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									Martha GrimesMartha Grimes
Martha Grimes is one of the few authors left carrying on the British detective mystery tradition, and doing it well. Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury and sidekick Melrose Plant continue to enthrall readers with their clever, darkly humorous crime-solving careers.

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Fact File

Martha Grimes
Current Home:
Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
B.A., M.A., University of Maryland

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Grimes's Latest Jury Mystery

Selected Novels

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								Dust, Author: 
								Martha Grimes.

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by Martha Grimes
A seductive lead detective, a dark WWII secret, and the works of Henry James are all integral elements of this un-put-downable mystery from Grimes starring aging New Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury.
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								Blue Last, Author: 
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*  The End of the Pier (1992)
*  Hotel Paradise (1996)
*  The Case Has Altered (1997)
*  Cold Flat Junction (2001)
*  The Blue Last (2001)
*  The Grave Maurice (2002)
*  Foul Matter (2003)
*  The Winds of Change (2004)
*  Belle Ruin (2005)
*  The Old Wine Shades (2006)
*  Dust (2007)

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Grimes's "Foul" Play

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								Foul Matter, Author: 
								Martha Grimes.

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Foul Matter
by Martha Grimes
The New York Times on Grimes's latest novel, that's creating a buzz amongst the literati: "The serpentine plot is fun to follow... But it's the nasty inside stuff -- from the Dickensian names for authors and their publishing houses to the barbaric rituals of a power lunch -- that incites rolling in the aisles. A reader can only hope that Grimes made it all up."

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Recommendations from Martha Grimes

In 2001, Barnes & asked Grimes what she had read lately and enjoyed. She responded: "An Instant of the Fingerpost. Boy, do I wish I'd written that. It's simply remarkable, a Rashomon-style of story, told from several different viewpoints with a knockout of an ending. Charlotte Gray. Not as compelling as Birdsong, but still an example of gorgeous writing. A Man in Full. I loved it (along with several million other readers, I guess)."

*  An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
*  Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
*  A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe

Checking into Another Series

Historically Successful

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								The End of the Pier, Author: 
								Martha Grimes.

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The End of the Pier
by Martha Grimes
Grimes's first novel to depart from the Jury series is set in Western Maryland, where the author spent summer in her mother's hotel. The End of the Pier focuses on a sheriff's attempt to nab a serial killer operating in his sleepy town; the next two titles star a 12-year-old girl staying at -- where else? -- a hotel owned by her mother. It's a softer side of Grimes.

*Hotel Paradise  by Martha Grimes
*Cold Flat Junction  by Martha Grimes
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								The Case Has Altered, Author: 
								Martha Grimes.

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The Case Has Altered
by Martha Grimes
Even a Pulitzer-winning historian needs to add a little fun to his reading diet. John Adams author David McCullough usually has several titles going at once, according to NPR; and in 2002, one of those books was this 1997 double-murder mystery from the Jury series.

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