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Dust (Richard Jury Series #21)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

strong police procedural

In Clerkenwell, England though he is only thirteen years old, Benny Keegan looks much older so is able obtain work as a helper in the kitchen of Zetter¿s restaurant, a place with rooms. Waiter Gilbert Snow asks Benny to deliver a meal to the room of Billy Maples, but t...
In Clerkenwell, England though he is only thirteen years old, Benny Keegan looks much older so is able obtain work as a helper in the kitchen of Zetter¿s restaurant, a place with rooms. Waiter Gilbert Snow asks Benny to deliver a meal to the room of Billy Maples, but the young teen finds a corpse in the room. Benny immediately calls his friend Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury. --- Islington Inspector Lu Aguilar leads the investigation into the room service homicide, but Richard forces his way on the case especially since he plans to sleep with her. Both have no problem in bed, but struggle to find a motive for murder because Billy seemed to have no enemies and though wealthy the inheritance went to his even more affluent father. With the assistance of his pal Melrose Plant, Richard tries to figure out who killed the lover of William James¿ novels only to find ties between friends and family to a WWI atrocity that still fails to explain why Billy was killed. --- In his twentieth plus appearance, Jury is at his best as he investigates the homicide in which leads prove false and he slowly peels away the mendicant masks of those close to the victim even more interesting is his attraction to Lu. Readers will appreciate his inquiries as he digs deeper into what the family and friends try to conceal from him. The whodunit leaves the romance in the DUST as this is a strong police procedural. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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I am left totaly bewildered as to why and who.To read an entire book and be left with only questions at the end is frustrating to say the least.I am saddened that this book seems more of a trash novel with it's hero losing his moral standing than anything else.Why bothe...
I am left totaly bewildered as to why and who.To read an entire book and be left with only questions at the end is frustrating to say the least.I am saddened that this book seems more of a trash novel with it's hero losing his moral standing than anything else.Why bother to read any more of Grimes series if the endings will be so confusing.

posted by Anonymous on May 25, 2008

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    Another Jury/Plant outing

    Martha Grimes comes up with some interesting plot twists, but overall the book is a disappointment. As with prior outings, the characters are not well-rounded and the affect is somehow flat. The dog, as usual, is the most interesting character. Better to read Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Alexander McCall Smith, or Lindsey Davis, for believable plots, engrossing characters, and settings that appear to actually be lived-in. For those wanting lush romance with their mystery, try J.D. Robb.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Left in the dark

    Contains all of the elements that have made this series fun to read. However, at the end, I was completely left in the dark as to the motivations and even some of the details of how it all fit together. The book feels about one chapter short.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Read to see if Jury can solve a simple murder

    Story from England that involves all the friends of Jury. The murder seems a simple, but jury and friends find that the crime is more difficult and the plot thickens as they find a track to World War II. The plot leads too a cafe called "dust". See if you can solve the murder before they do. A nice weekend reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    A bit confused

    I'm a little confused with the ending. Maybe she left the loose threads of the plot untied on purpose for her next Jury novel. I feel there is a continuation coming. I would hope so. As for the ending, it is unresolved. Jury's sexual obsession with this new character is a little silly. Not up to the standards of her former novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    Dust...will collect on this book!

    As I long-time fan of the Richard Jury mysteries, I am not enthusiastic about the direction the series has taken. Even Jury, by his own admittance, feels he is messing up his life, although he phrased that rather differently. In this most recent installment, Grimes writes more about her research and less about her characters. Almost entirely lost is the witty rapport we have come to expect from Melrose and his merry band at the pub, and their contributions to solving yet another of Jury¿s cases. Readers are reacquainted with characters from the past, including the human-canine partnerships of Harry and Mungo, and Benny and Sparky. Into this mix is added a new personality in the form of attractive female Inspector Lu Aguilar. Enticed, Jury joins her not just to solve the murder of a wealthy young man, but also to create a few mysteries of their own, offering readers a new insight into Richard Jury, but one I don¿t believe they will embrace. In the process of unraveling the deceptions surrounding this mystery, we revisit his previous case, bringing another encounter with Harry, along with Godel and the dead or alive cat. We also become acquainted with the writings of Henry James, perhaps more acquainted than we would wish to be, while barely skimming the surface of the real workings of Bletchley Park, an intriguing story in its own right. One reading is it for me, as I suspect it will be for most of Jury¿s fans. This book will be relegated to the bookshelf, where it will, I predict, collect dust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2007

    Confused

    Usual favorite side kicks, but I don't understand why the need to make Jury a sex-god, and I was left completely confused as to the actual roles of some of the key characters in this drama. Way too many sidelines and not enough answers

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