The Five Bells and Bladebone (Richard Jury Series #9)

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When a dismembered corpse is found in the compartments of an antique secretaire a abattant, Marshall Trueblood, recipient of the precious piece of furniture, is the first to protest: "I bought the desk, not the body, send it back." Who would want to kill Simon Lean, the greedy nephew of the wealthy Lady Summerston?

Leave it to Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to suggest a connection to the murder of brassy Limehouse lady named Sadie Driver, found dead near Wapping ...

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Overview

When a dismembered corpse is found in the compartments of an antique secretaire a abattant, Marshall Trueblood, recipient of the precious piece of furniture, is the first to protest: "I bought the desk, not the body, send it back." Who would want to kill Simon Lean, the greedy nephew of the wealthy Lady Summerston?

Leave it to Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to suggest a connection to the murder of brassy Limehouse lady named Sadie Driver, found dead near Wapping Old Stairs...if that stone-cold body on the slipway is really Sadie. Not even her brother, Tommy, on a visit from Gravesend, can swear to it.

In this ninth Richard Jury novel, a beautiful antique offers more than its market value when dealer Marshall Trueblood unwittingly discovers a corpse stuffed inside the rosewood desk he has just haggled out of a wealthy estate owner. "(Grimes) best . . . as moving as it is entertaining . . . a laudable achievement."--USA Today.

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"Grimes's best...as moving as it is entertaining." —USA Today

"One of the most fascinating mystery writers today." —Houston Chronicle

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Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury, visiting his friend Melrose Plant in Long Piddleton, looks into the murder of Simon Lean, whose body is discovered stuffed into an antique secretaire a abattant. Working with help from the usual cast of zany characters, Jury goes about his business in his customary leisurely and self-assured manner and pieces together a very strange tale of greed, jealousy, and murder. The careful reader will have solved the mystery long before the ending. But this ninth in a series, though not Grimes's best, is a welcome addition and sure to be popular. BOMC alternate. JV
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451410382
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/4/2002
  • Series: Richard Jury Series, #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 311,124
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha  Grimes

Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.

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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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  • Posted October 11, 2014

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    Two wonderful murder mysteries, that unfortunately didn't get ti

    Two wonderful murder mysteries, that unfortunately didn't get tied together until halfway through the book. Both lines were well written and kept you guessing about who the responsible party was right up to the end. I liked all the characters except Theo Wrenn Browne. I felt quite sorry for Tommy. Hopefully he was able to escape his aunt/uncle after a couple of more years when he became of age. Plenty of Melrose to keep me happy, but could always be more. I could have stood a little more Carole Anne as well, she's always such a bright ray of sunshine.

    This one did turn somewhat dour with the descriptions of the people and places. It reminded me why I always thought Jury was so melancholy, even though in rereading these novels he's often not very glum.

    The paperback was formatted well with no obvious spelling/grammatical errors, though there were a couple of spots where the ink didn't cover well and some of the letters were only half formed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Love Ms Grimes

    But since I read this book YEARS AGO how can it have a 2013 pub. date? If you can, buy ALL the 'Richard Jury' series by Ms.. Grimes. This was one of the first few and you'll fall in love with him, his butler 'Ruthven'(pronounced 'Rivven'), his best friend,the reluctant Lord;Melrose Plant and Plant's greedy Aunt Agatha. You'll love all of them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Grimes is at her best here!

    In ¿Five Bells and Bladebone¿ Martha Grimes is at her most suspenseful. In this Richard Jury episode, Grimes clearly establishes herself as one of the best of the genre. In this book, a dismembered corpse is found by Marshall Truebood in an antique desk and naturally alerts Supt. Jury of Scotland Yard, who soon establishes a connection between this body and the murder of a woman by the name of Saide Driver of Limehouse. Jury--and crew--is off and running. Grimes fans will recognize Jury¿s ¿team¿--the faithful Sgt. Wiggins, close friend Melrose Plant, his Aunt Agatha. All provide independent and worthy contributions to the overall book. Grimes¿ Jury books are all titled after the names of actual pubs, usually in England. This is a series that is riveting, amusing, suspenseful, colorful, and Grimes is a master at the literary allusion. Not a series to be missed.

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