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 Anodyne Necklace (Richa...

4.04 avg rating — 6,248 ratings — published 1983 — 22 editions
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4.02 avg rating — 4,410 ratings — published 2001 — 5 editions
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The Dirty Duck (Richard Jur...

3.94 avg rating — 4,146 ratings — published 1984 — 25 editions
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Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury...

3.96 avg rating — 3,781 ratings — published 1984 — 16 editions
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The Old Silent (Richard Jur...

3.98 avg rating — 3,489 ratings — published 1989 — 19 editions
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I Am the Only Running Footm...

3.91 avg rating — 3,448 ratings — published 1986 — 19 editions
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