The Horse You Came in On (Richard Jury Series #12)

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"Intricate and entertaining . . . A delicious puzzle." The Boston Globe
The murder is in America, but the call goes out to Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury. Accompanied by his aristocratic friend Melrose Plant and by Sergeant Wiggins, Jury arrives in Baltimore, Maryland, home of zealous Orioles fans, mouth-watering crabs, and Edgar Allan Poe. In his efforts to solve the case, Jury rubs elbows with a delicious and suspicious cast of characters, embarking on a trail that leads to a unique tavern called ...

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Overview

"Intricate and entertaining . . . A delicious puzzle." The Boston Globe
The murder is in America, but the call goes out to Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury. Accompanied by his aristocratic friend Melrose Plant and by Sergeant Wiggins, Jury arrives in Baltimore, Maryland, home of zealous Orioles fans, mouth-watering crabs, and Edgar Allan Poe. In his efforts to solve the case, Jury rubs elbows with a delicious and suspicious cast of characters, embarking on a trail that leads to a unique tavern called "The Horse You Came In On" . . .

The newest national bestseller by the author of The Old Contemptibles brings beloved British sleuth Richard Jury to America to solve a slew of slayings in Baltimore--the city of Edgar Allen Poe. "Clever . . . (a) waggish new mystery."--The New York Times Book Review.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her latest Richard Jury novel (after The Old Contemptibles ), Grimes sends her Scotland Yard superintendent to the States to investigate a murder but assigns most of the sleuthing to his pal Melrose Plant. Jury and Inspector Wiggins take a busman's holiday in Baltimore to look into the murder of a young American, the nephew of a friend of Jury's acquaintance Lady Cray, at a cabin in Pennsylvania. Plant has come along to visit his friend Ellen Taylor, a novelist whose student at Johns Hopkins was recently murdered near the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. The intricate plot also involves the murder of a homeless man in a Baltimore alley and unfolds in oblique, unexpected turns, hinging on the partial manuscript, found by the dead student, of what might be a lost Poe short story and on the ambitions of descendants of an old Baltimore family. Jury and Wiggins talk to local police and shopkeepers; Plant tours Baltimore with Hughie the cabbie, picking up clues; and Ellen writes (while chained to her chair) the sequel to her first novel while agonizing over its near plagiarism by another writer. Notable for its themes of authorship and authenticity and for the cast of delightfully eccentric characters--who gather each day at a blue-collar bar called The Horse You Came In On--this mystery, with its feathery plot and fey, lighthearted tone, moves in quite a different direction than earlier Jury tales. Not bad, just different. 100,000 first printing; Mystery Book Club main selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. (July)
Michiko Kakutani
Grimes nimbly orchestrates the suspense, giving the reader a sense of impending disaster.
— The New York Times
Mary Cantwell
She is working in the great tradition...good news for addicts -- crime with style.
— Vogue
Kirkus Reviews
Is any mystery writer more generous than Grimes in spinning out subplots and a supporting cast? In bringing Scotland Yard's superintendent Richard Jury to America to investigate the murder of young Philip Calvert, who worked in Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation, she provides not only two other murders (Baltimore street person John- Joy and ambitious Johns Hopkins Ph.D. candidate Beverly Brown) that might be connected—and just how they're connected is the best surprise here—but also a newly discovered story that Brown insisted was by Edgar Allan Poe (yes, we get to read the whole thing); a minimalist novelist, Brown's teacher, who chains herself to her writing desk; Jury sidekick Melrose Plant's swooping excursion into early Baltimore genealogy (courtesy of a riotously misinformed cabbie); and much, much more. As in Jury's recent cases (The Old Contemptibles, 1990, etc.), the high-spirited feast of episodes, settings, and allusions—from Chatterton to Barry Levinson to a secondhand store called Nouveau Pauvre—is too sumptuous for Jury or his fans to digest fully. But if some readers will complain that Grimes has left a million loose ends, nobody will rise from this table still hungry. (First printing of 100,000)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345387554
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Series: Richard Jury Series, #12
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 241,647
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Grimes is a mystery fan's must-read. Dark enough for depth, upbeat enough to foster optimism on gray days.

    I first read Grimes' Richard Jury novels randomly over several years, but recently I reread them in sequence and appreciated her even more. Without being "literary," her work would sustain critical inquiry, because it is enormously literate--and hip, too--and explores meaning more than popular fiction is expected to. Her plots aren't ostentatiously clever or fiendish, but probable and interesting, especially as they accrue in the long run. But it's her characters I love, whose company I hunger for when there's no Richard Jury new novel in my hand. I own the complete series, because they're worth rereading, in sequence, every five or ten years, or individually, whenever I feel like studying one.

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  • Posted December 16, 2014

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    Not my favorite Jury novel. I do remember reading this before

    Not my favorite Jury novel. I do remember reading this before when it first came out and thought it not up to par with most of the earlier novels, and this second time through confirmed that impression for me.

    Plenty of Melrose. Actually, I really like the mystery part dealing with Melrose, Jury and Wiggins. But none of the new characters involved pulled me in, most were simply there and flat. The whole thing with the stories (those written by Melrose, Trueblood, Ellen, Salve and Poe) being read out by the characters were annoying at best. I liked the setting in Baltimore, and it was kind of nostalgic hearing about the quest for a new NFL team. All in all, I was rather underwhelmed by half the book and thought it was saved by the parts actually dealing with the main characters investigating the murders.

    The hardcover was formatted well with only a couple of spelling/grammar errors

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