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The Case Has Altered (Richard Jury #14)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,209 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
The accusation that Jenny Kensington, whom he has long loved, is behind the murders of two women recently connected with the Fengate estate, leads Richard Jury to the conclusion that he needs someone inside Fengate--someone who can impersonate an antiques expert. Enter Melrose Plant, detective manque. And in his wake follows a cast of characters that Martha Grimes's fans h ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Maria Birnell
The solution to the murder mystery was interesting but it took a long time to get there. I didn't really understand Jury's relationship with Jenny and I didn't really care to. Zehl was the most interesting character. Did not feel at all invested in the other characters.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, mystery
My first impression as I got through the first few chapters: blah

A poor girl gets murdered, but that's not the problem. Murdered girls move the plot along and are often essential for setting up a good story. MY problem is that the author goes to great lengths to let you know this girl is ugly. She's ugly, she's fat, no man wants her, therefore she gives it up easy, and is a slut. Special mentioned features to let you know she's ugly: she's a redhead & has FRECKLES. The HORROR! It's not enoug
Jill Hutchinson
Richard Jury and Melrose Plant are on the case again. In this adventure, two women are killed in the isolated fens but there does not seem to be any connection between them. Everyone is stumped, but then Lady Jenny Kennington, a friend of Melrose and Jury is arrested and brought to trial for the murders, on pretty vague evidence. Jury, who has a romantic interest in Jenny, is convinced she is innocent although she has lied to the police on several occasions. When the case is finally solved, the ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read most of the books in this "Richard Jury" series, and I really like them. The storylines are fairly usual murder mystery type of plots, but the characters are great. They are all unique and funny, and the books don't take themselves too seriously. Plus, the books are a neat little glimpse of English life.
A British murder mystery starring Scotland Yard's Inspector Richard Jury. Also, his good friend Melrose Plant(my fave). Well written story with great characters.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked this much better than last few. Set in the Fen(s) of Lincolnshire, most of which have been drained, but in the Wyndham Fen, drained and then refilled for National Trust example of the old watery fens, floats the body of Dorcas Reese, an unattractive servant girl at Fengate and the Case Has Altered pub, just two weeks after the murder of Verna Dunn, the ex wife of the antique loving and happily remarried owner of Fengate. Richard Jury is pulled in by his need to try to rescue the local DCI' ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoy chief inspector jury novels. This story has wonderful and humorous character development. Best of all, in the end the bad people get their just desserts Aunt Agatha, Theo Wrenn Browne, Verna Dunn, Parker (murders of his former girlfriend and Dorcas) and Dorcas for shooting Verna. Jury figured it out because only a blind person would be interested in Dorcas.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Not my favorite in this series. I was actually bored through most of this book. Once again, loads of editing/spelling errors. At one point it seemed an entire sentence or paragraph was missing. The sub-plot of the chamber pot trial was amusing, but just didn't fit. None of the characters were developed enough to be able to find one appealing other than Jury and Plant.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to light summer reading, perfect for sweltering days spent in air-conditioned comfort in one's favorite chair, it's hard to beat one of Martha Grimes' Richard Jury mysteries. She's up to her usual standard in The Case Has Altered although there were one or two things that annoyed me. But I'll get to those in a moment.

In this fourteenth entry in the series, the mystery involves the murder of two women. One was a guest at a country home of local gentry in the isolated fens. She was t
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Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Number 14 in the Richard Jury series.[return][return]The Lincolnshire fens are the scene of two murders within two weeks. Lady Jenny Kensington, in whom Jury has had a semi-romantic but unexpressed interest for nearly 10 years, is the chief suspect. Jury, much to the resentment of the local constabulary, insinuates himself into the investigation although on an unofficial basis in an attempt to clear Jenny of the charges. The case is puzzling, since no one doubts that there is just one murderer b ...more
Sep 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all fans of the series
Recommended to Johnny by: James Clay
Shelves: mystery
The mystery in this book is well-crafted. It involves a double murder and several presumptions: presumptions of a connection between the two homicides, presumption of guilt, presumption of innocence, presumption of superiority, and presumption of means/opportunity. In short, The Case Has Altered contains a veritable red tide of "red herrings." I found myself "on" the murderer and "off" the murderer. I fell for this bit of misdirection and returned to the center of my suspicions. I was wrong more ...more
Oct 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
You'd think that by reading 4 Martha Grimes mysteries in a row I'd get tired of them, but that hasn't happened yet. This installment is set around the Lincolnshire fens, which comes across as an unlikely place for a double murder. The cast of characters is again what kept my attention throughout the novel. We have Jenny Kennington, an old flame of Jury's who's the prime suspect in the murders--as well as the reason Jury butts in this particular investigation, Melrose Plant who is recruited by Ju ...more
Dharia Scarab
Not for me, too many incredibly boring, dragged out sub-plots and details. I guessed the killer as soon as the character was introduced. Got half way through before I couldn't take anymore and skipped to the end.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not
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
Rose Mary Griffith
Having just finished "Vertigo 42" published in 2015, it was interesting to go back to 1997 to read "The Case Has Altered." When you read a well-published and great writer like Grimes and see that the early work was good, but not as fantastic as the later work, it gives you (if you're a writer) hope.

While I still enjoyed the cast of characters in this book, it plodded on a bit longer than I felt it could have. By the time the murders were solved, I had begun to reach the, who cares, point. Wonde
Sherry Chandler
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diehard fans probably
Right along here in the Richard Jury series, it's like Martha Grimes realizes her characters, supposedly born during WWII, are aging fast, and she has to change her strategy of spacing the cases a year apart, like her books. So she writes books 12-15 almost as continuations of one another. She also uses these books to wrap up some old character lines.

The Case Has Altered seems to be her tribute to the courtroom drama/mystery. In it, Jury's long-time flame Jennifer Kennington is charged with murd
Laurie Andres
Not one of my favorites in this series. I loved the comic relief of the chamber pot trial, and some of the characters in the fens, but I found myself a bit bored through much of it. That being said, Melrose (my favorite character) and Richard Jury are always welcome companions!

I wonder if it's just me...I am reading this series out of order, and it is the first I've ever encountered where the author makes so many references to earlier books that aren't briefly explained for the new reader.

I alm
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This installment of the Richard Jury series seems to be (based on my knowledge of roughly 75% of the series) the most complex in terms of the individual "moving parts" that comprise the overall narrative. This includes the Long Piddleton players (with the usual emphasis on Melrose Plant, but also an exploration of the others via a lawsuit brought by Agatha); Ellie's brood ("Piddlin' Pete" and company); Jury's sometimes tortured personal life and how it interacts internally with his policeman's t ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Martha Grimes at her best. Why does handsome, intelligent Richard Jury have so much trouble in the romance department? Why does he allow Caroleanne to be so invasive...just because she's gorgeous? She's certainly not very smart. How many beautiful women is one fictional character allowed to have? In spite of this the characters are believable and interesting. The main plot is not as interesting (or as funny) as the secondary plot. If I were a fictional character, I'd be in love with Melr ...more
I've read this book twice and certain images stayed with me despite the years and all the books read between. The "cold ladies" are unique, and the descriptions of the fens made me nostalgic for them although I've never seen them. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and it seems like these characters must be real in this world somewhere, maybe just because I like them so much. That said, I really disliked the ending. It was hard to see anyone guilty, disappointing even, because there w ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Thought the book was slow, slow and slow. Then suddenly I was laughing out loud. Some of the dialogue is hilarious. Events are desribed with real humor, but so much of it is "British" vernacular I don't know, it was not easy to appreciate the fine points, innuendo, "English" references. And the endless descriptions of "great halls" and antique furnishings which turn out to be irrelevant..what's with that? PD James thinks highly of Martha Grimes, and MG returns the favor by lauding the great Dame ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#14 in the Detective Superintendent Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard mystery series. Jury is unofficially on a double murder case in the fen country when a good friend is the prime murder suspect. He's trying to help her out just as she helped him out in a murder case several years earlier in which he was the prime suspect. There is a lot of personal stuff involving the woman friend for Jury as he has mixed feelings made worse by the fact that she isn't telling him the truth nor all the informa ...more
Try as I might, I don't understand Jury's attraction to Jenny, who is at the center of the mystery here. There's an extremely awkward scene between the two of them that is simply not up to Grimes' usual style. However, the subplot involving Melrose's incredibly irritating aunt rises to a hilarious climax, a much needed splash of color in the last third of the book. Trueblood, of course, provides much of the color--oh those Armani suits! Oh those coordinating Sobraines! He almost--but not quite-- ...more
Laila (BigReadingLife)
One of my favorites of the series so far, despite a slow start. (Thought I'd never make it through all that Melrose Plant posing as an antiques expert stuff! Snoozeville!) It really picked up pace about halfway through. And finally something happened with Jury and Jenny! I'm not sayin' if it's a good something or a bad something, but action was taken.

ps...I don't know why on earth, having read some other reviews of this book, that people would start reading a mystery series in the 14th book. No
Lansing Public Library
The group agreed that there were too many characters and the story moved too slowly. There was too much going on that wasn’t really relative to the story.(Although, because of this, the story did prompt many questions to be discussed!)

Everyone felt sorry for Dorcus because all the people in her town commented on how homely she was.

Everyone was surprised when they learned who committed the murders!They thought it was a very clever idea by the author. They were curious to know if this type of murd
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
again this picks up right after the Rainbow's End as Jury is back from Santa Fe and is now trying to prove that Jenny isn't guilty of murder. Plant is right by his side also trying to help clear Jenny. Jenny and Jury's relationship ....hmmm....Jury seems to realize that most of what he thought was their relationship was really in his head and that there is no future for the two of them. I am tired of Jenny and can't remember if she is in anymore stories but I hope not.

This was a good one as I ha
Mark Lisac
Decent enough read for a vacation or a long plane flight. Nothing compelling or even particularly interesting in it. The plot is the main draw. The characters are OK, some more than others. The story drags on through many twists and turns, which is OK mostly if the purpose is filling in a lot of time or trying to outwit the author. Not sure how successfully Grimes, an American writer, produces a classic British small-town murder mystery, complete with recognizable types and set close to the fict ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I haven't read a Martha Grimes novel before and not sure that i will again.

I found the the story line just dragged on too much and i did find it quite boring. It did have some funny bits though!

The last quarter of the novel redeemed itself a little but it still took me way too long to finish the novel which usually means that the book for me wasn't the best.

Glad it's over! :)
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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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