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The Winds Of Change: A Richard Jury Mystery (Richard Jury #19)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,245 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
"Brian Macalvie of the Devon and Cornwall police takes this failure especially hard, since he had headed up the investigation three years ago when Flora disappeared one day from the Lost Gardens of Heligan." "Scott's step-daughter has vanished. His wife Mary has died." Joined by the intrepid Melrose Plant, now a gardener at Angel Gate, Jury and Macalvie rake over the prese ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 576 pages
Published February 2nd 2005 by Thorndike Press (first published 2004)
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Heidi Babcock
I love Martha Grimes and Richard Jury but have a secret crush on Melrose Plant. What a name! I've read them all and am looking forward to starting over again. I find myself laughing out loud when I'm reading these books.
Craig Monson
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it’s too early to tell after reading only my second Richard Jury mystery, my impression is that Martha Grimes seems to have hit upon a successful, reader-pleasing formula (which is not to say the results are formulaic). The tales of crime seem to offer a framework onto which to pin her characters, many of whom turn up in the pages of one book after another, sometimes in similar situations, and all carefully and, one might say, affectionately described. I look forward to encountering the ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Child abduction. Human trafficking. Pedophilia. Child murder. Martha Grimes' series of so-called "cozy" mysteries has certainly taken a turn to the dark side with the last two or three entries that I've read. None has been darker than this one, number 19, The Winds of Change.

It starts with the inexplicable murder of a tiny girl. Found cast aside like garbage on a London street, she's five or six years old and nameless. No one immediately comes forward to claim her. She has been shot in the back.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the Richard Jury series and have enjoyed them. However, the last few, including this one, seem to be lagging. I am tiring of the odd, precocious children that Grimes seems to feel impelled to include in every book. Although the book is supposedly set in contemporary times (computers, cell phones, etc.), I get a very strong sense that Grimes is stuck in the past, and the book has the feel of the 30s or 40s instead. Overall, I did enjoy the book, because I like the main characte ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They are such a great combination-Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. Between Plant's background sleuthing using his noble background and Jury's stubbornness, evil ends in a backdrop of sorrow. I do love Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series.
Sheila Myers
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another interesting book in the Richard Jury series. I did get a little lost in a couple of places because I've only read one of the other books, but there was enough information given for me to eventually fill in the gaps. I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This one was perfect. The mystery is a bit darker than I like - crimes against children - specifically girls...and I was a bit worried that it would be graphic or full of broken young - very young girls but it turned out ok.

Again, this is taking place a few months after Jury was shot so we are moving from case to case in a pretty tight time frame in these latest books. One thing i began to appreciate in this one is Jury's relationships with the Long Pid group. For the most part this is a group
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number umpteen in Scotland Yard's Chief Superintendent Richard Jury series. Jury once again teams up with Melrose Plant--this time posing as a "turf specialist" at the estate of a wealthy man where an unknown woman was found murdered. Cmdr. Brian Macalvie has called Jury in and he goes willingly, believing there may be a connection between the murdered woman and the murder of a young girl in London.

There is a question of a pedophile ring, of cases of mistaken identity, and as always, deceit and
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serendipity. Synchronicity. I recently read the biography of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higgenson, and now both turn up in a murder mystery. Whoever thinks mysteries are low rent is totally wrong. Grimes is always good and this is one of her best. Jury is involved in solving the killing of a five-year old girl who was also raped. Running in tandem with this death is the death of Jury's cousin, the last of his family with whom he can share memories of his youth. The theme of death is bl ...more
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
This is a pretty good Grimes book, with Richard Jury and Melrose Plant being sardonically dapper around the countryside of Britain. I just wonder why they are asexual. They flirt with girls and Jury lusts after his house mate Carole-anne. There’s a murdered woman no one recognizes on the estate of a man who had a step daughter abducted three years earlier. Her biological father is involved in a pedophilia ring which is revealed when a little girl is shot in the streets of London, and on it goes. ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because it wasn't enough that Grimes delved into statutory rape in her last Jury novel, she had to dip her toe in the pedophile pool for this one. At least there was enough intrigue in this one to make it worth putting up with the unimaginative choices for revenge and murder.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“The Winds of Change” by an American crime writer called Martha Grimes (the crime takes place in England but the investigating officers or should I say cops, if not themselves American speak in an American way) has nothing to do with The Scorpions song, unless Ms Grimes took the title from the song, which would not surprise me, for I ask myself what is not plagiarised in this unpleasant, poorly written so-called mystery. It is the tale of child abduction, child prostitution and murder, recounted ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#19. A young girl shot in the back on a London street. Flora, a young girl kidnapped in Cornwall. Jury, Plant, Macalvie, Cody and scores of other policemen are trying to find the links that connect two innocent children and another woman, shot on Declan Scott's Cornwall estate whore Flora had lived with her Mother and stepfather. Jury is trying to find proof that Flora's birth father is connected to a pedophilia ring and house near where the murdered child was found. Good but disturbing. Plant m ...more
Kathryn White
I wanted to like this book. It had all the ingredients of a storyline that was appealing to me, however I quickly realized that I simply did not know enough about the characters and their history together. I am also a bit rusty on my understanding of the nuances and subtleties of British humor, and I was three-quarters of the way through the book before I began to pick up on the little ironies the author employed. Perhaps I would have been better served not to grab a later edition of the Richard ...more
Sylvia Dugan
I found this saga to be interesting, but disjointed and much too long...a good editor would have been useful during the production of the book.

Although I like the Melrose Plant and Brian MacElvie characters, they didn't hold my interest in this story. Jury is still recovering from his gunshot injury in the previous book and is oddly disconnected until the last section of this one.

Hope things are back to "normal" in the next book in the series.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#19 in Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Richard Jury mystery series. Having recovered from being shot in his previous case, Jury embarks on the darkest investigation of his career with the murder of a young girl in London which appears to be connected Cornwall cold case of a missing girl resulting with Jury again working with Commander Brian Macalvie.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Very nice little maze we were lead through. Loved the last line of the book.
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting mystery. Disappointed at the end - last two chapters seemed anticlimatic.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
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The Winds of Change (Richard Jury, #19)
by Martha Grimes
hardcover and audio edition of 10cd's

MG writes a vivid and graphic text on child sexual abuse. The RJ character expresses all the politically correct emotions: disgust, fury, willingness to lose his job to rescue the little girls. Did you notice that the system he works within puts him at risk of losing his job? This is a sort of sideways view of the police as well as about the crooked police which are necessary to keep thi
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is only the second Richard Jury book I've read and I've obviously missed a lot in between the first Jury book and this, the 19th. There were many references to previous cases that I couldn't get. What I did get, pretty early, was the solution to the mystery, so the end was anticlimactic. There was a fair amount of rehashing the same who-did-what-when info among different characters, which was tedious, as was much of the badinage among the Long Piddlington residents. The story also didn't se ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
It took me awhile to get into the story because the author kept referring to previous incidents in the Inspectors life.

A young child is murdered on the street and no one seems to know who she is or where she came from

A young woman married to a man reputed to be into various illegal activities manages to divorce and leave him taking her small daughter with her. She remarries and when the child is 3 years old she suddenly vanishes from a park she and her mother are visiting. Six months later the m
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery, crime
Part of the Richard Jury series, Inspector Jury is called to help solve the homicide of a young child shot in the back. During his investigations, he is drawn to another case of a young girl gone missing for 3 years and her mother's death 6 months after her disappearance. The father is suspected, having been part of a custody battle for the child and also being a known but unproven procurer of children for pedophiles. When an unidentified woman is found murdered in the garden of the stepfather o ...more
Curt Bobbitt
The creepy pedophilia plot arc of this novel starts with a young girl's body found in the street. The rest of it takes place in Cornwall, so brooding Brian Macalvie is again in the cast of significant characters. The narrative present of this one is March 1996 (the specific year made clear in The Grave Maurice, which takes place in January 1996). Jury compares the parallel investigations to a Restoration comedy because of the disguised identities, nothing new to this series. Literary references, ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martha Grimes is a masterful writer. She tells a story that grips you and holds on until the end. Richard Jury has recuperated from a bullet wound and is called to investigate a cold case. A 5 year old child disappeared two years before and was never found. A woman's body is found on the estate where the child lived before her disappearance and Jury thinks there may be a connection. The child's mother has died from heart disease and her step father is having the gardens restored in her honor. Th ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Winds of Change" is a very descriptive title. Much is changed in this installment of the Richard Jury series. We don't even see much of Wiggins. And much is the same. Much more focus on Jury himself, and yet still good old Melrose. Turns out many of Jury's police compatriots have baggage which is brought out by this particular crime. How they deal with it or not is an interesting and moving read. I wonder how Ms. Grimes came upon the idea that spurs these detectives on, even in the face of ...more
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some books do not translate well to audio. The Martha Grimes series works very well in this format.
This story is extremely engaging, the clues are all set out for you, and the characters are wonderfully done. A little girl went missing in broad daylight 3 years earlier; soon after, her mother dies of natural causes. What happened to her? Why is a woman found dead on the estate where she lived? Are the events connected? And is her natural father involved? I really enjoyed it, and an revisiting ma
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
Martha Grimes always writes interesting mysteries (each being named after a pub). The story starts with the discovery of the body of a 5-year-old girl who has been shot in the back. Through it is woven the further threads of the disappearance years ago of a child who was the daughter of a man suspected of keeping a house which is visited by pedophiles. I read a number of grimes' books before I burned out on them. I enjoyed this audio version but I'm not sure I will go back to reading anymore.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to discover this Martha Grimes book on my shelf that I hadn't read. I am a big fan of her "pub" series. Although Grimes has the strolling style of a British mystery writer, I found this one to be well worth the stroll with all the usual wonderful characters but mostly Jury and Melrose. The way she organized her book with subtitles was a bit fascinating to me. And I discovered why in the very last chapter, guaranteed to fill your room with laughter. No cheating though or you won't ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the Richard Jury series of mysteries. Since Jury is a member of Scotland Yard, it makes sense that he is involved in the investigation of murders, as opposed to a random citizen who always seems to be stumbling across murders wherever he/she goes. Jury is a pretty down-to-earth guy--fairly serious, but decent, and with a sense of humor. There are some pretty quirky characters in the books who add touches of humor: Melrose Plant, Carol Ann, Sargaent Wiggins, to name a few. Still, I find t ...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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