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The Lamorna Wink (Richard Jury #16)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,482 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Viking Adult (first published 1999)
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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
Aug 20, 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
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
Jan 03, 2012 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael O'Leary
Mar 23, 2017 Michael O'Leary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great mystery read by Martha Grimes featuring Richard Jury. It is a traditional British mystery, with lots of descriptive passages about scenery, and characters as well as a wealth of literary references. I truly enjoy her writing, here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about the book:

From Publishers Weekly
"In her 16th Richard Jury mystery, Grimes delays the great man's appearance until late in the game, but the novel is nonetheless as consuming as its 15 predecessors (most re
May 14, 2017 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Presumably a Richard Jury mystery, but he has been sent to Northern Ireland on a case, and Melrose Plant is the main character here. I found Plant more likable and more serious than in previous books, and being out of the village of Long Piddleton helps, too. The eccentric villagers, especially Plant's Aunt Agatha, don't really appeal to me. That said, it's good to finally find British mysteries catching up to the times, with cell phones and videotaped porno films figuring in to the story. 8-)
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
Jan 10, 2017 Sherry rated it liked it
16th Richard Jury novel is set in Cornwall, not fat from Mouehole where Melrose Plant has leased a clifftop Seabourne
House for three months, the former home of American fast food Chick'n'king billionaire, Morris Bletchley, who now lives in village's luxurious nursing/hospice Bletchley Hall. Death's four years apart seem to haunt and connect an unmarried, pregnant daughter of a village tea room owner, the drowning deaths of Bletchley's young grandson and daughter and now the murder of a former lo
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
Lanny Carlson
Nov 11, 2011 Lanny Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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,
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
Feb 21, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Apr 29, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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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
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
Jul 02, 2013 Stobby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman goes missing. A woman is found dead. Two children drown under mysterious circumstances. Are they connected or is it coincidence?

Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury mystery series always manages to disconnect me from the dreariness of long road trips. It’s the rousing questions, the well-crafted scenes and the amusing characters whose camaraderie I have come to envy. My only wish is that the female characters were as admirable as the men.

The Lamorna Wink starts with a simply quandary that ends w
May 14, 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
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
First of all, how can you write a Richard Jury mystery without Richard Jury? Okay, he finally showed up about 3/4 of the way through, but seriously, if I had one more character wishing he was there I was going to scream. I just didn't see the point to his being gone.

Overall I did like the book, but it definitely wasn't one of my favorites in the series. Johnny was a great character, and you felt such sympathy for him over Chris's departure. But why bring Chris back for a happy reunion with Johnn
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
Sep 07, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2017 Margaret rated it it was amazing
For a detailed summary, read the review under this title with this cover. Possibly one of her best to date.
At last, book 16, we get a look at why Melrose Plant, Jury's "sidekick" but here playing the starring role, gave up his earldom and other titles, and at last, in 1999, someone has a cell phone.
The owner of the cell phone, one with a pull-out antenna, is quite wealthy, so cops are still bicycling to the scenes of crimes and probably looking for public phones to stay in touch.

Lots of read-a
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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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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“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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