The Blue Last (Richard Jury Series #17)

The Blue Last (Richard Jury Series #17)

by Martha Grimes
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Blue Last (Richard Jury Series #17) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
AnonMI More than 1 year ago
Now I remember why I stopped reading Grimes books.  They began to bore me.   I had hoped that things had changed when I bought this book, but they haven't. The long drawn out art lessons were just too, too much for me.  When I buy a mystery book, I want a mystery not an art lesson.  The entire book was a long drawn out affair that made me believe that Grimes was just marking time, not attached to her subject.Not recommended.
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MargiOR More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, I bought Hotel Paradise by Martha Grimes and never got into it. After I finish every single Richard Jury novel, I may try other Grimes novels again. The Richard Jury books are absolutely wonderful. Clean, witty writing, always a good story and wonderful characters that never get too cute. When I fell in love with the first one, I was delighted to learn that there were many others. I think I'm on my tenth, and intend to read every one. The Blue Last is an interesting story and a very good mystery.
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The Blue Last is one of Martha Grimes's later Richard Jury novels. Although the characters are well drawn and the plot interesting, the resolution is so far out in left field you can¿t see it coming. Ms. Grimes's solutions to her mysteries are often weak and this one is no exception. That said, she is a n enjoyable writer and this book will probably please you if you are a fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its the first book I have read from Martha Grimes and I thought it was great even better than that of the Harry Potter Series. I can't wait to find another Martha Grimes Book. The best part of this is I am only 14 years old!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished the Blue Last and I was so disappointed with the last chapter, and all those blank pages that followed. I would like to see another book tying up all the loose ends, a more satisfying ending to a book I enjoyed almost to the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I turned the page as Jury lay bleeding to death and found blank pages! Did someone forget to finish the last chapter? I'm hooked on these books and am dissapointed to find this one end so abruptly with no future for all these wonderful characters!
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I have read all of Martha Grimes. I've pretty much enjoyed all the Richard Jury novels. Grimes went through a poetry stage. I felt this was back to basics. Hoping for a new Jury novel.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a big Martha Grimes fan. I've even read quite a few of her books more than once, but I was a little disappointed in her latest book 'The Blue Last.' I really like her writing because she makes you feel as though you know her characters, and she makes you care about them. I like the fact that she uses most of the same characters in all her books. When she puts out a new book, it¿s like reading a letter about how some old friends are doing. She's very descriptive, so it's easy to picture in your mind the scenery and the characters. The two things I did not like about The Blue Last were: a) it rambled on a bit too much, and (b) the ending left too many unanswered questions. Of course, I¿m still looking forward to her next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too feel that this book was difficult to get through. There seemed to be a lot of jumping around, and it got confusing in parts. Too many characters thrown in. Also the ending was very unsatisfying. Too many questions were left to be answered. I was really disappointed in this one. I love Martha Grimes' books, and have read a few of them more than once. I certainly hope she writes another Richard Jury book soon!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I COULD HARDLY WAIT FOR A NEW GRIMES BOOK TO COME OUT AND I ALWAYS BOUGHT HARD BACK BOOKS, AS I COULDN'T WAIT FOR THE PAPERBACK BOOKS. NOT ANYMORE, I FEEL THAT GRIMES HAS LOST SOMETHING. IT TOOK BE ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO GET THROUGH THIS BOOK, WHICH I USUALLY FINISH IN TWO TO THREE DAYS. I FEEL THAT HER BOOKS HAVE BECOME VERY DISJOINTED FOR ME. I HOPE THAT THIS NEXT BOOK IS BETTER AND LESS DISJOINTED. I HAVE READ ALL HER BOOKS
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of the Richard Jury books and have thoroughly enjoyed them until the Blue Last. Ms Grimes leaves the whole story hanging in the last chapter. Are we to assume that Jury dies and what happens to Gemma? What a sad disappointment this book is. I do hope there will be more R. Jury novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for the next Martha Grimes mystery featuring Richard Jury. This was a fabulous read. The characters and dialogue are great. I also enjoy reading about Jury's friend Melrose Plant because he always winds up in the middle of the mystery. This book kept me guessing until the end and the murderer was quite a surprise. I would recommend this book and all previous Richard Jury mysteries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a Martha Grimes enthusiast, I always very impatiently await her latest Richard Jury novel. The characters are rich, full of feeling, loyal and totally unforgettable. Indulging in one of these books is like having a weekend away with an old friend. I found The Blue Last to be as wonderful as I expected. My only complaint is 'waiting' for the next installment. I find it helps to read these from the first novel which I believe to be 'The Man With a Load of Mischief'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grimes has done it again. To open a new 'Richard Jury mystery' is to resume a treasured acquaintance with the best and truest of friends -- every one memorable for his/her quirkiness and (with the possible exception of Aunt Agatha), loveable for his/her eccentricities. The 'mysteries' are ingenious, the plot twists always clever, and the characters often hilarious -- but never laughable. Ms. Grimes exhibits a real warmth and understanding of human foibles, even among the most loathesome.
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Readers have been wondering, and now they can rest assured! He¿s back! And, if you¿ll pardon the pun, with a bang! Richard Jury, the mainstay character of Martha Grimes¿ immensely successful British police procedural series (the titles are all names of actual pubs) centralizes the action in her latest, ¿The Blue Last,¿ in what will surely quieten critics of her last Jury (¿The Lamorna Wink¿) as having too little Jury (he¿d been sent to North Ireland for investigations and other characters conducted this investigation!). No matter. Grimes produces one of her best with ¿The Blue Last¿! In 1939, during a bombing blitz by the Germans, the Blue Last, a pub owned by the Tynedale Brewing Company, is destroyed and in it, the daughter of the Tynedale family. By sheer luck (coincidence?), the family nanny had only moments before taken the daughter¿s baby girl, Maisie, out of the pub for some fresh air, leaving her own baby, of the same age, in the pub, and thus to her own doom as well. Enter DCI Mickey Haggarty of the London police, who, almost 60 years later, has reason to suspect that, actually, the babies¿ identities had been switched and the heiress to the Tynedale fortune is actually the nanny¿s own daughter! Haggarty calls in his longtime friend Jury to assist. Judy is skeptical. However, Haggarty reveals that he is dying of terminal cancer, with only a few weeks to live and Jury cannot refuse. However, enter Murder One, in Haggarty¿s own patch, yet, coincidentally, the victim, Simon Croft, is a close friend of the Tynedale family, who¿s been writing a book of the London war years. The book has disappeared. Was it because he was about to expose a scandal in the Tynedale family as well? Thus, now the two cases are inextricably intertwined. And with these basic premises, Grimes is off for the chase. And ¿The Blue Last¿ is vintage Grimes. Jury is clearly in command of the investigation and of the book and Grimes seems comfortable in letting Scotland Yard take charge. But the book is not simply about investigating a murder. All the Long Pidd characters come forging to the front, too, as Grimes delights in ¿shaking them from the branches.¿ It¿s Christmas, with its collateral imagary, atmosphere, and tone, which the reader readily picks up. Grimes takes a detour for a couple of chapters as she stops the Jury deliberation of his own investigation to permit Melrose Plant and Marshall Trueblook to make a quick trip to Florence to authenticate what Trueblood hopes is a genuine Masaccio polyptych, which he¿d bought for a steal at a local antiques shop. It¿s an excellent breather, as it were, a genuine bit of comic relief (actually it¿s difficult to find characters more comical than the Long Pidd crowd, as readers of this series know full well!). And she offers some good art history lessons as well! Noteworthy, too, is that the author has taken the time to answer many questions about her characters, especially Jury, himself a survivor of the London Blitz (his mother was killed during a bombing raid and his father died in action as an RAF pilot). There are few questions about him that can be asked. Certainly, Grimes seems to feel she¿s answered them all. She also seems to make this one even more personal to her own nature. A complex man, an ideal protagonist for any novel, Jury is a man who refuses to compromise his well-founded principles, yet compassion, understanding, and sympathy for all those who deserve it are within his character range. Coupled with these descriptives, Grimes adds her other memorable characters, all with their own expanse of complexity and depth. All the accolades aside, some readers may find the ending a bit unsettling; indeed, it¿s a strong ending for a Jury novel. Yet, to the alert reader, Grimes is fully in charge and the ending is in keeping with the rest of the book, no more, no less. And one¿s reaction to the ending, of course, sh