The Man with a Load of Mischief (Richard Jury Series #1)

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At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer. Except for one Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the ...

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Overview

At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer. Except for one Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the right direction: into the darkest parts of his neighbors’ hearts…

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What People Are Saying

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“For readers who value wit, atmosphere and charm.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
“Grimes captures the flavor of British village life…Long may she write Richard Jury mysteries.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“[Grimes’s novel] is cast in the mold of the great British mysteries and comes complete with all the classic elements.”—The San Diego Union
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451410818
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2003
  • Series: Richard Jury Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 154,165
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 4.24 (h) x 0.78 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Great Mystery

    I am reading this series for the second time and Martha Grimes is once again providing me with a good mystery. Her characters come to life and her plots are intriguing. This is a wonderful gift for a mystery lover who is new to Martha Grimes; the gift is exponential as she is a prolific writer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    This Is a Good Read

    The first Martha Grimes book I read was "The Winds of Change", and though I didn't particularly like the pedophile theme, I fell in love with Richard Jury. I later ran across "The Old Wine Shades" and realized there was a whole series of Richard Jury stories! Yeah!!! I read yet another out of sequence, and finally decided that I wanted to start at the beginning to learn how Jury and his friends met, and read all of the stories in order. While I did really enjoy this book, it has more "old English" verbiage than the later books, and I found some of it to be a little tedious and even difficult to read. In one chapter there was one whole paragraph that I didn't understand, but it didn't really affect the story, so I just continued to read. It's not as intense as some mysteries, and not as graphic as some crime novels, but it's colorful and interesting, and worth the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Great Book

    My sister gave me this book to read. (my sister is a reader) Ive read the entire series and this book is a wonderful beginning. I have the biggest crush on Richard Jury. What a wonderful lead character and the supporting characters are great to. I love books that I can escape into and this is one of those kinds of books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

    If you enjoy English mysteries...

    I had never read any books by Martha Grimes before, and I'm glad I read this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You are given a glimpse into Jury's character and personality, and his sidekick Melrose Plant is a perfect foil. This story proves that even in a small village, 'still waters run deep'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Too old fashioned

    I liked Agatha Christie, but this was too much old British writing. My parents say they like them, but it's too much for me.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    A treat!

    I read this series several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Martha Grimes is just as good the second time around. Anyone new to this author should prepare for a treat!

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    A delightful little tale of murder in a sleepy little English vi

    A delightful little tale of murder in a sleepy little English village. I've read several of the Jury books, but never this first one. It was fun getting to know these characters again as they were introduced by Grimes. Melrose is my favorite, but Jury and Wiggins are wonderful as well. Agatha is just an annoying old woman, but I love how Melrose deals with her. Jury had always come across as a rather melancholy character to me, but not in this book. The story flowed well and it was quite easy to keep the various characters separate.

    The eBook was formatted well with no obvious spelling/grammatical errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Have just re read this again. Cast characters will even outand some stay charactures

    Good classuc english read some better than others the orphan child dickens stronger in some than others may not be a keeper but a satisfying read except for two thats readers choice andwont say buska

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    A favorite series

    Such a fun series. I love the regular characters and wish I could sit down with them in the pub.

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