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The Lamorna Wink (Richard Jury #16)

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Fans of Martha Grimes will know that the Lamorna Wink must be a British pub, and one to which Superintendent Richard Jury or his aristocratic sidekick Melrose Plant can be counted on to repair in the process of solving a mystery or two. This time, with Jury off in Ireland, Plant takes the starring role. His vacation in picturesque Bletchley on the Cornwall coast is very ne ...more
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Athena
May 24, 2016 Athena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fails, mysteries
The 16th in the Richard Jury series shouldn’t be approached without having read at least 10 of the preceding books as it's mostly characters at this point and there's a lot of unseen personae who get name-dropped, apparently just to acknowledge their existence in previous books. I'd gotten bored by the series a few books ago: the constant emotional passivity, inability of any main characters to find happiness, and the slight and sometimes screamingly overt depressive states of almost everyone ex ...more
Jaksen
Aug 24, 2016 Jaksen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a little tired of the Richard Jury series; several of the books seemed to end so strangely, that I found I was saying to myself WHAT? Who did WHAT? Who was HE? And I read carefully, too. So I gave up on the series until I picked up this book and read the inside description.

Old house. Weird old house. On a cliff. Abandoned by its owners, well sort of. Being let out to rent, yet still filled with the owners' belongings, and the renter? Melrose Plant, the aristocrat who gave up his title, and
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Suzanne
Jan 03, 2012 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Terra
Jun 28, 2013 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I savor this series, and are reading it in order. This is no. 16 and my favorite thus far because Melrose Plant has his biggest role yet, being in most every scene. What a charmer Plant is, very humble, gave up his title of Lord Ardry, suffers his pushy aunt's demands and yes helps solve murders.
There are many odd murders and disappearances and the tragic death of two children, which Plant investigates while he attempts to escape his aunt by renting a stately home in Cornwall. Th
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Dorothy
This sixteenth entry in the "Richard Jury Mysteries" is actually a Melrose Plant mystery. Richard Jury only makes a brief appearance in the story at the end of the book during the wrapping up phase.

The hook of the story is that Jury is in Ireland on Scotland Yard business and his friend Melrose, bored with his existence in Northumberland and hoping to get away from Aunt Agatha, decides to rent a house for three months in Cornwall. Of course, there is no easy escape from Agatha and soon she is en
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Tess Mertens-Johnson
Richard Jury is in Ireland, so his partner Plant is in charge. During his vacation in Bletchley on the Cornwall coast is very nearly ruined by the coincidental appearance of his dreaded Aunt Agatha. At the same time he hears of Johnny Wells, whose favorite aunt has disappeared suddenly without trace. During all of this mystery, he still rents a house owned by an American millionaire whose two grandchildren died tragically on the beach a few years before. Within a day or so, a new dead body is fo ...more
Erika
May 09, 2016 Erika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kept reading the series because I like the characters, but the writer's obsession with killing children gets weirder all the time. And in this case, her most exploitative and perverse use of dead kids, I started thinking 1) she's mentally ill and 2) I better stop reading her. I've never had to skip so many paragraphs and pages, due to her pandering to the lowest of low human nature - which I doubt exists at the degree the police characters would have us believe. Ms. Grimes throws in young chil ...more
Karen Hufman
Jul 05, 2014 Karen Hufman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! Melrose is off to Cornwall for a few months where he is drawn to a house that seems to call to him. While in the area he meets an interesting young man whose aunt goes missing, couple that with a woman who's soon found murdered and a heartbreaking mystery associated with the house and she have the backbone of the book. The characters are fun and likable - the author is great at writing her mysteries with a British flair for telling the story. I was sure she had originated ...more
Dawn Marie
I wanted to give this book a four star rating because it probably is Martha Grimes best book in the Richard Jury series so far. Not only does her excellently fleshed out circle of characters really shine here, there is suspense! Up to this point, suspense, didn't seem to have a whole lot to do with the stories. This one has it in spades! I had the "stay up all night" urge with this book and that simply hasn't happened before. Unfortunately I just can't give it a higher rating because of how poor ...more
Donna Mcnab
Jan 31, 2016 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melrose Plant rents a house in Cornwall because he decides that he needs a change of scenery. There is a mystery surrounding the house where, four years previously, two small children drowned under strange circumstances. There are some good characters in the small Cornwall town that make the book interesting, as well as the several mysteries involved. Richard Jury doesn't make an appearance in the book until almost the end as he is on another case in Northern Ireland. It was interesting to hear ...more
George
Mar 12, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#16 in the Chief Inspector Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard CID mysteries. This is more a Melrose Plant and Division Commander Macalvie of the Cornwall police mystery since Jury doesn't appear until around 2/3's of the way through.

Plant decides to vacation in Cornwall and takes a cottage for 3 months. He soon find himself in the middle of mysteries as the house he leases belongs to a family whose 2 children mysteriously drown 4 years ago. Shortly after settling in, a woman is found murdered and
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Debbie
Jun 22, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
so this had almost no Jury- it was all Plant and then he call Macalvie for help (Wiggins also comes in to assist Macalvie.) This one is much darker -the discovery that one of the crimes was actually the making of a snuff film...
I actually shed a tear for Johnny - I was sad for him.
one complaint - there was such a odd and unwelcome juxtipostion of a next to end chapter dealing with the nonsense of Viv's marriage. The nonsense is funny at times but was completely out of place and almost annoying
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Mazel
Aug 08, 2009 Mazel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policier
Dans sa propriété de Long Piddleton, Melrose Plant a le blues. Son ami, le commissaire Richard Jury, est en Irlande, et sa tante Augusta, qui donne en permanence son avis sur tout, lui tape sur les nerfs.

Pour se distraire, il loue en Cornouailles le manoir de Seabourne. Cette bâtisse, qui surplombe la mer, est restée inhabitée depuis que les petits-enfants du propriétaire s'y sont noyés.

En fait de distraction, Melrose est confronté à la disparition de Chris, propriétaire du salon de thé du vil
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Johnny
Mar 01, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This Martha Grimes mystery is supposed to be another in her Richard Jury series. It is and it isn’t. It’s actually more Richard Jury Absconditus rather than Richard Jury investigates. Jury seems to be following up the Armagh (Northern Ireland) case alluded to in The Stargazey and doesn’t make an actual appearance (though his name is mentioned and his presence is invoked many times) until about 2/3 through the book. This absence doesn’t make it a bad book, mind you. Rather, it allows readers to b ...more
Paula Marlene
Ein RIESENGROßES FETTES LOB an die Übersetzerin

Charmant. Das ist immer wieder das Wort was sich bei mir in den Vordergrund stellt wenn ich einen Grimes in der Hand halte. Der kriminelle Aspekt ist es natürlich nicht (sogar das absolute Gegenteil in diesem Fall) aber das gesamte drum herum ist einfach schön verpackt. Charmant eben.
Diesmal fängt die Geschichte nicht mit Jury an sondern mit Melrose, der mehr oder weniger erfolgreich vor Agatha flüchtet.
Und zwar bis nach Cornwall. Dort mietet er sic
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Ann
Feb 25, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I remember that I lost my initial infatuation with Martha Grimes and her Richard Jury mysteries at some point years ago and then picked one up later and once again was pleased. Recently the library was getting rid of The Lamorna Wink so I thought it was time to see what was going on with Jury and his friends.

Surprisingly it is aristocratic Melrose Plant who has traveled to the Cornwell coast while Superintendent Jury is away. His delight in meeting the people in the area draws the reader in. Mag
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Lanny Carlson
Nov 16, 2011 Lanny Carlson rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
(Note:
It's a minor spoiler,
but if you plan to read the book,
might want to skip my last paragraph)

I've always had a love-hate relationship with Martha Grimes.
I love the Richard Jury series, and I have all of them.
But, unlike the Women's Murder Club books or Stephanie Plum books,
which I can read in a couple of days,
Martha Grimes' books are, for me at least, much slower reads.
That's why I'm six books behind!
Part of it is the style -
though American, her books read more like older British novels,
an
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Alexander Inglis
Since 1981. American author Martha Grimes has written a successful series of detective novels which feature Scotland Yard Inspector Richard Jury and his friendship with aristocrat Melrose Plant (aka Lord Ardy). Her third novel won her a Nero Wolfe Award; she's recently completed the 22nd book in the series, The Black Cat, in 2010. In The Lamorna Wink, the 16th Jury novel published in 1999, it is Melrose Plant who is the star. In fact, Jury does not turn up till the third act leaving his "Watson" ...more
Kate Coombs
May 03, 2008 Kate Coombs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I randomly selected one of Martha Grimes's books to review. You'll understand what I mean when I tell you that I discovered her Richard Jury books two months ago and read all 20 or so of them. (I realize I'm behind the times, as Grimes was very popular in the 80s and 90s.) I find Martha Grimes both admirable and frustrating because she resists neat or even, in some cases, clear endings. So she'll have the murderer get caught, but one of the friendly innocents associated with the case will ...more
Sandra Strange
This series contains really good British mysteries, and features a host of repeating characters, Jury, a Scotland Yard chief inspector (so goes all over England and other places when asked), along with his rich aristocratic friend Melrose Plant, with the people (many eccentric, many real characters) surrounding both--Plant in his Northamptonshire estate and the small towns surrounding him, and Jury at his London apartment and with all the helpers and local police officials that surround him, whe ...more
Miss Lemon
Jun 03, 2016 Miss Lemon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Richard Jury and Melrose Plant mystery. This one is a nice change...Melrose is the main character until Jury arrives in the last 4-5 chapters. Plot that isn't simple, characters that aren't either. So good reading at bed time. And the best part in my estimation is the on-going struggle of the Long Piddington crew of freinds who just can't stay out of each others lives. Fun-nee.
Writerlibrarian
A solid, four stars Jury novel with very little Jury, my favourite guest detective Brian Macalvie which I've cast Damian Lewis in. Really. I would love to see him play Macalvie. Melrose Plant was good in this one. Really good. The plot is interesting, the characters are just this side of quirky but not in an annoying way. Very little Agatha or of the pub gang. An excellent Jury even if Jury wasn't that much in it.
Natalie
May 15, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Lisa
Jul 19, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change of pace

Taking the focus off your titular character is a risk in a successful series, but Martha Grimes manages this technique to great success in the sixteenth entry in her Richard Jury series. Spending the majority of the story in the company of sidekick Melrose, we are offered a new perspective in the usual detecting.
Jennifer
Jun 17, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2015
I got this free at a library sale, and read it at the beach. So far it is my favorite of the Richard Jury series (but I skipped several to read this one - since it was free!) It might help if you had some background on the sleuths/investigators though... a lot of the enjoyment I found in it came from learning some more "backstory" on a couple of them. The actual crime (involving 2 children) was rather disturbing... but I think I was so focused on the characters that it didn't bother me like it m ...more
Tomi
Sep 12, 2014 Tomi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I had walked into the middle of a play written by Godot...totally confusing! I suppose if I had started with the first of Grimes' books and read them in order, I would have at least understood a little better...but since I didn't like any of th characters, I still wouldn't have liked the book.
Linda
Jul 18, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british
I probably would have given this book at least 4 stars if it had not taken over 200 pages to get really interesting. I liked the characters and the storyline was good but it moved so slow. Martha Grimes main character and problem solver, Richard Jury did not even show up to solve this murder mystery until over halfway through the book.

Jury's friend Melrose has decided to rent a mansion near the sea in Cornwall to get away from his aunt. In doing so he discovers the history of deaths at or near t
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Georgene
Jun 20, 2015 Georgene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another wonderful find: a Martha Grimes mystery! Melrose Plant has a larger part in this than Richard Jury, who is away in Ireland for most of the story. But Melrose is up to helping solve the several murders that occur with the help of CI Brian Macalvie down in Cornwall.
Laura
May 28, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one barely has Richard Jury in it, with Melrose Plant at the forefront. As always, impressed with the tongue in cheek humor and get absolutely sucked into the story. Looking for my next one in this series!
Kt Thames
Mar 27, 2013 Kt Thames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
To date this is one of my favorite books in this series. The book mostly focuses on Richard Jury's co-star, Melrose Plant, your quintessential country gentleman/amateur sleuth. One of Grimes' talents as an author is the ability to balance humor and tragedy. The mystery in part deals with the drowning deaths of two young children in Cornwall. When the reader discovers the truth behind their deaths it is absolutely devastating. Yet Grimes realizes that she can't simply end the book there and she d ...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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“An idyllic childhood is probably illusion.” 18 likes
“Melrose sipped his tea and ate his bun in perfect peace. How wonderful! Solitude even at Ardry End was hard to come by. Perhaps he was fit for the life of a hermit. Give up all of his worldly possessions and go live in a hut on a shelf of rock and watch the sunrise every morning. Up before the sun! What a dreadful idea; he shuddered.” 0 likes
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