The Stargazey

The Stargazey

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by Martha Grimes
     
 

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Saturday night. It was not a night to be spending alone, riding a bus. When he was a teenager at the comprehensive, Saturday night without a girl, without a date, without at least your mates to raise hell with, Saturday night alone would have been shameful. One wouldn’t want to be seen alone on a Saturday night…. Who are you kidding? That was never your… See more details below

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Saturday night. It was not a night to be spending alone, riding a bus. When he was a teenager at the comprehensive, Saturday night without a girl, without a date, without at least your mates to raise hell with, Saturday night alone would have been shameful. One wouldn’t want to be seen alone on a Saturday night…. Who are you kidding? That was never your life, Jury, not yours.

Editorial Reviews

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
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.
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:
9781476732985
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Series:
A Richard Jury Mystery
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
71,890
File size:
2 MB

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