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The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery

(Richard Jury #24)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  3,880 ratings  ·  530 reviews
With their signature wit, sly plotting, and gloriously offbeat characters, Martha Grimes’s New York Times bestselling Richard Jury mysteries are “utterly unlike anyone else’s detective novels” (Washington Post). In the latest series outing, The Knowledge, the Scotland Yard detective nearly meets his match in a Baker Street Irregulars-like gang of kids and a homicide case t ...more
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Published April 3rd 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 2018)
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Diane S ☔
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been almost four years since the last Richard Jury has been published. As soon as I started reading this I was reminded just how much I enjoy this series, these characters, like catching up with
old friends. This story includes a murder of a welathy married couple in front of an exclusive gambling establishment, two people who Jury had just met a few days before. Of course he is drawni to the case, and he enlists his two friends, Melrose Plant who he send to Africa,and Trusvlood, who he es
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this 24th book in the 'Richard Jury' series, the Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent investigates the murder of a wealthy American professor and his wife. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the characters is a bonus.


Handsome rich American physics professor David Moffitt and his beautiful wife Rebecca are visiting London, and arrange to spend the evening at the VERY exclusive Artemis Club - a gambling casino/art gallery owned by Leonard Zane.

The Moffit
Ten-fifteen years ago, if you'd asked about my favourite book series I probably would have said it was those by Martha Grimes and featuring Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury alongside the aristocratic but diffident Melrose Plant.

All named after a pub featured the in book (kicking off with The Man With A Load of Mischief in 1981), they were my comfort reads. I LOVED our main players - Jury himself and Melrose Plant of course. I'd even worked out who should play each in a TV series at one point
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have read, and have looked forward to reading, every book in the Richard Jury series. The characters have been clever, intelligent and amusing. The dialogue crisp and delightful. This book, however, is so disappointing on so many levels. The first is the convoluted plot of tanzanite, smuggling, Africa, gambling, to name a few.
Then there is the matter of ten year-old Patty Haight. The girl who does everything. She manages to: finagle herself aboard planes to foreign countries; cavort across th
Bam cooks the books ;-)
When I was approved for an arc of Grimes' latest in the Richard Jury series, The Old Success, I realized I had a couple to catch up on first, including this one.

Jury meets an interesting young man and his wife who are visiting London--he an American professor of astrophysics; she a beautiful Brit with dual citizenship--while shopping at Starrdust and they met for dinner later that evening. Jury is shocked and saddened to later learn that both have fallen victim to a shooter outside an exclusive
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The quirky cab drivers in this book were such a treat! I always like a new Richard July mystery and this one was a fun read. Early in the book a couple is killed in front of an exclusive casino/nightclub. A cabbie, Robbie Parsons, had driven the couple to the venue and a man with a gun jumped into his car and told him to drive. Robbie drove around the London and finally dropped the man at Waterloo Station.

A bunch of kids who were friends of Robbie tracked the man to Heathrow where he boarded a
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Martha Grimes is what you call a prolific producer of excellent crime fiction having released a book (sometimes two) annually for the past 25 years! Now that's dedication! Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, where her father was the City Solicitor. Her mother owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent a substantial period of their childhood. Later, Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland and put them to good use writing ...more
Chris Conley
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh...another adventure with Richard Jury, Melrose Plant, Marshall Trueblood and the entire cast of characters. The crime at the heart of this one hits Jury particularly hard. The ensuing solution is vintage Jury. I do love these books.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
As David and Rebecca Moffit exit a cab in front of an exclusive club/casino/art gallery called Artemis, they are tragically shot to death. The shooter then jumps in the cab, points a gun at the cab driver, Robbie Parsons, and tells him to drive.

Det. Superintendent Richard Jury becomes involved in the murder case due to the fact that he had met the victims two days before their death and felt an instant bond with David. He’s determined to find the murderer as the investigation moves from London
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Richard Jury and Melrose Plant, but I am not fond of the way many of the books in the series have gone recently, in particular the author's seeming need to thrust children as main characters into every novel. This one has a pip named Patty Haigh, who is so unbelievable as to be just this side of nauseating.

On the other hand, it did have some reminiscences about other cases and other pubs, none like THE KNOWLEDGE however. Most of the usual characters are included as well although I wish Ju
Kristi Lamont
Maybe it's not you, Martha. Maybe it's me. But there is asking a reader to suspend disbelief, and there is asking a reader to _really_ suspend disbelief, from the get-go. Especially when it comes to The Precocious Kid Trope. And while some may have found our Jury's jaunts down memory lane enjoyable, I felt like they were filler (and that it was unreasonable to expect such minute details to be remembered years and years and books and books later). I'm bummed that it's come to this; this series ha ...more
Mary Lins
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: complete
Holy Cow! Hang on to your socks – this new Richard Jury novel, “The Knowledge”, by Martha Grimes – starts out with a BANG! We are introduced to Robbie Parsons, a highly skilled London Black Cab driver, and his merry band of cohorts (fellow Cabbies and assorted pick pockets and grifters), as he witnesses a double murder and then is kidnapped by the murderer and told to “Drive!” It’s Robbie’s quick thinking, knowledge of the streets of the City, and his coded messages to other drivers, which sets ...more
sarah  morgan
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Net Galley ARC. This was my first Martha Grimes (Richard Jury) mystery. It started out well enough, a husband and wife shot dead outside a posh London casino. And it continued well enough as Robbie, an expert black cabbie, is forced at gunpoint to drive the perp across London and eventually to Heathrow. Then begins a long series of curveballs, requests for suspension of disbelief, I found increasingly difficult to summon, and digressions into minor character's backgrounds, philosophies, and… wel ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
Thank you to Grove Atlantic, Atlantic Monthly Press and NetGalley for an advance e-galley of The Knowledge by Martha Grimes in exchange for an honest review. This is the 24th murder mystery in the Richard Jury series. However, since this is a first in the series for me, I can approach it on its own individual merits. This can easily be read as a standalone. Richard Jury is a Scotland Yard sleuth and The Knowledge is the name of a London pub frequented by black cab drivers only. The book begins w ...more
Lindy Schwartz
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This one starts out really strong and then just floundered into flights of "pay no attention to what I am showing you, this is what really happened behind the curtain" which leaves me flat. I like these characters and have followed the series for years but was very disappointed with the muddy reveal. ...more
Kathleen Daly
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am in awe of Martha Grimes. Her latest book,!”The Knowledge “, is just so clever, smart, complicated, and No. 1 in so many ways. She may even be better than Christie or Sayers. And she’s American!! Wowhee!! I love her obviously.

I think her characters are so imaginative andt hey’re all here. Shining brightly for us faithful followers. I would recommend reader her series from the beginning. It does matter because I you want to catch all the nuances.

This outing takes us all over London, also to
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I read all the Richard Jury books I was able to find in another era, usually finding them at used book sales. This latest addition to the series came after a rather long piece of time and I found I was unable to embrace the Jury group of odd friends. There were also people holding important parts of this plot that were truly unbelievable and did not amuse for that reason. If I describe it would spoil book for others,
I have a shelf of these books that I think I may have to pass along to other rea
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An intriguing mystery with a wonderful cast of characters. I loved Patty!
Debbie Maskus
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another journey into the world of Richard Jury, Melrose Plant, and Marshall Trueblood. Lucky Melrose Plant who must travel to Africa to learn about the mining of gems and a local artist. The best character award goes to Patty Haigh, a ten-year-old girl, who follows the killer from London to Dubai to Africa. The world of the London taxi drivers amazes me with their knowledge of the streets, sites, and lore of London. Again, the Starrdust windows of animation present a world of imagination and won ...more
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Knowledge” by Martha Grimes is book twenty-four in the Richard Jury series. The story begins in London on Friday, November 1, and traverses across the city and several continents at a frantic pace. Grimes reaches out and pulls in the reader right from the first line.
“He was a dead man and he knew it.”

Robbie Parsons drives a prestigious Black Cab, but he was shocked when shots ring out and the killer jumps into his cab. A fast-paced frantic chase through London ensues with the cabbies and t
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

We begin our story with the kidnapping of Robbie Parsons, a Black Cab driver. After driving around the city with a posh couple in his backseat, he winds up outside of the Artemis Club a casino and art gallery. Suddenly, a menacing man shoots the man and woman and jumps into the backseat of Robbie’s cab. Told to drive, he drives all over the city. He finally drops the shooter off at the Waterloo Station. The man is very polite and leaves him a large tip.

We then meet a gang of kids with th
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-fiction
I usually enjoy Grimes' Richard Jury mysteries more than I did this installment. It may have had something to do with the way the "murder" was set up and by whom. The cast of supporting characters, especially the street-kids, didn't thrill or entertain me (wrong era - they simply came across as wrong 'uns). Plus, Melrose Plant, for such an erudite and otherwise intelligent man, can sometimes be quite obtuse. ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The latest in the Richard Jury series, book #24. Over the years I have read all the books in the series, and am gradually rereading them.

With all the new books, it is necessary to suspend some disbelief, as Jury would actually be quite elderly by now. He seems firmly fixed in youngish middle age.

This book was a bit disappointing. It was very very slow to get going, and it took me three tries before I finally was able to persevere. Jury finally appears in chapter 5, and then only to cast back ve
The Knowledge is the name of a pub, since all the Richard Jury books are named after pubs, but this is a very special one. Cab drivers in London are expected to know all the local landmarks, but none will admit knowing where The Knowledge is, because it's a pub for cabbies only. And it's hidden away where no-one else can find it. Cab drivers play a large part in this book, as do children, especially Patty Haigh, part of a group that haunts train stations and Heathrow, scrounging legally and ille ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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One evening in September Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard has dinner with brilliant scientist David Moffett and his lovely wife Angela. While physics is his profession, Professor Moffett enjoys gambling as a hobby. During their trip to London, David Moffett and Angela arrive at the Artemis Club, one of London’s most glamorous betting venues. As the Moffetts arrive at the Artemis, they are met by a mysterious gunman who murders both of them. When Jury finds out about the murders, he i ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
When it soars, the book really soars: much of the stuff on David Moffit; the cabbies of London and their lovely pub; the "regulars"--those children who cannily know the world and how to move in it, especially Patty Haigh; the parade of Jury's former cases in his memory; Jury's own "regulars" and their talents and antics; all the stuff about the night sky. These are the strong pillars of the novel and they do not disappoint.

But the story of the murders doesn't quite live up to the rest of it. Th
Kathryn in FL
This book has a lot of good going for it. It was interesting and humorous but it was so out of the realm of possibility that I trouble maintaining focus.

Additionally, I got distracted by other books and outside drama. I enjoyed what I was read but I have already read so many other books, I would need to read it from the beginning so I would be able to follow the action.
I had forgotten how much I enjoy Grimes! I love the way she uses pub names, and this one, which references the information London black cab drivers must have, is particularly amusing and exclusive. She also does children well--interesting, bright, independent. The mystery is good with red herrings and twists, not to mention the puns, wit, and generally humorous dialog between series characters--I found myself laughing out loud at one point. But really it's the characters I enjoy. And as my frien ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I hear the name Martha Grimes, like most I automatically think Richard Jury. I fall in love with him a little each time I read a new book. With the books, I have like some better than others. Consistently however, he is the highlight in the books for me. Some may prefer one of his quirky friends who often help him such as Melrose Plant or Marshall Trueblood. Or that usually Ms. Grimes has a unique plot with smart clues but always clever characterization.

In The Knowledge, Martha Grimes has
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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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