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The Grave Maurice (Richard Jury #18)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,029 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
"Chew on this," says Melrose Plant to Richard Jury, who's in the hospital being driven crazy by Hannibal, a nurse who likes to speculate on his chances for survival. Jury could use a good story, preferably one not ending with his own demise.Plant tells Jury of something he overheard in The Grave Maurice, a pub near the hospital. A woman told an intriguing story about a gir ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 2nd 2003 by Berkley Books (first published August 26th 2002)
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Birdie It can stand alone but the author's main characters resurface and interact with references to past storylines. That being said, the storylines tend to…moreIt can stand alone but the author's main characters resurface and interact with references to past storylines. That being said, the storylines tend to follow a set pattern and some familiar characters become more irritating as they continue behavior patterns instead of growing or resolving issues.(less)

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Julie Ramos
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am actually rereading several Martha Grimes (Richard Jury series). If you are a fan of the english mystery and eccentric English characters you will really enjoy these.
Craig Monson
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first Martha Grimes mystery—rather late in the game, apparently: well over a dozen others await. It was not a book that I couldn’t put down, though I was always happy to pick it up. The plot is a bit quirky and tangled, with the occasional excursus, presumably as an excuse to (re)introduce a stable of eccentric characters, likely already familiar to followers of the Richard Jury series, as Brits once again make fun of each other and themselves. Amusement at wittily (even generously) drawn cha ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This book started out as a sort of homage to Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time, sometimes referred to as the best mystery ever written. Like the protagonist in that book, we find Superintendent Richard Jury laid up in a hospital bed and unable to pursue his usual occupation. He needs distraction. Sergeant Wiggins brings him Tey's book to read and his doctor provides him with a much more current mystery.

When last we saw Jury (in The Blue Last) he was lying grievously wounded on a dock. He was
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
ok my stars may be unfairly low but that is because I am so uninterested in horse racing that I found this entire story/mystery just a bit boring. However I enjoyed Plant hiring a hermit - very funny.

Also I am just really annoyed that none -NONE of the questions from the previous one - The BLue Last were answered. I repeat ...NONE.
This begins right when the Blue Last ends - Jury is in the hospital recovering from being shot by Mickey. Is there a trial? Is Mickey dead yet (or did he shoot himsel
Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Finally finished! I found that I could put this book down and not read it for a week at the time. I didn't buy into the characters, and there were too many characters that didn't add anything to the story. By the end of the book I didn't care who was murdered or whom the killer was.
Jo Sternberg
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a little darker but still really good
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best ones. This had a lot of intrigue, passions and twists. Horses and animal rights were in the forefront. I loved this book.
Kathy Davie
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odd name, great story.
Marilyn Saul
Jun 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a disappointing book. It was extremely thin on plot and was much more a treatise on what Grimes learned about horse racing. Ok, good to have ALLLLL that information that was mostly inconsequential to the plot. I think Grimes was more interested in bringing the problem of Premarin to the attention of her readers - which was fine for the times, but now a moot point. The "mystery" was not only secondary but tertiary, and, quite frankly was confusing - though that may have been because I starte ...more
Lynne Tull
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
I think Ms. Grimes has entered a new chapter of her writing. First of all, the animals are starting to have thoughts that we can hear/read. I have the feeling that she is channeling herself into several of the characters. This book was really entertaining at the same time introspective. Melrose and Jury are continuing with their own stories. The mystery is in between. I thought I had it figured out with the possibility of two different endings. I selected the wrong one. Recommend.
(added note: I
M Yeazel
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Jury novels, he spends personal time investigating the disappearance of a race family granddaughter, while recuperating from a gunshot wound. I like them all, pretty much, because I like the extensive collection of friends and acquaintances who help and affect him along the way. So many characters!
Sylvia Dugan
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the humorous comments between Melrose Plant and Richard Jury as the story progresses during Jury's recovery from being shot at the end of The Blue Last. We also get a bit of an inside into Jury's personal life in this story. The mystery is a bit convoluted but its unravelling makes a good read.
Katie Hilton
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Jury, recovering from gunshot wounds, decides to investigate the disappearance of his surgeon's daughter, which occurred two years ago. Then a woman's body is found on the horse farm from which the girl vanished. This book set in horse country is a bit confusing. It's still a good read.
This book was a little confusing to me. I had a hard time getting into it.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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JonnaLynn Mandelbaum
A different approach from the usual Jury novels. This one is derived in part from a Josephine Tey novel. A good puzzle and entertaining read.
Emily Allen
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the horse descriptions, the rhythm of the story development, the curiosity to find out who done it!
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Richard Jury novel. I was not quite fond of just a couple of things that happened that seemed unnecessary and manipulative of the author. I will continue the series though, so not that bad.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I'd read a couple of her other books, and would have given them two stars for "okay". The Dirty Duck was so poor I dropped it. After reading The Grave Maurice, I'll never look at one of Grimes' books again.

I won't give away the specifics of the ending because that's something one normally just doesn't do. But spoiling the plot of this book would be a service to the mystery-reading public.

The real point of the book is to publicize a pet cause of Grimes's (pet as in PETA, though the abuse is repr
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#18 in the Richard Jury/Melrose Plant mystery series. In this book, we find Jury recuperating in his hospital bed after being shot nearly fatally in the last book. Sgt. Wiggins brings him a copy of Josephine Tey's classic The Daughter of Time wherein a policeman investigates an ages-old mystery from his bed. Melrose Plant brings Jury just such a mystery, one involving the disappearance of a teenage girl almost two years ago. Coincidentally, the girl is the daughter of Jury's surgeon, who also as ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
22 Inspektor-Jury-Romane hat Martha Grimes inzwischen verfasst, außerdem zahlreiche andere Krimis. Inspektor Jury und die übrigen Charaktere, die ihn begleiten, sind britisch durch und durch. Faszinierende Trivia: Jeder Band der Inspektor Jury Reihe ist nach einem real existierenden englischen Pub benannt (bei den deutschen Titeln natürlich nicht mehr nachvollziehbar). Wer die Atmosphäre englischer Kleinstädte (und traditioneller Pubs) mag, muss wohl auch einmal Grimes lesen.

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Rose Mary Griffith
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sadder than usual...

This Richard Jury novel is best read immediately following The Blue Last. I won’t give spoiler-details, but say that the books tie closely together and almost should have been one volume.

There are many extraordinary twists and turns in this story, so pay close attention in the beginning to the smallest of details and characters’ names. It kept me guessing, startled me, and caught me off guard at various junctures.

There were folks you liked, Vernon Rice, but weren’t sure you s
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#8: Plant, visiting Jury in hospital recovering from his being shot, tells him of a conversation he's overheard between two women in the pub across the street, with the interesting fact theater Jury's surgeon, Dr. Roger Ryder, was mentioned, poor sod, because his fiifteen year old daughter, Nell, Who had been abductive two years before is still missing. Jury sends Melrose Plant to reconnoiter the Ryder family's racing stable, arriving just as police are removing the body of an unknown woman from ...more
Curt Bobbitt
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Despite a few unsettling features, this novel continues the series with flair. Like The Deer Leap (number 7 in the series), it ends with heartbreaking events. Jury again entangles himself sexually with a crazy woman. The ludicrous Long Piddleton subplot with the hermit-for-hire makes the recurring population seem even more adolescent than usual (but it is sort of funny). Though in flashback, the repeated rapes add a horrifying dimension. Grimes adds some of her ironic, self-deprecatory observati ...more
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I love the Richard Jury novels and am so happy that there are many of them, but this one was disappointing. It started slow, but the worse part for me was the main character, Nell. Every man who looked at her picture as a 15 year old became entranced with her ethereal, yet "focused" appearance. I didn't find her to be a sympathetic character, but what they took as commitment seemed to me obsessive,immature and risky. She commanded attention from men without having to do very much. I just didn't ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of the more sumptuous of the Richard Jury novels. There are some little funny bits for those of us who love the series, but this is also a fine point to pick up this author. Ms. Grimes never gives away the details of the crimes in the previous cases of Jury & co., but alludes to enough details to remind us of them. If you are reading the books out of sequence, though, you will not have any climaxes ruined for you. That's tough to do! I absolutely loved the focus on horses in this ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Sandra Strange
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Teena Stewart
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my first introduction to best-selling author, Martha Grimes but it certainly won’t be the last time I read one of her books. Grimes has the rare talent of being able to incorporate humor and sensitive, unique descriptions. Richard Jury is a Scotland Yard police inspector recovering from gunshot wounds. He’s told to take it easy after his release but is determined to occupy himself. When he learns about the abduction of his surgeon’s daughter which occurred two years earlier, he’s snagged ...more
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, british, mystery
So, Grimes' mysteries are interesting. She almost writes them like a TV show. There are several characters in her book based around the main. These other characters have their own circle and stories. This is my second Grimes book and it took me two books to understand how her books work. The endings, also, are not very tidy and not typical. With most British detective TV series based on books, I wonder, if this was her intention. Having her Jury character end up on TV. In this day, it's hard to ...more
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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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