The Old Fox Deceiv'd (Richard Jury Series #2)

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Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and his sidekick Melrose Plant converge on a northern fishing village to hunt down a wily killer.

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Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and his sidekick Melrose Plant converge on a northern fishing village to hunt down a wily killer.

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Martha Grimes fans will be thrilled to hear that her second Richard Jury novel, The Old Fox Deceiv'd, is finally back in print after an absence of nearly 20 years. In this traditional English mystery, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard joins forces with noble-born amateur investigator Melrose Plant to unravel a puzzling case in the quaint and usually quiet northern fishing village of Rackmoor: Near midnight on Twelfth Night, on the steep and shadowy Angel Steps of Rackmoor, a costumed reveler is found savagely stabbed to death. The victim is soon identified as a visitor named Gemma Temple, and authorities are puzzled as to who might have had cause to kill a stranger in this usually quiet town. Motives and connections soon abound when it's revealed that the costume she was killed in was only one of the victim's disguises -- that she's been claiming to be Dillys March, the long-missing but seldom-missed ward of a wealthy local landowner and avid fox hunter. This story is vintage Martha Grimes, with well-drawn characters, an evocative setting, and an intricate plot that stands the test of time. Sue Stone
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451410689
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/20/2003
  • Series: Richard Jury Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2005

    One of her best work

    Martha Grimes sets the action at Rackmoor, where a stranger (a woman in this case) has been brutally stabbed to death on his way to a party. The murder seems to connect an old family tragedy with the town, because the murdered woman claimed being the ward of a wealthy noble (the owner of the land and the local pub 'The Old Fox Deceived'). Inspector Richard Jury and Melrose Plant try their best to figure out a solution to a sound and very intricate plot, with clues and fair play for the reader here and there. Grimes concentrates in this novel more in the crux of the story than in comedy, and the result is, in this case, outstanding. There is a recognition to Carter Dickson (like her, american) from Melrose Plant in the book, and the whole constitutes an implicit hommage to golden age british mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    One of Grimes' Best

    The Old Fox Deceived was Martha Grimes¿ second Richard Jury novel. The detective is sent to investigate a murder in a small Yorkshire fishing village. Was the victim the long lost ward of the local nobleman? Was she the victim of mistaken identity? Jury, Sergeant Wiggins, and Melrose Plant uncover more questions than answers. Ms. Grimes stays focused on the case in this mystery. In later books, she includes comic subplots that slow the story line down, but not here. The resolution is suspenseful and well done and the characters are interesting.

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