imagination). However, to help his friend, Jury, out, he often trots it the titles out again, when they ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is my favorite Martha Grimes novel, but not for the usual reasons. This is a recursive, self-referential novel that attempts to do in its written structure the very things it talks about in the story -- complexity theory, recursion, uncertainty. You can read it linearly, but you can't think about it linearly or you won't enjoy it. Hugely ambitious, not totally satisfying emotionally, but awesome all the same.
May 31, 2010 Sharonm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is about as good as a mystery gets. A very well constructed and complicated plot, laugh-out-loud funny at times, a great dog, a flawed protagonist, some philosophy. Richard Jury is in a bar when a man comes in and tells him a story about a disappearance, setting him off on an investigation both cerebral and material. I’ll definitely read others from this series. Book on CD.
Mary Pat
Feb 02, 2009 Mary Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Martha Grimes is one of my favorite escapist writers, always good for a cold winter night. I love the familiar characters, the comic and serious mix that Grimes creates. I've read 'em all, and I admit this one's twists really threw me -- like Jury, I fell for the whole thing.
Terry Bourbon
Although I've read one or two of these Richard Jury novels before, I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. The story opens with Jury on a suspension of sorts from New Scotland Yard, and he walks into a pub. He meets a man there who starts him on a story, "A man walks into a pub..." I was ok with this, but the beginning two thirds went slowly and a bit plodding. After forays into quantum mechanics, super string theory, physics. Well, I was losing interest fast. The Winterhaus, empty but with ...more
Michael O'Leary
Jun 18, 2014 Michael O'Leary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Martha Grimes mystery I've read, and it was most enjoyable; it was several stories within one. The main character, Scotland Yard Inspector, Richard Jury is a very believable protagonist as well as his friends, and the antagonist Harry Johnson. The writing is crisp and the plot advances in edge of your seat page turner. Many reviewers didn’t appreciate the ending, that Jury knows who committed the murder, but can’t prove it, so we are left with the crime being solved, but a mur ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thia was a very different kind of was a story within a story, within a story and the murder did not occur until the story had been told. (There was no end to the story as there had been no body until the body was found near the end) The murderer isn't caught, although everyone knows who he is and the books ends with him walking off into the night, knowing that he has gotten away with murder and kidnapping. The villain is this book is really scary because he's portrayed as so charmin ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! What a good book.I expected to read it as a fluffy mystery (which it is) but it also comments on the idea of story as important to life and about stringtheory and Shroedinger's cat. So it goes a bit beyond your average British mystery.

Here are a few quotes about story:

"We always dream a story" referring to the fact that our brain makes up a story for the random images are mind flings are way when asleep. As bizarre as they are they are all incorporated into a tale.

"You dream in symbols, ye
May 27, 2013 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Martha Grimes' mysteries up to a point. I get tired of hearing about the same large group of people who live in the same little village, along with all of their quirks (her regular cast of characters). It's just too much and too cute. I like it when Richard Jury does most of the work, with a little help from friend Melrose Plant. I don't like "cozy" mysteries, and these often get into that category.

This one does involve a number of villagers peripherally. Not a whole lot, fortunately. Mo
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Martha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.

She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W., a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montg
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