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The Lamorna Wink (Richard Jury #16)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,068 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Detective Richard Jury is back in the 16th novel in Martha Grimes' extraordinary New York Times bestselling series--now enmeshed in a series of strange crimes and disappearances, and an age-old tragedy that consumes his sidekick Melrose Plant....
ebook, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Onyx Books (first published 1999)
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My husband and I savor this series, and are reading it in order. This is no. 16 and my favorite thus far because Melrose Plant has his biggest role yet, being in most every scene. What a charmer Plant is, very humble, gave up his title of Lord Ardry, suffers his pushy aunt's demands and yes helps solve murders.
There are many odd murders and disappearances and the tragic death of two children, which Plant investigates while he attempts to escape his aunt by renting a stately home in Cornwall. Th
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Richard Jury is in Ireland, so his partner Plant is in charge. During his vacation in Bletchley on the Cornwall coast is very nearly ruined by the coincidental appearance of his dreaded Aunt Agatha. At the same time he hears of Johnny Wells, whose favorite aunt has disappeared suddenly without trace. During all of this mystery, he still rents a house owned by an American millionaire whose two grandchildren died tragically on the beach a few years before. Within a day or so, a new dead body is fo ...more
Karen Hufman
I really enjoyed this! Melrose is off to Cornwall for a few months where he is drawn to a house that seems to call to him. While in the area he meets an interesting young man whose aunt goes missing, couple that with a woman who's soon found murdered and a heartbreaking mystery associated with the house and she have the backbone of the book. The characters are fun and likable - the author is great at writing her mysteries with a British flair for telling the story. I was sure she had originated ...more
Dawn Marie
I wanted to give this book a four star rating because it probably is Martha Grimes best book in the Richard Jury series so far. Not only does her excellently fleshed out circle of characters really shine here, there is suspense! Up to this point, suspense, didn't seem to have a whole lot to do with the stories. This one has it in spades! I had the "stay up all night" urge with this book and that simply hasn't happened before. Unfortunately I just can't give it a higher rating because of how poor ...more
#16 in the Chief Inspector Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard CID mysteries. This is more a Melrose Plant and Division Commander Macalvie of the Cornwall police mystery since Jury doesn't appear until around 2/3's of the way through.

Plant decides to vacation in Cornwall and takes a cottage for 3 months. He soon find himself in the middle of mysteries as the house he leases belongs to a family whose 2 children mysteriously drown 4 years ago. Shortly after settling in, a woman is found murdered and
Dans sa propriété de Long Piddleton, Melrose Plant a le blues. Son ami, le commissaire Richard Jury, est en Irlande, et sa tante Augusta, qui donne en permanence son avis sur tout, lui tape sur les nerfs.

Pour se distraire, il loue en Cornouailles le manoir de Seabourne. Cette bâtisse, qui surplombe la mer, est restée inhabitée depuis que les petits-enfants du propriétaire s'y sont noyés.

En fait de distraction, Melrose est confronté à la disparition de Chris, propriétaire du salon de thé du vil
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This Martha Grimes mystery is supposed to be another in her Richard Jury series. It is and it isn’t. It’s actually more Richard Jury Absconditus rather than Richard Jury investigates. Jury seems to be following up the Armagh (Northern Ireland) case alluded to in The Stargazey and doesn’t make an actual appearance (though his name is mentioned and his presence is invoked many times) until about 2/3 through the book. This absence doesn’t make it a bad book, mind you. Rather, it allows readers to b ...more
Paula Marlene
Ein RIESENGROßES FETTES LOB an die Übersetzerin

Charmant. Das ist immer wieder das Wort was sich bei mir in den Vordergrund stellt wenn ich einen Grimes in der Hand halte. Der kriminelle Aspekt ist es natürlich nicht (sogar das absolute Gegenteil in diesem Fall) aber das gesamte drum herum ist einfach schön verpackt. Charmant eben.
Diesmal fängt die Geschichte nicht mit Jury an sondern mit Melrose, der mehr oder weniger erfolgreich vor Agatha flüchtet.
Und zwar bis nach Cornwall. Dort mietet er sic
Feb 25, 2009 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I remember that I lost my initial infatuation with Martha Grimes and her Richard Jury mysteries at some point years ago and then picked one up later and once again was pleased. Recently the library was getting rid of The Lamorna Wink so I thought it was time to see what was going on with Jury and his friends.

Surprisingly it is aristocratic Melrose Plant who has traveled to the Cornwell coast while Superintendent Jury is away. His delight in meeting the people in the area draws the reader in. Mag
Lanny Carlson
It's a minor spoiler,
but if you plan to read the book,
might want to skip my last paragraph)

I've always had a love-hate relationship with Martha Grimes.
I love the Richard Jury series, and I have all of them.
But, unlike the Women's Murder Club books or Stephanie Plum books,
which I can read in a couple of days,
Martha Grimes' books are, for me at least, much slower reads.
That's why I'm six books behind!
Part of it is the style -
though American, her books read more like older British novels,
Alexander Inglis
Since 1981. American author Martha Grimes has written a successful series of detective novels which feature Scotland Yard Inspector Richard Jury and his friendship with aristocrat Melrose Plant (aka Lord Ardy). Her third novel won her a Nero Wolfe Award; she's recently completed the 22nd book in the series, The Black Cat, in 2010. In The Lamorna Wink, the 16th Jury novel published in 1999, it is Melrose Plant who is the star. In fact, Jury does not turn up till the third act leaving his "Watson" ...more
Kate Coombs
Okay, I randomly selected one of Martha Grimes's books to review. You'll understand what I mean when I tell you that I discovered her Richard Jury books two months ago and read all 20 or so of them. (I realize I'm behind the times, as Grimes was very popular in the 80s and 90s.) I find Martha Grimes both admirable and frustrating because she resists neat or even, in some cases, clear endings. So she'll have the murderer get caught, but one of the friendly innocents associated with the case will ...more
Sandra Strange
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 apartment and with all the helpers and local police officials that surround him, whe ...more
A solid, four stars Jury novel with very little Jury, my favourite guest detective Brian Macalvie which I've cast Damian Lewis in. Really. I would love to see him play Macalvie. Melrose Plant was good in this one. Really good. The plot is interesting, the characters are just this side of quirky but not in an annoying way. Very little Agatha or of the pub gang. An excellent Jury even if Jury wasn't that much in it.
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I got this free at a library sale, and read it at the beach. So far it is my favorite of the Richard Jury series (but I skipped several to read this one - since it was free!) It might help if you had some background on the sleuths/investigators though... a lot of the enjoyment I found in it came from learning some more "backstory" on a couple of them. The actual crime (involving 2 children) was rather disturbing... but I think I was so focused on the characters that it didn't bother me like it m ...more
I felt like I had walked into the middle of a play written by Godot...totally confusing! I suppose if I had started with the first of Grimes' books and read them in order, I would have at least understood a little better...but since I didn't like any of th characters, I still wouldn't have liked the book.
I probably would have given this book at least 4 stars if it had not taken over 200 pages to get really interesting. I liked the characters and the storyline was good but it moved so slow. Martha Grimes main character and problem solver, Richard Jury did not even show up to solve this murder mystery until over halfway through the book.

Jury's friend Melrose has decided to rent a mansion near the sea in Cornwall to get away from his aunt. In doing so he discovers the history of deaths at or near t
Another wonderful find: a Martha Grimes mystery! Melrose Plant has a larger part in this than Richard Jury, who is away in Ireland for most of the story. But Melrose is up to helping solve the several murders that occur with the help of CI Brian Macalvie down in Cornwall.
This one barely has Richard Jury in it, with Melrose Plant at the forefront. As always, impressed with the tongue in cheek humor and get absolutely sucked into the story. Looking for my next one in this series!
Kt Thames
To date this is one of my favorite books in this series. The book mostly focuses on Richard Jury's co-star, Melrose Plant, your quintessential country gentleman/amateur sleuth. One of Grimes' talents as an author is the ability to balance humor and tragedy. The mystery in part deals with the drowning deaths of two young children in Cornwall. When the reader discovers the truth behind their deaths it is absolutely devastating. Yet Grimes realizes that she can't simply end the book there and she d ...more
This was a very boring book and I could hardly wait to finish it. Half of the time, I had no idea what was going on because there was a second story going on, which wasn't necessary at all. It did nothing for the book, except make it longer and confusing. The main story was hard to follow and not thrilling at all.
A woman goes missing. A woman is found dead. Two children drown under mysterious circumstances. Are they connected or is it coincidence?

Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury mystery series always manages to disconnect me from the dreariness of long road trips. It’s the rousing questions, the well-crafted scenes and the amusing characters whose camaraderie I have come to envy. My only wish is that the female characters were as admirable as the men.

The Lamorna Wink starts with a simply quandary that ends w
The Macalvie, Plant, Wiggins combo was delightful. And we finally meet the count! But the book was missing Jury for most of it, and the most heinous crime is resolved in a most unsatisfactory, unexplained manner. Not my favorite.
First of all, how can you write a Richard Jury mystery without Richard Jury? Okay, he finally showed up about 3/4 of the way through, but seriously, if I had one more character wishing he was there I was going to scream. I just didn't see the point to his being gone.

Overall I did like the book, but it definitely wasn't one of my favorites in the series. Johnny was a great character, and you felt such sympathy for him over Chris's departure. But why bring Chris back for a happy reunion with Johnn
Kristi Lamont
Would've given this one a four except for never being able to handle even fictional crime when children are involved.
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Billed as a Richard jury book yet he doesn't show up til near the end and then his involvement is ltd. however, his absence does influence the story throughout as their usual behaviour with him present alters in light of his absence. The story is the multiple intertwining layers you expect from a Grimes book but set in a delicious Cornwall location that is so believable. I admire the way she writes. At one point Melrose empties a glass into "a dry sink". It is completely irrelevant but I always ...more
Cari Stone
Love the Richard Jury series..... great characters from book to book
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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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