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Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury #5)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,126 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
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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This was another enjoyable stop in the Richard Jury pub-hopping series. Jury just happens to be in the north of England to spend a dreaded Christmas with his cousin. He meets Helen Minton in a cemetery five days before Christmas, falls for her, but drat! she is found dead shortly thereafter. He tells Scotland Yard that he needs to be on the case. The story surrounding Helen's murder alternates with another in which his trusty aristocratic side-kick, Melrose Plant, his Aunt Agatha, "his man" Rive ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, second-hand
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 really liked it
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
Amanda Winkworth
Feb 10, 2009 Amanda Winkworth rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 02, 2011 Bev rated it liked it
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
Jul 04, 2015 Kyrie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 19, 2014 Jaksen rated it liked it
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
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
Sep 12, 2014 Dorothy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Apr 05, 2014 Dyana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2015 Jan rated it liked it
Martha Grimes' characters are the best & worst parts of her books. In Jerusalem Inn Supt Jury & Melrose Plant must endure Plant's odious Aunt Agatha while snowed in at Christmas. Agatha is offset by the delightful snooker playing Marquis & the daughter at the Inn who must sacrifice her doll for the Nativity scene. The murders are sad, but almost beside the point.
Dec 23, 2014 C rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2015 Ioana rated it liked it
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
Aug 11, 2014 Kamas Kirian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2014 Marti rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 05, 2016 Kathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2014 Kalendra Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Sep 21, 2014 Teddi rated it liked it
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.
Feb 14, 2014 Veronica rated it liked it
A good read with interesting characters and a plot that unfolds slowly - but at times too slowly.
May 06, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Ok - this wasn't as good as the other 4 - if I could I would give it 3.5 stars. Too much drawing room inactivity and the characters were kind of boring. Although I laughed out-loud when Plant skies into the pub and see Jury-and when Jury looks up and sees Plant ski into the pub. It's lots of fun to listen to these novels - I am a fast reader and having them read to me 'slows' them down so I can savor moments like that.

Another thing I found boring was all the Snooker commentary - it's Greek to me
Jane Snyder
Jun 25, 2015 Jane Snyder rated it really liked it
I just love Martha Grimes and all her characters, and characters they are.
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Oct 05, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Workingman’s place. Scruffy. Fights and lock-ins. Jerusalem Inn, it’s called.”

It is at Christmastime and Richard Jury, as usual,is alone. He's one of those people who could be alone in the middle of a crowd. Things cheer up for him, though, when he meets the attractive Helen Minton in a graveyard. They immediately hit it off. When they part, Jury has an uneasy feeling.

"That was when he first thought it: that a meeting in a graveyard was not the best way to begin an attachment. The sparrow flut
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
#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
Sep 03, 2010 Marlene rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jul 10, 2007 Peter rated it liked it
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
Jan 06, 2015 Myonlycookie rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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).
Donna Mcnab
Sep 08, 2015 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it
Superintendent Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard, while on Christmas vacation, which he is to spend with a cousin of whom he isn't particularly fond, happens to meet a young woman in a cemetery who he somehow feels very drawn to. When he returns to see her on a prearranged date, he finds the local police force instead of just his new friend, who has been found dead. This Jury book is, as usual, intriguing and entertaining.
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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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