The Man With a Load of Mischief (Richard Jury #1)
Two pubs in Long Piddleton are the sights of two murders. Scotland Yard's Richard Jury gets some help from Long Piddleton's own Melrose Plant to root out evil in the heart of the village.
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I find that while Grimes continues writing for this series and pumps out a book a year, the cast of characters is still just damned entertaining. Grimes is good at capturing the same wit that I see in British comedy even though she's an American.
However, and this is a big caveat, don't look for realism here. A ...more
And, the author makes more than the identity of the murderer a mystery.
First, she giv ...more
This the first book in the series. Jury is with Scotland Yard. He gets called into a small village after two murders have been committed. Jury makes friends with Melrose Plant, who is a big help in the investigation. I presume Plant will work with Jury again someday.
Grimes sets up a great, keeps you guessing, who done it. The author has a great sense of humor as well. I loved the ...more
This was Grimes's first in the Jury series and she went on from strength to strength which, given how much time she must have spent in the pubs for which each book is named, is almost miraculous! In as sense, Grimes mysteries are character studies, and what a cast of regular characters she creates, from thoughtful and handsome Inspector Richard Jury and his hypoc ...more
This has been recommended to me at various times over the years, but, for some reason, I just never got into it. Maybe because I was busy reading several other series. But time to break new ground and meet some new charact ...more
There was no way of knowing what year this book was taking place and I found that very annoying. Obviously it was pre-cell phone and because somebody asked ...more
of her early books. This one was written about 1981. They are all murder mysteries set in
England and usually in small villages. This book introduces New Scotland Yard's Inspector
Richard Jury. Jury is sent to the village of Long Piddleton at Christmas time to solve some
murders. One, a William Small was found dead with his head in a barrel of ale. Another man
named Ainsley was propped up in place of a wooden fi ...more
British humor, but very clever and easy to get the subtleties. I'm planning on reading more of her books.
There is insta-love ...more
This is the first in the series of Richard Jury mysteries. We are introduced to all the main characters that will reappear in the further books - Melrose Plant, his aristocratic sidekick; Wiggins, his hypochondriacal sergeant; Marshall Trueblood, the gay antiques deale ...more
Martha Grimes – 1st of series
An Onyx Book, 2003 (Reprint from 1981) - Paperback
It’s Christmas time in Long Pittleton. When the second of two murders occurs with the bodies found in two separate pubs, one with his head stuck in a beer keg and the other draped over the pub sign beam, Det. Chief Inspector Richard Jury is sent to investigate.
*** Talk about a full cast of characters, that word being truly appropriate, including two sma ...more
The story is told from a 3rd person view, with one of the main characters, Inspector Richard Jury filling that role. When two mysterious murders occur in the same day, both in pubs, Inspector Jury is called out to the scene. While he is investigating, three more murders take place, all connected, somehow ...more
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 ...more