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Martha Grimes

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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 Montgomery College.

Grimes is best known for her series of novels featuring Richard Jury, an inspector with Scotland Yard, and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles. Each of the Jury mysteries is named after a pub. Her page-turning, character-driven tales fall into the mystery subdivision of "cozies." In 1983, Grimes
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The Man With a Load of Misc...

3.99 avg rating — 18,058 ratings — published 1981 — 35 editions
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The Old Fox Deceiv'd (Richa...

4.08 avg rating — 10,433 ratings — published 1982 — 29 editions
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The Anodyne Necklace (Richa...

4.03 avg rating — 8,275 ratings — published 1983 — 28 editions
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The Old Silent (Richard Jur...

3.91 avg rating — 5,536 ratings — published 1989 — 6 editions
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The Blue Last (Richard Jury...

4.04 avg rating — 5,000 ratings — published 2001 — 30 editions
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The Dirty Duck (Richard Jur...

3.93 avg rating — 5,107 ratings — published 1984 — 34 editions
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Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury...

3.96 avg rating — 4,686 ratings — published 1984 — 20 editions
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The Knowledge (Richard Jury...

4.01 avg rating — 4,474 ratings — published 2018 — 23 editions
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The Black Cat (Richard Jury...

3.82 avg rating — 4,506 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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Help the Poor Struggler (Ri...

3.97 avg rating — 4,277 ratings — published 1985 — 27 editions
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“Before you hate something you should try to understand it.”
Martha Grimes, Dakota

“An idyllic childhood is probably illusion.”
Martha Grimes, The Lamorna Wink

“Remember the great film with Bette Davis, All About Eve? There's a scene after the scheming Eve steals Margo's role through trickery & then gets this magnificent review. Margo of course is effing & blinding all over the place. And crying. Her director rushes into her house, puts his arms around her & says, "I ran all the way". That's what I want.”
Martha Grimes, Dust

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