The Five Bells and Bladeboneby Martha Grimes
Leave it to Superintendent Richard Jury
When a dismembered corpse is found in the compartments of an antique writing bureau, 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.
Meet the Author
Bestselling author Martha Grimes is the author of more than thirty books, including twenty-two Richard Jury mysteries. She is also the author of Double Double, a dual memoir of alcoholism written with her son. The winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award, Grimes lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
- Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
- Date of Birth:
- May 2, 1931
- Place of Birth:
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- B.A., M.A., University of Maryland
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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.
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!
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.