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The Lamorna Wink (Richard Jury #16)

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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...more
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
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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
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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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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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
Another wonderful listen.
The story here is quite captivating. 2 children were found drowned in the ocean some time before, and the case was never solved. Melrose Plant becomes captivated by the story of the children; he is renting their former home. In addition, a woman has just gone missing from the town, and another woman found dead on a footpath. Meanwhile, a child is found shot in the city, and the missing girl's natural father is somehow connected to it. Confused yet? It's going to all lin...more
Melrose finds adventure while trying to escape Ardry End.
I hadn't read a Richard Jury mystery in about two years. Now I don't know if I'll ever read any more - not if they're going to be as dark and disturbing as this one! Since I had my baby I can't take anything bad happening to kids. I won't divulge any more details. And Jury himself wasn't in half of the book, making Melrose Plant the main investigator. Oh well. The series used to hold my interest, but not so much anymore. On to better books!
Another book of Grimes' with disturbing things happening to children...not sure how or why she seems to have gotten on this theme with this series, but I hope it stops. It's too hard for me to transition from "Special Victims Unit"-type crimes to the humor of the relationships of everyone who lives at Long Piddleton. I did like the greater insight we received about Melrose Plant, however...I have loved his character since the first book.
I now remember why I stopped reading Grimes' books; some of the things that happen and many of the people are just awful, so there just isn't enough there that doesn't leave a bad taste in my mouth. It's not poorly written, for me it's just ick. Fortunately this was a borrowed book and not one I bought, so I can just give it back and only be out the time it took.
G.L. Morrison
I know I've read other Richard Jury mysteries but the characters don't stick with me. Struck by how homoerotic the narrator in this novel is (while having a variety of lightly homophobic asides). The mystery itself was compelling and the solution ingenious but the ending very, very British and completely dissatisfying.
This is the first book of the Richard Jury series I've read but I'll definitely go back to the start and read them all now. It's a dark, atmospheric, 'old-time' feeling detective novel that keeps you wondering almost to the end with a mysterious disappearance and the unsolved deaths of two children. Very good!
Either I'm getting smarter or Grimes's plotting is getting more obvious. Maybe I'm just familiar with her style by now, but every clue seemed to shout, "Hey! Look at me! I'm a clue! I'm important!" I don't enjoy murder mysteries so much when I've figured out whodunnit long before the end of the book.
Barb Deshler
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Leslie Ferrari
Catching up on books in a series is like catching up with old friends you haven't seen in a few years. It's going to be a delightful few weeks with the 5 latest titles to enjoy.

This offering is more heart rendering and darker than most in the Richard Jury series. Melrose is the focus of this tale.
Janet Meissner
We even have a huge empty mansion that may be haunted and the mysterious deaths of the 2 small children of the owner of the mansion. Melrose leases the place, as we might all wish we could, and proceeds to investigate the local murders on his own while Jury is off in Ireland.
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
This is the first Richard Jury/ Melrose Plant book that I've read in quite a while, and it was nice to be back in the company of the usual crew. I found some of it a little confusing (exactly who was involved in the most heinous crime) but on the whole I enjoyed it very much.
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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...more
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