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The Horse You Came In On (Richard Jury #12)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,260 ratings  ·  79 reviews
"Intricate and entertaining . . . A delicious puzzle."
- The Boston Globe

The murder is in America, but the call goes out to Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury. Accompanied by his aristocratic friend Melrose Plant and by Sergeant Wiggins, Jury arrives in Baltimore, Maryland, home of zealous Orioles fans, mouth-watering crabs, and Edgar Allan Poe.

In his efforts to s
Paperback, 371 pages
Published July 2nd 1994 by Ballantine Books (first published 1993)
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Like this series: plots, cast, and humor (usually there is some). Some vulgarity, no sex or graphic violence. Read well by Steve West. Recommended.
I still enjoy the interactions of Plant, Jury and Wiggins but I really disliked this book and almost quit a couple of times.
I found it rambling and disjointed with way too much unnecessary babbling about sports and reading out loud of manuscripts.
If there were books just about the residents of Long Piddleton and what they get up to without all the unnecessary extraneous information, I'd enjoy them immensely!
Time to take a break from this series and read something else.
Kamas Kirian
Not my favorite Jury novel. I do remember reading this before when it first came out and thought it not up to par with most of the earlier novels, and this second time through confirmed that impression for me.

Plenty of Melrose. Actually, I really like the mystery part dealing with Melrose, Jury and Wiggins. But none of the new characters involved pulled me in, most were simply there and flat. The whole thing with the stories (those written by Melrose, Trueblood, Ellen, Salve and Poe) being read
Alice Harbin
A convoluted story within several minor stories and several characters. The setting is in England initially and then moves to Baltimore, MD. Three murders have occurred there which are seemingly unrelated. Several of the characters are writers, one of who has lots of writer’s block and has a competitor who is stealing the content of her novels. Some small romances are ongoing. The conversations are misleading as so much of the time, no one wants to really say what they are thinking. There are se ...more
Michael K.
I began reading this series at the beginning, intending to work my way straight through to the end. It started out okay, and I enjoyed the characters the author developed -- not only Detective Superintendent Richard Jury and his wealthy, once-titled buddy, Melrose Plant, but also the recurring villagers of Plant’s acquaintance and Jury’s apartment house neighbors and colleagues at work. Often they were better done than the actual plot, which are mostly getting sloppier and less thoughtful. This ...more
"Prose seems to be falling off just a bit," said Jury..."Definitely fallen off," said Jury, yawning.

Yes, even Superintendent Richard Jury seems to acknowledge it in this Martha Grimes cozy mystery. The prose has definitely fallen off. Fallen off a cliff, in fact.

When I commit to reading a book, I stick with it to the very end. Even when I find myself skimming rapidly over sections of it because the writing is so bad. That certainly happened with this book. Frankly, it was one of those times when
I never felt like I got a handle on this one, rather like the constant commentary on Ellen's book in this one.

Why the US police force didn't get irritated by a Scotland Yard man digging into one of their murder cases was unfathomable. Why Plant was so cheerfully trundling in and out of homeless groupings and flinging money and clothes about without question was beyond me. And I really do not understand any of these people's romantic relationships. Does no one ever just state how they feel?

Set initially in England, Jury is engaged by Lady Dray to investigate the death of a friend's nephew in the U.S. Jury, Wiggins and Melrose Plant travel to Baltimore where there has been more than one suspicious death--including that of a homeless man. the usual characters abound--from several homeless, writers, academics, shop owners, naive young women to the ultra rich. And while Jury seeks logical clues, Plant wanders about town in the taxi of one of the town's character drivers whose informat ...more
I love Martha Grimes and Richard Jury. I have even read this one before but a long time ago. Jury and Melrose are usually in England but this case takes them to Baltimore. When I read this before, I had not been to Baltimore; but reading this again after visiting Baltimore made many scenes more personal and familiar.
The plot is about a possible new Poe manuscript found by a woman who is subsequently murdered along with a homeless man...maybe. Are they related? The writing and language of Grimes
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"Martha Grimes does not really end her books in cliff hangers, but the endings usually make you want to pick up her next book, which is exactly what I did. In this installment of the series, Jury, Wiggins and Plant go across the ocean to the old colony in order to continue an investigation started back home at the insistence of Lady Cray. As with all Martha Grimes books, I was highly entertained throughout the entire book. The blurb on the back of the book says: "Accompanied by his aristocratic ...more
Thomas Bruso
You are not a true mystery aficionado until you have read a Martha Grimes book.

Reading a Martha Grimes novel is an always entertaining and pleasing departure from the humdrum of real life, even when the deliciously unruffled superintendent Richard Jury is not always a major player on the case.

"The Horse You Came in On," the twelfth Richard Jury novel, may not be one of the strongest entries in Grimes' ever popular British mystery series, but the story is still a mystifying puzzle of the highest
Joyce Lagow
No. 12 in the Richard Jury series.[return][return]Jury is on sick leave but when have such trivialities ever deterred Chief Superintendent Racer from his pathetic attempts to harass Jury? As a result, it is from Racer that Jury learns that Lady Cray, whom he met on a recent case, has asked for him specifically to investigate a strange murder in the US, that of Philip Calvert. Along with Melrose Plant (who has his own personal reasons for visiting the US) and that martyr to health, the long-suffe ...more
Martha Grimes does not really end her books in cliff hangers, but the endings usually make you want to pick up her next book, which is exactly what I did. In this installment of the series, Jury, Wiggins and Plant go across the ocean to the old colony in order to continue an investigation started back home at the insistence of Lady Cray. As with all Martha Grimes books, I was highly entertained throughout the entire book. The blurb on the back of the book says: "Accompanied by his aristocratic f ...more
Dave Holcomb
As always with Grimes' Richard Jury novels, this one is great fun. It falls roughly in the middle of the long series of novels, each of which is more-or-less freestanding, but which makes a lot more sense if you've read the ones that preceded it. In this case, the inside jokes and references to long-standing storylines are more frequent, so someone coming to Grimes for the first time might want to wait to read "The Horse You Came In On" until after having gotten a few of the previous books under ...more
It's so far the very worst of a not very good series.

The steady characters are all really annoying and were even more so in this book. And coupled with a plot that sputtered and swooped and was just so totally improbable, I'm ready to give up.

I had hopes for the characters when I started the series, figured they'd settle into themselves as the author progressed, and for a while that seemed to be happening. This book though was a total disaster.
Was so looking forward to this one, as one who lives in the Baltimore area. Much as Laura Lippman's stories of Tess Monahan in Baltimore lend a certain additional interest. But unfortunately the same cannot be said of this installment in the Jury series. The story is so thin. The characters are still there and doing their best, but it just isn't enough. So sad.
Even the fact that this was set in Baltimore, which was fun, could not hide the fact that I was tired of this series.

What was once fresh and enjoyable had become stale, static, and uninteresting. This was where I said goodbye to my ex-boyfriend, Richard Jury, and all his pals back at the pubs!
Donna Mcnab
Jury, Higgins and Plant are off to Baltimore, Maryland, at the request of a friend of Jury's, Lady Cray, who wants him to investigate a murder that took place in the United States. This certainly does become a complicated plot, but with a lot of amusing situations happening.
I've always had a feeling that Martha Grimes should be classified on the edge of fantasy because there are weird under currents of mental strangeness about the characters and their actions. This one is set mostly in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, and really deals with the writing process. Where do ideas come from, what is style and how is it achieved? What is plagiarism and how do you recognize it? These ideas are paralleled with the matter of identity: who are you, what are you, and who are y ...more
Marian H.
I like all the Richard Jury characters, and this story was particularly fun for me, taking place largely in Baltimore, but it also seemed somewhat sillier than usual. Maybe that's just the mood I happen to be in at the moment: not especially silly.
Curt Bobbitt
Jury, Plant, and Wiggins travel to Baltimore (and Philadelphia). The literary hoax (a forged story supposedly by Poe) adds to the appeal of the novel. The tenuous connections between the three murders make the investigation shaky and unconvincing.
I've found references to the story in this book in other Richard Jury novels. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it in the back layer of one of my bookshelves!

Jury, Melrose Plant and Wiggins go to Baltimore at the request of an old friend of Jury's to investigate the murder of a distant relative.
Carol Hooper
I really enjoy all of Martha Grimes' books. I was lucky enough to meet her at a book signing some years back. I especially liked this one since it was set in Baltimore, where I live. To imagine Richard Jury in my hometown was really special!
Mark Woodland
Really, it's not a very good book. I picked it up at a book sale because the title struck me as funny and it had some credentials on the cover. I still have it as a sort of joke.... when people browse my bookshelves, they get this little poke in the eye. It's a murder mystery, which isn't largely my cup of tea. It sells itself as "unique" in many respects, but the only one that really sells is the main character, Richard Jury (I gather he's in others of the author's books) is an English police s ...more
Hmm, Jury and Plant travel to Baltimore, but mostly I enjoyed revisiting Lady Cray, will she be a recurring character? Some unfortunate small loose ends, guess I like my novels neat and tidy at the end.
This is one of my least favorite of Martha Grimes' Inspector Jury mysteries. Perhaps because the location shifted to America? Probably. I much prefer them to be in their natural habitat of GB. The plot was a little rambling and even though all was tied up at the end (in a rather implausible way) it wasn't as satisfying as her other novels. She did leave an 'out' in the clue that she left about Jip.
I am rereading all of her Jury books right now and am noticing that there is more spillover of pas
Melrose and Trueblood create a faux journal for Vivian's Count but Vivian has such a hard time reading it that she thinks it's a story about a woman kidnapped and placed in a bank vault.
Chris Wackett
enjoyed this book . have read nearly all the Richard jury series but this was one I had missed. good story telling . enjoyable characters . whats not to like .
just like catching up with old friends
I do enjoy the humor that is part of these stories. Thought this one got a bit heavy with all the "writers" and "writing".
Kristi Lamont
Umm . . . what? Why did everyone else like this so much when I felt like it was wading through so much quicksand?
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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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