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Rainbow's End (Richard Jury #13)

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From the bestselling author of "The Old Contemptibles" -- the latest Inspector Richard Jury mystery.
An intriguing web of murder and mayhem.
A woman's body is discovered amidst the ancient Roman ruins of Old Sarum -- the apparent victim of an accidental fall. In the Tate Gallery in London, an elderly woman keels over -- from a supposed heart attack -- while studying a pain
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1995)
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Dorothy
I've recently been somewhat disappointed by the books that I've read in this series - a series that I have, on the whole, found very enjoyable. So, it makes me happy to report that I found Rainbow's End to be quite entertaining. Perhaps the summer heat has addled my brain, but I liked it very much.

This book is the thirteenth in the long (and continuing) Inspector Jury series. As in the last book, The Horse You Came In On, we find Jury being persuaded to take a trip to the United States to follow
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Annabelle
Apr 28, 2009 Annabelle rated it it was ok
It is difficult to keep reading Grimes’ book with detective Jury and rich dilettante Plant, hanging out with his martini friends, talking drivel and pretension. But for some reason they are captivating, and you slog through their meaningless trips and conversations. It is amazing that these two grown men who are extremely attractive are attracted to women for years, and they never get it on. But Plant’s aunt is funny as well as Lady Kennington, and the commentary on social manners is witty, and ...more
Barb
Jul 07, 2015 Barb rated it it was ok
I love Martha Grimes's writing; love the quirky characters, but this plot was strangely dissatisfying. Many, many loose ends dragging around in the dust at the end.
Jason
Jan 04, 2010 Jason rated it did not like it
Holy Mother of God-this was disastrous! It crawled at a snail's pace and didn't go anywhere. I couldn't wait to finish it-hoping against hope that something interesting would occur in the end-nope! I suppose all authors have one or two clunkers in their series and this would be Ms. Grimes' clunker!
Laura
Apr 24, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it
OK. So I did not actually finish this but I got more than 3/4 of the way through before I threw in the towel so, to me, that counts. I do love Martha Grimes but I have noticed that the later books in the Richard Jury series tend to get a little... abstract. There's still a mystery but it mostly seems to be an excuse for a fair amount of navel-gazing by the characters, Jury himself, and Melrose Plant. Some of this is entertaining. (I loved the stuff with both characters and a woman named Bea, a s ...more
Amy
Sep 13, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it
This book took me a month to read since I couldn't motivate myself to pick it up and finish it. Maybe because it is a British author, but I really just didn't get it. Too many characters and too many random side stories.
Margaret
Apr 01, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
Grimes is such a wordsmith. I love her descriptions, which stick in your mind without feeling she has stretched to be colorful. And the way she weaves the intertwined strands of her plot, often with sly amusement.
Here my enjoyment was heightened by several references to Tey's "The Daughter of Time," which I recently read and reviewed here. In it, Our Hero solves the long-ago "crime" of Richard III of England, inspiring Grimes' Wiggins to try to solve a mystery from his hospital bed. The mystery
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Debbie
Jun 19, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
this picks up right after the hot mess of Jury and Plant in Baltimore. Lady Grey's friend, Fanny, is murdered along with two other women who seem to only have a connection in that they were all in Santa Fe - Jury hops right over to work with the police to figure out the connection between the three women. I liked this better than I remembered...also going on...Jenny is in trouble and Jury asks Melrose to find her since he needs to be in Santa Fe.

I am finding Melrose and Jury's love lives to be
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Tamara
Jul 10, 2013 Tamara added it
Shelves: own
I had read a book by Martha Grimes several years ago and I loved it. It was called the Jerusalem Inn and after I read it I went out and bought several of Martha Grimes books. I have a huge reading list so it has taken me awhile to get to one of her books but when I did I was very excited to read it. Sadly, I was hugely disappointed with the Rainbow's End. For me it was as if the author I read that wrote Jerusalem Inn was a completely different person. Most of the time when I start reading a book ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Number 13 in the Richard Jury series.[return][return]The ineffable District Commander Brain Macalvie once again pops into Richard Jury s life with his usual disruptive effect, insisting that Jury assist him in solving what seem to be two totally unrelated murder cases whose only potential connection might be visits to New Mexico. Oddly enough, the death of Lady Cray s close friend, judged to be of natural causes, also could be related in some way, since she, too, has connections to a trip to New ...more
Sandra Strange
Apr 11, 2013 Sandra Strange rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I've read the Richard Jury novels up to this one when they were first published. 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 apa ...more
Krista
Feb 23, 2015 Krista rated it it was ok
Disappointed. Although it has been many years since I last read a Richard Jury mystery, I figured that I would get right back into the "swing" of the stories. I found that it was very difficult to recall events and people from the really early novels...so that was annoying.

And, what's up with the Jenny story? What happened in this book? Also, how did the three murdered victims really tie in with one another?

I guess this entire book went right by me. I will read the next one quickly to see if I c
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Donna Mcnab
Dec 03, 2015 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it
When three women die at three different locations in England of supposed heart attacks, there doesn't seem to be anything to connect them. However, it soon comes to light that one of the women was from New Mexico, while the other two had been travelling there and became friends during their stay. It takes a trip to New Mexico by Richard Jury, while his side-kicks Wiggins and Plant investigate in England, to solve the mystery.
Doina
Aug 10, 2009 Doina rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-mystery
This is another book that takes Jury to the U.S. The premise of the mystery is the suspicious, and at first glance unrelated, deaths of three women that Macalvie--the cantankerous policeman that Jury worked with on a couple of cases in the past--wants Jury's help to investigate. We have quite a few characters from past novels coming back besides Macalvie, and that is always a nice thing in my opinion. Some readers might find the cast and side stories distracting, but I think that once you get us ...more
Brock
Aug 21, 2014 Brock rated it it was amazing
This was a pleasant surprise, a sequel of sorts to _The Horse You Came In On_ (the previous novel in the Richard Jury series). Both books can be stand-alone, but the story arc between the two made the overall story even more enjoyable. This one was also set partly in Santa Fe, one of my favorite places in the world. Highly recommend both books (or either).
Writerlibrarian
Interesting. Not a lot of Plant but what there is is well done and almost no Long Piddleton fauna (which means only a few Agatha scene), the return of my favourite on and off recurring character Inspector Macalvie. Jury is heading out to the US again. Two books in a row. The trip is better than the first one which was boring, Wiggins is hospitalized (I think he electrocuted himself but it's not clear), reads Josephine Tey novels and solves the mysterious number problem. We get a good child prota ...more
Jenny
Jun 29, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Lady Cray! Love her. These past three books have formed a trilogy of sorts, which I am enjoying. Not so annoyed by the loose ends in this one, perhaps all of Grimes books are like this and I read them so seldomly that I don't notice. Will trust they will work themselves out.
Elizabeth
Jul 14, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Another winner from Grimes, featuring Jury and his merry band of helpers--Melrose Plant, Wiggins, Macalvie (although Macalvie might reach a fictional hand out of the book and throttle me for calling him a "helper!"). As always, Grimes does a lot of nice work with setting--in this case, much of the action takes place in the American Southwest. And of course we have many characters with walk-on parts who nevertheless seem to stay with one--Des, the Heathrow cigarette-seller, Sunny the "German Shep ...more
Kathleen
Mar 05, 2015 Kathleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
First, I normally love the Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series. However, if you are a new reader of this mystery series, for goodness sakes,PLEASE don't start with this one! This series installment was rife with the expectation that one already knew the quirks of Aunt Agatha, the seething temperament of Racer, the nail-fetish habits of Carole-anne, and elusiveness of Lady Kennington, the list goes on.

That being said, I will keep my author-inscribed copy. Too bad that my name isn't "Becky W." ;)
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R.E. Conary
May 06, 2016 R.E. Conary rated it it was ok
Elmore Leonard said he left out all the things everyone skips. Martha Grimes seems to leave in those parts to the detriment of the story. Not to my taste.
Cheryl
Jun 13, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
A murder in Salisbury leads Chief Superintendent Richard Jury to Santa Fe,New Mexico. Melrose Plant roams London searching for clues in his own way. Together no clues are left unturned.
Jean
Feb 15, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it
Interesting how much she is tying characters together from one story to another, especially when these were originally published two years apart.
Curt Bobbitt
Jan 06, 2015 Curt Bobbitt rated it liked it
For my taste, this novel had too much about the recurring characters' personal lives. The process of solving the crime involved too much unconvincing guesswork.
Joy
Feb 13, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it
"Sunlight, in this room, did not bisect carpets in golden rhomboids, or stripe sideboards and walls with delicate lemony fingers. Rather, it flashed and knifed, sparred with mirrors, cut across paintings, looked for a duel." p. 252

Switching settings between England and Arizona, Jury and Macalvie try to unravel the similar deaths of three women in English tourist locations, who seem to have known each other in Santa Fe. I was fascinated by thirteen-year-old Mary Dark Hope, sister of one of the vi
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Elease
Mar 01, 2016 Elease rated it liked it
The mystery in this one is okay but a bit obvious. I enjoyed this book more for the character development. Readers who aren't interested in the lives of Richard and Melrose will very likely be bored at times. The story line could have used some editing, but it was, on the whole, an enjoyable read for me.
Nancy
Apr 13, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
First "Richard Jury" mystery I've read. No doubt some of the rambling story lines would have made more sense or been interesting if I'd read earlier books in the series. I love mysteries, but books in a series should - in my opinion - be able to stand alone (author Louise Penny comes to mind) and this book did not.
Sherrie
May 18, 2010 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the TwentyTen Challenge. I have to admit I haven't read Martha Grimes before. So I probably came into this series of books in the middle, as usual for me. There were lots of info, but lots of the story took place in London. With Jury going to New Mexico to follow up some hutch's. I didn't really like all the jumping around this book did. There were a lot of people not even related to the supposed murders of these 3 women. Which was kind of distracting to me. Way too distract ...more
Janet
May 21, 2014 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too long; too much time spent with characters going off and "ruminating" and not advancing the plot. Glad when it suddenly came to an end (this was the audio version).
Armando
Nov 04, 2014 Armando rated it really liked it
Martha Grimes is always a delight.
Kristi Lamont
May 01, 2015 Kristi Lamont rated it liked it
Much better. Thank heavens.
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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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