The Horse You Came in On (Richard Jury Series #12)by Martha Grimes
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
"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" . . .
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Meet the Author
Martha Grimes has come a long way since her first Richard Jury mystery was plucked from the publishing house slush pile. There are now more than twenty novels in the bestselling series that stars Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury, including Vertigo 42 (with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie Vertigo), The Black Cat, and The Blue Last. Grimes is also the author of the novels Foul Matter, Fadeaway Girl, and others. In 2012, she won the Grand Master Award from The Mystery Writers of America.
- 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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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.
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
The Horse You Came In On continues the story of the Richard Jury, Scotland Yard Superintendent. In the 12th book in the Richard Jury series, a murder takes place in a cabin in the States. Richard Jury is called into the case by an old acquaintance, Lady Cray. Accompanying him to Boston are his reluctant friend Melrose Plant and Sergeant Wiggins. While in Boston, they are joined by a promising by the name of Ellen Taylor. Although Richard plays a major part in the story, Melrose Plant does most of the expert sleuthing. The book has a slow, thoughtful feel that is more fit for the older and passionate reader. I think that if this book is not rushed, it can be enjoyed by any reader. Mystery is everywhere in a new setting for Richard Jury. The first unsettling murder is the least of there problems as two other murders are soon entrusted to the group. The murder of a homeless man and the death of a university student play a part in the intricate plot. Inspectors Jury and Wiggins tour the local shops looking for clues, while Melrose Plant goes around Baltimore looking for even more clues. Ellen Taylor writes her second novel while enraged at the near plagiarism of her first novel. Each night they all gather at a local pub called "The Horse You Came In On" to discuss their findings. This mystery is well plotted but can lead into many directions. The description in the book is incredible, but it can at times confuse the reader. With various subplots and a great set of characters, the book shows a style of mystery unique to Martha Grimes. This book will not disappoint. I hope you enjoy it.