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The Old Fox Deceiv'd (Richard Jury #2)

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Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and his sidekick Melrose Plant converge on a northern fishing village to hunt down a wily killer.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Onyx (first published 1982)
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Suzy
Now I get it! While I enjoyed the first Richard Jury book and rated it 4 stars, I didn't quite understand why it was a favorite of my niece and her Mom, two of my mystery book buddies. I liked this for all the reasons listed in my review of the first in the series, The Man With a Load of Mischief. Those things I love in a murder mystery were amplified in this book #2 with none of the things that drove me crazy in book #1. How much did I like this book? I'm declaring this a favorite series!

Steve
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Barb
May 14, 2015 Barb rated it liked it
I loved Martha Grimes's The Man With A Load of Mischief and decided to try the second of her mysteries, The Old Fox Deceiv'd, which employs some of the same likeable characters in a similar English setting. Unfortunately, there were many, many new characters introduced so I suggest keeping a character list if your memory is poor like mine. I ran out of paper and patience after jotting down 21 bios without knowing who was to be important to the plot (turns out half my list were unimportant charac ...more
Sarah
Nov 09, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
i couldn't find a copy of this book at any of my local libraries so i ended up listening to it on tape (read by tim curry who did a FANTASTIC job and caused me to seek out other books read by him...i'm excited because he apparently did a lot of the richard jury books and his voice suits these wry brittish mysteries so well). anyway, i thoroughly enjoyed the reading, but it was abridged so i feel like i might have missed some further dialogue that would have made me enjoy the book even more. i lo ...more
Gerry
Oct 05, 2012 Gerry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'"Sounds a right muddle", said Superintendent Racer after Jury had filled him in on the Rackmoor case' features on page 194 of this book. Never a truer word was spoken and the muddle continues right through to page 308 (the end).

Rackmoor is a north Yorkshire village where a murder takes place on Twelfth Night. The party goers are all in fancy dress and it eventually turns out that the clue to the murder likes in the costumes and make-up that are worn. But it is a long and weary road to that conc
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Dorothy
Twelfth Night in the tiny Yorkshire fishing village of Rackmoor. It is a typically chilly and very foggy night with a North Sea wind blowing. The perfect night for murder.

A young woman in costume apparently on her way to a Twelfth Night party at the local manor house is brutally murdered, her body left on steps on the way to the party. She was stabbed with some sort of two-pronged instrument. The police can't find the murder weapon or very many clues to what actually happened.

Days later, when th
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Aoife
Not sure how much of it is too blame on the attrocious German translation but I didn't really connect with this book despite the engaging mystery and the interesting characters. I also was a bit confused because parts of it were quite light-hearted and others were quite dark, including most of the characters backs-tories.
Might give this series another try but not very soon.
Debbie
Apr 13, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series -I have them all and have read them more than once. In many ways it's an old fashioned type of mystery series but with such great characters and lots of humor. Now I am enjoying them via audio as I walk in the mornings. It is so much fun to be re-introduced to characters that I know will have a growing importance in the series.

This one took place is a village in Northern England that even sounded cold. There is always a child and often a dog and in this one we meet Bertie - w
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Kara
Mar 23, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another great mystery done by Martha Grimes. I enjoyed the first book more because there were so many funny, interesting, and oddball characters, however the ones which did carryover were a joy to see back. I love Martha Grimes theme of placing murders in towns with unique pubs, and I especially love Jury traveling from town to town to solve them. It not only gives each story a new fresh setting so you're never stuck in one place, but also keeps it comforting and familiar by having some ...more
Patricia
This British police procedural, the second in Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury series, is not only written in the early 1980’s, it takes place in that time frame also. Therefore, no cell phones, no computers, no Internet, and no DNA testing exist to speed things up or save the day. Our protagonist and his compatriots must solve the murder the old-fashioned way with paper and pencil, personal interviews, attentive visual observation, open-mindedness, logic and cunning.

The novel begins in a rather uniq
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Charles E.
Jul 11, 2015 Charles E. rated it it was amazing
I love the Richard Jury series. I first read these books about 20-years ago and after they became available for the Kindle I decided to reread the series (I had forgotten many of the details). They are just as fun to read now as they were then.

Each book is named after a famous English pub, where some of the action takes place, and all somehow involve a child and a cat.

This is the second of the series and I strongly suggest reading the series in order because characters from earlier books, as we
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Gail
Oct 06, 2009 Gail rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2009
Light, comical, enjoyable mystery with engaging characters, although Jury's ability to turn women into jello is a bit tiresome. Still, it's worth a read for the humor and the very engaging little boy. Grimes often has her heroes, Jury and Plant, interact with children in a delightful and highly realistic way.

One off thing: this series is set in England, but the author is an American. Once in a while, what seems to be an "Americanism" sort of interferes with the illusion; of course, as an America
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Writerlibrarian
We find Jury and Melrose looking for a murderer in a fishing village on the coast in Yorkshire. Their reunion doesn't include Agatha (which for me is a plus, I find that character very annoying) but does include an old pub and a village where the streets are very narrow and twisted. One can lost herself or himself in them. The murder mystery is interesting, we have an adorable little boy and his dog (bordering on the too cute, almost). Still, some red herrings, some smart twists. I liked it then ...more
cookiemonger
I've read a lot of mysteries this year. Way more than I would have expected. And this one... just does not stand out amongst them. I liked the way that Jury seemed to force himself to have at least one nice thought about almost everyone he spoke with--especially the older lady who was afraid to go outside. Little touches like that were great. Jury is charismatic as well, and that worked.

Bertie Makepiece and his dog Arnold were interesting, although that may have been a subplot that the book coul
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Lianne Pheno
Sep 23, 2016 Lianne Pheno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avis tiré de mon blog :

Un tome aussi sympa que le premier.
Cette fois ci nos deux protagonistes se retrouvent encore une fois par hasard mêlés à un même crime, Jury est l'enquêteur de Scotland yard dépêché pour aider les locaux et Plant est l'invité du Lord local. Une femme est assassinée dans la brume, personne n'a rien vu, rien entendu. Et en plus on n'est même pas sur de son identité car elle prétendait être l'ancienne protégée du lord qui avait disparue il y a 15 ans bien que plein de monde
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Whistlers
Sep 24, 2016 Whistlers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The eyes have it.

In American Martha Grime's England, there are a remarkable number of people with remarkable eyes. Inspector Richard Jury's aristocratic side-kick Melrose Plant has "glittering green" eyes. One of the suspects has "ice-blue" peepers and another has amber eyes. A third suspect has eyes the color of tarnished pewter. Later in the series, we'll be introduced to Jury's voluptuous neighbor Carole-Anne with her Lapis Lazuli blue eyes and novelist Polly Praed, whose purple eyes are ench
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Tammy
May 21, 2014 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a new to me author and unlike me in that I read a series book out of order. Served as a good reminder why I read books in the order they were written.

Overall, it didn't suck but it wasn't great. I may have missed humor because I didn't understand past relationships and events. There were plot holes galore that drove me nuts. Also, I read the Kindle version of the book and Amazon and Simon & Schuster should be embarrassed for the sheer number of editing problems that exist. I am not
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Julie
Dec 06, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, british
Jury is called in when a woman is murdered on the way home from a masquerade party. It's unclear if she is the intended victim, but it's also unclear exactly who the murdered woman was. She claimed to be the ward of a wealthy local man, and she certainly looked a good deal like the young girl who had run away fifteen years earlier. However, at the pub she signed in under a different name and told some of the locals she was an actress.

I enjoyed this second in the Jury series much more than the f
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Grady McCallie
Jun 30, 2014 Grady McCallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the Richard Jury series, originally published in the early 1980s. A costumed visitor to a remote fishing village is murdered while ascending steep outdoor stairs on Twelfth Night. To find the murderer, Jury, his sergeant Alfred Wiggins, and friend Melrose Plant must untangle the multiple hidden secrets and shames that explain the recent history of the community. The characters are all distinct and memorable, including a precocious 12 year old who appears to have been abandoned by his n ...more
Cath
Jun 07, 2016 Cath rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: British setting mystery fans, Agatha Christie fans
My first Martha Grimes novel. Apparently the second in the Jury series but I didn't feel lost with the characters. I really enjoyed this novel set in a North Sea village in England. It was written in the early eighties and was a contemporary novel of its time but the setting and characters could have been decades earlier. That appeals to me, a Christie fan, and I enjoyed the process Detective Chief Inspector Jury and his friend Melrose Plant go through to gather information and evidence. The col ...more
Kamas Kirian
Jun 30, 2014 Kamas Kirian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good story, but not quite as compelling as The Man with a Load of Mischief. While I surmised who the guilty party was early on, it kept me guessing as to sideline stories and how it would be wrapped up. Melrose Plant was once again stupendous. Jury gave off hints of the tragic and more melancholy figure I remember him from later books. The supporting cast came off as living rather wretched lives; not gritty like in noir novels, but rather moving from one piteous life event to another. Be ...more
Jane
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Grey853
Aug 01, 2014 Grey853 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, british
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Jazz
Second in the series, this is the third Richard Jury mystery I've read. I do like this series for its humor and quirky characters. I regret it took me so long to sample it. The book bogged down a little in the middle for me and my reading of it slowed accordingly. There also seemed to be a few too many characters to keep straight, but all in all, I enjoyed the book, especially the last 50 pages where action picked up and the mystery was resolved. Grimes' writing is amusing and the settings alway ...more
Diane
Aug 07, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
I was not sure I was going to like this book or not. I had never read anything by Martha Grimes. However, she won the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for "The Anodyne Necklace," which is the next book in this series. I figured I would give the book a try and was pleasantly surprised.

The story starts off with a murder. A young woman is dressed in a startling costume of half-black and half-black. Even her face is painted half-black and half-white (an important clue later on). The se
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Dyana
Jul 22, 2012 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury usually investigates murders in or around English pubs, hence the title of the book and the name of the pub. A reveler on Twelfth Night costumed in black and white including her face which is half white and half black is found murdered in the quaint fishing village of Rackmoor. Her name was Gemma Temple, but it turns out, she was in town impersonating the ward of a wealthy local landowner named Dillys March who went missing many years ago. Sup ...more
Natalie
Jun 19, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a thoroughly enjoyable, old-fashioned detective mystery. There was no modern technology involved, just pavement pounding, talking to people, following leads, and using powers of deduction. Once in awhile, this can be a refreshing break from authors like Kathy Reichs and the writers of shows like CSI which rely heavily on DNA, crime scene reconstruction, and fingerprint comparison. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Jury's sidekick, Melrose Plant, was just as involved in this case as he ...more
Liora
Aug 09, 2011 Liora rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, england
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury gets sent by Scotland Yard to investigate a murder in the picturesque fishing village of Rackmoor in the north. A young woman has been found murdered on the Angel Steps outside the Old Fox Deceiv'd pub wearing a jester costume for a 12th night gala. This woman had claimed to be the long missing Dillys March, heir to the wealthy, titled Colonel Crael, but the police have identified her as Gemma Temple, an orphan with a less than savory past. Melrose Plant, t ...more
Rebecca
Aug 11, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Why is an American author trying to write mystery novels about a Scotland Yard detective? The whole thing is bizarrely derivative, like bad fanfiction ("bad" because any decent fanfic writer from the U.S. who penned a mystery set in England would get a beta reader to "Britpick" it, i.e., flag and help them edit out any stray Americanisms. Martha Grimes hasn't done that -- and her press hasn't bothered to either -- so that every once in a while, you get these supposedly very English people saying ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The second in the Richard Jury series.[return][return]Always the object of Chief Superintendent Racer's malice,again out of the order of the rota, Racer sends Jury and Wiggens to Rackmoor, a fishing village on the North Sea, to assist in the investigation of the bizarre murder of a young woman who may or may not be the long-missing stepdaughter of a local baronet, Sir Titus Crael. The victim, Gemma Temple, is costumed in black-and-white, including her face, one half of which is black, the other ...more
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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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“As he followed Wood, Jury thought: one disappearance, two auto accident victims, one in a mental institution, one drowned. One murdered. Rackmoor, for all its bracing sea air, didn’t seem the healthiest place in the British Isles.” 1 likes
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