The Stargazey (Richard Jury Series #15)

The Stargazey (Richard Jury Series #15)

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by Martha Grimes
     
 

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After a luminous blonde leaves, reboards, then leaves the double-decker bus Richard Jury is on, he follows her to the gates of Fulham Palace...and goes no further. Days later, when he hears of the death in the palace's walled garden, Jury will wonder if he could have averted it. But is the victim the same woman Jury saw? As he and Melrose Plant follow the complex

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After a luminous blonde leaves, reboards, then leaves the double-decker bus Richard Jury is on, he follows her to the gates of Fulham Palace...and goes no further. Days later, when he hears of the death in the palace's walled garden, Jury will wonder if he could have averted it. But is the victim the same woman Jury saw? As he and Melrose Plant follow the complex case from the Crippsian depths of London's East End to the headier heights of Mayfair's art scene, Jury will realize that in this captivating woman—dead or alive—he may have finally met his match...

Editorial Reviews

Margo Kaufman
The literary equivalent of a box of Godiva truffles. . .run out and buy it at once. —The Los Angeles Times
Newsweek
One of the established masters of the genre.
Ann Prichard
Delivers the escapist goods. The journey is such fun, the characters appealing. . .and the atmosphere to tapestried that Stargazey is well worth setting your sights on. —USA Today
Marilyn Stasio
Martha Grimes doesn't write them fast enough for me…
The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Another exotic adventure in never-never land for Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and his rich, titled sidekick, Melrose Plant. At the Stargazey pub, Jury observed a striking blond woman in an elegant fur coat. He idly followed her to the gates of Fulham Palace, which she entered while he went about his business. That night, the body of a woman fitting that description (but lacking identification) is found in the Palace gardens—murdered. But Jury knows it's not the same woman. The fur coat provides a trail that leads to old-time movie star Mona Dresser, who'd given the coat to Olivia Inge, her daughter by the late Clive Fabricant. Clive's second wife is Ilona Kuraukov, aristocratic mother of Nicholas and Sebastian, art gallery owners. At this point, Jury enlists old friend and unofficial aide Melrose Plant to find out more about the Fabricants. The murder victim has finally been identified as one Nancy Pastis, a widow with an alibi and a weird story of a vanished child to tell. Meanwhile, Melrose's efforts at the gallery and at Boring's, his London club, bring him a couple of good paintings, a lone dud, and a burgeoning friendship with elderly club member Simeon Pitt, one-time art critic for the Times and slated to become the second victim of one of Grimes's least believable killers. Melrose's own life is soon at risk, only to be saved by an unlikely rescuer. Vignettes of life in Melrose's village, Long Piddleton; a pungent take on the contemporary art scene; a steady stream of loopy characters—all help to make Grimes's 15th Jury outing (The Case Has Altered) great fun. Just don't look for common sense or logic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451408976
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Richard Jury Series, #15
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
344,878
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
May 2, 1931
Place of Birth:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., M.A., University of Maryland
Website:
http://www.marthagrimes.com

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