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Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury #5)

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A white Christmas couldn't make Newcastle any less dreary for Scotland Yard's Superintendent Richard Jury--until he met a beautiful woman in a snow-covered graveyard. Sensual, warm, and a bit mysterious, she could have put some life into his sagging holiday spirit. But the next time Jury saw her, she was cold--and dead. Melrose Plant. Jury's aristocratic sidekick wasn't fa ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Onyx (first published 1984)
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Louise
It's Christmas, and Jury has 2 murders to solve with the help of Melrose Plant. Jury's love life takes a turn for the worse. A very enjoyable read.
Richard Ward
Dec 16, 2014 Richard Ward rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of PG-rated murder mysteries; Agatha Christie fans; readers who love snooker.
Very good Christmas-themed murder mystery, variously set in the English countryside, small towns, and London. With several little references to Agatha Christie scattered throughout the book, the reader can't help but draw comparisons. Mystery writer: If you're gonna challenge your readers to compare you to Dame Agatha, you better be prepared to bring the goods! American novelist Martha Grimes weaves here a whodunit that bears up well under that burden. The characters are well drawn, including so ...more
Kyrie
Reading this book, I felt like an outsider at a party. I almost, but not quite, grasped the nuances. I was a half second behind on getting the jokes.

I'm still not certain why so many people had to die or quite how it was done. I guess that's the essence of a homicidal madness? (I really should drink more coffee and ponder before writing reviews.)

Anyhow, when I'm reading this review in the future, so I know which book in the series it is, it's the one about the pool player and the kid whose baby
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Amanda Winkworth
I found this a little confusing at times, I was having trouble keeping track of all the characters. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a gripping must read.
Jaksen
I love Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series overall, and this one has my favorite beginning, which I will not reveal. I love it because it illumes Jury's character and inner personality, which we often do not see.

There are the usual cast of characters, the wonderful Melrose Plant; the finicky, fussy and frustrating Aunt Agatha; the wholly confusing Vivian, and an entire host of village people, including (of course), at least one child who's as smart or smarter than most of the adults in her circl
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Patricia
It is five days before Christmas and Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury is taking a short, much-needed vacation. On his way to the Newcastle area, he plans to spend a bit of holiday time with what little family he has remaining. Stopping in the village of Washington Old Town to stretch his legs, he spots an intriguing figure in the cemetery, jotting down information from a gravestone.

As he moves closer, Jury sees that the figure is a woman, beautiful, about his age, and physically ill. Th
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Dorothy
Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard seems to constantly be meeting beautiful women to whom he is instantly attracted, but the attraction never goes anywhere. The women never stick. That's true again in Jerusalem Inn, but at least this time the beautiful woman has a good reason for not pursuing a relationship. She's dead.

Jury meets the lovely Helen Minton in a snow-covered graveyard in the Newcastle village of Washington at Christmastime. He has taken days off to spend Christmas with his
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Dyana
This is the fifth in the series about Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard. It's another formulaic murder mystery with quirky characters and, of course, a precocious child (Chrissie) involved. It's Christmas time, and Jury is on his way to Newcastle to visit a cousin when he stops and ends up in a graveyard. There he meets a woman, Helen Minton, he is quite attracted to, and which he plans to meet later for dinner; but when he shows up she is dead. His aristocratic sidekick in these book ...more
Bev
Apr 02, 2011 Bev rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Jerusalem Inn is one of Martha Grimes' earlier Richard Jury mysteries that I somehow missed when I was on my Grimes reading jag back in the 80s. The earlier mysteries are much more my style--more typical, straight-forward detective story than some of her later work. This one involves Richard Jury and his sidekick Melrose Plant in a couple of Christmas-time murders. A chance encounter in a graveyard finds Jury meeting Helen Minton--a beautiful woman who Jury immediately takes a liking to. He is o ...more
C
Darn enjoyable read! Charming and gently witty turn of phrase throughout.. "From the music room came the cacophonous sound of a piano being disembowelled by Thomas Whittaker". Character development that is solid and engaging, without being obvious. No blunt 3 paragraphs describing a new character by this author. Instead as the plot develops and the storyline moves along, so does our empathy with the characters. At moments you are left uncertain as to whether or not the story has just taken a sha ...more
Ioana
For an American, Grimes sure does the British act brilliantly. But then again, she could be fooling me; though I'm moderately familiar with British history, I know next to nothing about relatively modern British culture. And this book is one big inside-joke/story written for those who know all about how accents from Kent are perceived in Nottingham, who understand why liking mashed peas over regular peas can lead to serious arguments, and who actually care about differentiating between lords, du ...more
Kamas Kirian
A well done and somewhat surprising thriller. Jury started out a rather wretched character, visiting his only family, a cousin, for Christmas in the north, and meeting another woeful soul in a cemetery. And while they hit it off (apparently misery loves company) she ends up dead when he goes to pick her up for Christmas dinner. Surprisingly, once he stops moping around and feeling sorry for himself, he actually seems to be in a fairly good mood. Once Melrose, Vivian and Agatha show up the pacing ...more
Kathie
Ahhh, after a disappointing 4th, Ms. Grimes is back to her usual form for #5. Really enjoyed this offering. Wry humor is on the upswing. Only thing that prevented me from thoroughly enjoying it was a lack of knowledge about snooker. Makes me want to read up on it.
Kalendra Dee
Two corpses, an English country house, and a blinding snowstorm all set during the Christmas season combine into a fast-reading mystery. Jury and his aristocratic friend, Melrose Plant, serve up witty dialogue as they join forces to solve the crimes.
Teddi
The basic story is good but it really rambles and goes off in tangents leaving me confused and wondering what I missed. There are also many characters to keep track of.
Veronica
A good read with interesting characters and a plot that unfolds slowly - but at times too slowly.
Jane Snyder
I just love Martha Grimes and all her characters, and characters they are.
Vicky
Dec 29, 2014 Vicky added it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
"Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard seems to constantly be meeting beautiful women to whom he is instantly attracted, but the attraction never goes anywhere. The women never stick. That's true again in Jerusalem Inn, but at least this time the beautiful woman has a good reason for not pursuing a relationship. She's dead.

Jury meets the lovely Helen Minton in a snow-covered graveyard in the Newcastle village of Washington at Christmastime. He has taken days off to spend Christmas with hi
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Abbey
#5 Superintendent Jury, Melrose Plant, Christmas, northern England; cosy police procedural. A fancy house has their weekend party guests snowed in; filled with folks posh and weird, things get really odd when a dead body is found in the snow and it appears to be the saint-like hostess. And a grubby pub with lots of “character” (and characters) is home to some even more odd and interesting happenings.

A very nice mix of near-classic cosy mystery bits, this is a tidy police procedural that strays
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Marlene
For light reading I really enjoy the Sarah Grimes detective series. She is quite a good writer, more notably not for the Inspector Jury stories, but for her non-detective books like Hotel Paradise. But for fun reading, Richard Jury and his gang of friends in Scotland Yard and in Lon Pid are entertaining. The stories are formulaic and the last book I read started to be a bit trying because she was almost rigid about her formula, but Jerusalem Inn was not so strictly in the pattern. It was, howeve ...more
Joyce Lagow
5th in the Richard Jury series.[return][return]On his way to Newcastle to spend Christmas with his cousin and her family, Jury meets a somewhat mysterious woman, Helen Minton, in a graveyard. Definitely attracted, he returns to Washington Old Hall the next day to find Helen dead--murdered. Unofficially, he offers his help to the Sunderland constabulary; later, he plays on Chief Superintendent Racer's weaknesses (of which there are many) and manages to get permission to enter the case officially ...more
Peter
This is the one Ed gave me in Boston, because of its "Newcastle connection". In fact none of it takes place in Newcastle (the main character is trying to get there for Christmas much of the time).
It's Grimes' fifth novel, my first of hers, and, despite what follows, I'll read more.
Since Ed is an anachronism and culture glitch sleuth, here are a few that I found: sorry, Ed, but she reads as if she thinks anything north of Hampstead Heath is "Here be Dragons" territory. Sure, some of her more eg
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Myonlycookie
I very much enjoy Martha Grimes' writing style, and I like the balance of Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. My criticisms of this book are similar to other readers; it took a long time for the mystery to get going, and there were a lot of characters to keep track of in-between. I also felt that the mystery (and book overall) was more disjoint than others I've read from her. Still, an enjoyable read and some parts were really funny (esp. with Melrose's aunt).
Brenda Funk
Haven't read any Martha Grimes for awhile, so it was fun to pick one up again and re-engage with the quirky and eccentric characters her books are so alive with -- Melrose Plant, Marshall Trueblood ("Plant had always considered Trueblood more of an event than a person"), Aunt Agatha, Vivian and of course Richard Jury of Scotland Yard. Engaging plot, lovely writing -- one of my favourite easy-read options.
Marti
Jury and Plant go to the boonies, to Jerusalem Inn about several bodies. It is the Christmas holiday and there are some interesting and eccentric people here to question. In the first part, Jury had met an interesting woman named Helen Minton, so of course she is one of the corpses. Too bad--he might have had a romantic idyll with her. This didn't seem to be up to the usual caliber of stories.
Deb
Jerusalem Inn is the fifth book in the Richard Jury series. It's Christmas, and Jury is visiting a cousin near Newcastle. He meets Helen Minton and they are attracted to each other. Then Helen is found murdered, and Jury wheedles his way into the investigation. Meanwhile Melrose Plant is attending a house party nearby, and Aunt Agatha has invited herself along. The house party is snowed in, and of course, another murder occurs. Once again, Martha Grimes creates a mystery with an interesting twis ...more
Wanda Stahl
Actually finished it yesterday. I don't think I have read Martha Grimes. What a shame. I wonder how many good reads I have missed. Deliteful detective story that takes place while on vacation. Detective on vacation meets girl in a cemetery. Walks her home and stays for tea. The next time he sees her she is dead. Local police think possible overdose but our man suspects fowl play. Enjoyable whodunnit.
Melody
Another excellent Richard Jury mystery. Richard meets a mysterious woman who dies suddenly (he has the worst luck with women). In investigating his death he meets up with Melrose Plant at an isolated pub on the Yokshire Moor, another murdered woman and dolls substituting for Jesus in the crèche lead to the solution to a very convoluted tale. Definitely a must read.
Kathy
Really fun Christmas read. Martha Grimes hits all the notes with this one as long as you are reader of the Jury series and familiar with the regular set of characters. I loved the "accident" of the group ending up in the same snow-covered Abbey over Christmas holidays and the local pub, Jerusalem Inn, was a hoot.
Mazel
Même la nuit de Noël, il n'y a pas de trêve pour les flics de bonne volonté.

Quel hasard a bien pu réunir Richard Jury, le plus aimable policier de Grande-Bretagne, et son aristocratique ami et collègue Melrose Plant, du côté de Durham, comme si le gratin de Scotland Yard s'était donné rendez-vous dans le pub mal famé d'un bled enneigé ?

Le dernier endroit où l'on aurait pu imaginer Helen Minton, la jeune assassinée, qui faisait des recherches généalogiques dans les cimetières de la région.

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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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