Spending time with old friends

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The Old Success by Martha Grimes

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

A beautiful French tourist is murdered, her body washed up on the Cornish coast.  Two little girls find her body.  Divisional Commander Brian Macalvie doesn’t know what to make of it.  While he and Inspector Richard Jury start their investigation, two more murders occur.  Macalvie and Jury turn to Tom Brownell.  Brownell is retired now but he’s known for solving every case, but one, that he worked on.  Brownell is convinced that the murders are connected.  Will this be the second case that Brownell doesn’t solve?

There’s nothing better than spending time with old friends.  This is the 25th Richard Jury mystery that Ms. Grimes has written, with the first one having been published in 1981.  I’ve read every one of them, including a couple of her standalones.  The mystery always seems to be almost insignificant as its Grimes’ characters that draw me to her books.  She has written some of the most loved, eccentric and humorous characters I’ve ever read.  I was in stitches in this current book when Melrose Plant brings in a young boy who he tells Aunt Agatha is a blood relation and Aunt Agatha squirms from the thought that she might not inherit everything after all.  I love this author’s wry sense of humor.  I do think that it would be wise to read from the start of this series to get the full benefit of the development of these characters.  A new reader starting with this one may feel a bit lost without the backstory.

Recommended.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

 

Entertaining exotic mystery

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The Knowledge by Martha Grimes

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

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 to Reno, Nevada to Tanzanian gem mines and even to Africa.

While I don’t often read cozy mysteries any longer, Martha Grimes is one author that I always return to.  I’ve read each of her books and it was quite a pleasure to once again spend time with her unique, eccentric characters.  This book also introduced us to a gang of young children, particularly the clever Patty Haight, who were all delightful.  Ms. Grimes’ books are character and humor driven and are unlike any other mystery series.  From Richard Jury to his aristocrat friend Melrose Plant to dear Wiggins, Marshall Trublood, Carole-Anne, Diane and Vivian and even the mischievous cat Cyril, all such beloved characters.  I did miss Aunt Agatha in this particular book.  Logic and believability may be lacking in the mystery department but her books more than make up for it in the character department.

Recommended as are all of Martha Grimes’ books.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.