Rainbow's End (Richard Jury Series #13)

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An elderly tapister keels over in Exeter Cathedral while viewing the famous embroidered rondels. A woman's body is found in Salisbury, and in London yet another woman dies from supposed "natural causes." But there are no natural causes in a Martha Grimes novel or in the world inhabited by Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent Richard Jury. Is there a link connecting these three women? Of course. Jury is convinced that the link is Santa Fe, New Mexico. Leaving Melrose Plant, ex-earl and amateur sleuth, to pursue ...
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Overview

An elderly tapister keels over in Exeter Cathedral while viewing the famous embroidered rondels. A woman's body is found in Salisbury, and in London yet another woman dies from supposed "natural causes." But there are no natural causes in a Martha Grimes novel or in the world inhabited by Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent Richard Jury. Is there a link connecting these three women? Of course. Jury is convinced that the link is Santa Fe, New Mexico. Leaving Melrose Plant, ex-earl and amateur sleuth, to pursue inquiries in London, Jury heads over to the States, where, surrounded by turquoise jewelry and a thirteen-year-old girl with a pet coyote, he searches for and finds an astonishing web of greed, murder, and mayhem.

When three women die of "natural causes" in England, there appears to be no connection. But Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury has other ideas, and before long he's following his instincts to Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, he mingles with an odd assortment of characters and tangles with a twisted plot that stretches from England to the American Southwest.

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Set only a few weeks after the end of The Horse You Came In On, the newest case for Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent Richard Jury wings him back to the U.S. Jury is initially inclined to dismiss the similarities among three sudden deaths: those of two British women, one in Exeter Cathedral and the other in the Tate Gallery, and that of Angela Hope, a Santa Fe silversmith visiting Salisbury's Old Sarum. But he revises his opinion when he learns that all three women had recently been in New Mexico at the same time. Abandoning the hypochondriacal Sgt. Wiggins to the delicious pleasures of a hospital stay, Jury heads to the States, delegating to his civilian sleuthing partner, Melrose Plant, the task of tracking down Lady Jenny Kennington-who has vanished just when the local Stratford-on-Avon police have reasons to find her. In Santa Fe, clues are thin, although Mary Dark Hope, the American victim's 13-year-old sister-whose best friend is a nearly tame coyote-is convinced that her sister was murdered. Shrewdness (and a smidgen of serendipity) finally nudge Jury toward real insight-and the realization that another life is in danger. Once again, Grimes hooks her readers with the engaging Jury and friends, and with skillful tucking of hints into unexpected corners. 75,000 first printing; Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild alternate. (June)
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Greed, murder, and mayhem make the rounds between London, the English countryside, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, as Scotland Yard's superintendent/sleuth Richard Jury investigates not one, but three, murders amidst some wonderfully eccentric characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679762287
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print
  • Publication date: 8/8/1995
  • Series: Richard Jury Series , #13
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 581

Meet the Author

Martha  Grimes
Martha Grimes
Martha Grimes is one of the few authors left carrying on the British detective mystery tradition, and doing it well. Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury and sidekick Melrose Plant continue to enthrall readers with their clever, darkly humorous crime-solving careers.

Biography

"No, I'm not English, but nothing quickens my imagination more than a fog-bound moor, windy heath, river mist in an old fishing village, and the names of British pubs like The Stargazey," Martha Grimes has written, and it's this quirk of hers that has made her one of the best loved modern practitioners of the venerable whodunit.

All of the titles in Grimes's bestselling Richard Jury series are taken from actual pubs, and all of them feature said pub in some fashion. "I can imagine the end of British hope and glory, but not the end of the British pub," she explains. So, too, it is hard to imagine the end of these deft, witty mysteries, begun in 1981 with The Man with a Load of Mischief, featuring a lugubrious Scotland Yard superintendent (Jury) and his art-collecting sidekick (Melrose Plant).

Grimes has a particular talent for combining heavy gloom with an unmistakable humor that's as subtle and dry as a soda cracker – a good thing, since the Jury casebook tends to be dark, twisted, and rather gruesome. But she always infuses her characters with human motivations and is careful to set up a chain of clues that ultimately discloses them. In addition, she's been known to thread in an unlikely theme here and there – NFL football, poetry references, animal rights, even hormone replacement therapy.

It's clear that Grimes likes to stretch her legs a bit, bringing Jury and his eccentric friends Stateside for a few cases and occasionally foraying beyond the series with novellas, standalones, and some interconnected literary fiction featuring teenage heroines. No doubt these changes of pace help keep the author's skills sharp and honed and ensure for her a wider and more growing readership.

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Unlike many mystery writers, Grimes does not outline her plots ahead of time or even profess to know where they are headed when she begins writing. "I am not overly concerned with plot as such," she explains on her web site. "Obviously, if you start with a chapter such as the one above and intend the story to proceed from it, you could write yourself into a corner. I always do. In The Case Has Altered, I didn't know until I was nearly finished with it who had killed these women or why."

Grimes's father was city solicitor of Pittsburgh, and her mother owned a hotel in western Maryland. As a girl, she spent half her time in Pittsburgh and the other half at her mother's hotel in a little town called Mountain Lake Park.

Although her western Maryland-set series that began with The End of the Pier has earned its own fans, there's no denying that for most Grimes readers, it's all about Jury. If she needed a reminder of this, she got one in the loads of hate mail she received for abandoning Richard Jury to write Pier.

Grimes has taught creative writing at various colleges, including the small Maryland community school Montgomery College and the more prestigious Johns Hopkins University. Comparing the two in a Washington Post interview, the mordant Grimes noted of JHU, "Not one pompous ass in the whole program ... The pompous asses are at Montgomery College."

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    1. Hometown:
      Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 2, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A., M.A., University of Maryland
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