Help the Poor Struggler

Help the Poor Struggler

by Martha Grimes
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Help the Poor Struggler by Martha Grimes

Around bleak Dartmoor, where the Hound of the Baskervilles once bayed, three children have been brutally murdered. Now Richard Jury of Scotland Yard joins forces with a hot-tempered local constable named Brian Macalvie to track down the killer. The trail begins at a desolate pub, Help the Poor Struggler. It leads straight to the estate of Lady Jessica, a ten-year-old orphaned heiress who lives with her mysterious uncle and ever-changing series of governesses. And as suspense spreads across the forbidding landscape, an old injustice returns to haunt Macalvie…with clues that link a murder in the distant past with a killing yet to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476732886
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Series: A Richard Jury Mystery
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 112,530
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bestselling author Martha Grimes is the author of more than thirty books, including twenty-two Richard Jury mysteries. She is also the author of Double Double, a dual memoir of alcoholism written with her son. The winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award, Grimes lives in Bethesda, Maryland.


Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

May 2, 1931

Place of Birth:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


B.A., M.A., University of Maryland

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Help the Poor Struggler (Richard Jury Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
carpeoreo More than 1 year ago
I've been reading the Richard Jury novels in order & just finished "Help the Poor Struggler." Next to the first book in the series, this is my favorite so far. Well worth picking it up if you're a fan of "classic" British murder mysteries (even though it's written by an American).
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
Overall I liked it. But it had a different structure than many of her other Jury novels. There is a section of 25 pages in the middle, roughly 12% of the book, that didn't have Jury or Melrose in it all. And, Melrose didn't show up until half way through the book. So far, my least favorite in the series. The story was good, though the conclusion seemed a little rushed. Macalvie was a great character, and I hope we'll see more of him in the future. Lady Jessica was kind of fun as well. It definitely could have used more Melrose, though. He's my favorite character, so I always think he doesn't have a big enough part. The paperback was formatted well with no obvious spelling or grammatical errors
AnnMcKS More than 1 year ago
I love the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes. I have multiple copiesof her books, hard backs, paperbacks, and ebooks. Help The Poor Struggler is one of my favorites. I love the characters in her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first mystery I read by Martha Grimes and I instantly became a fan! The plot and characters are interesting and the book is well-written! I liked it so much that I read several of her other books!
lazby More than 1 year ago
Typical Martha Grimes read. Good detecting by Superindendant Richard Jury of the New Scotland Yard. Of course, Help the Poor Struggler is only the name of the pub where Jury and his police cronies talk the crime out. Be sure to pay attention to prologue and names of families. Good job, Martha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Martha Grimes great old books. As good now as it was years ago. A Winner.
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As if three to four at least rather than split! One i usually dont care for is why borrow than buy. However dont think she is ever reissued as soft cover trade. This is a shorter than usual and warning as usual the murderer comes very last with loads of strings left dangling and several big whats? Without doing a hh harriet why and who did the first murder because i cant figure that one out and no one says at the end either. OK i read every one i say i wont then go back and catch up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murderer that the inheritance would have been the best plot line to follow and the id of first murderer too sloppy and really no reason given for him at end . Grimes too often dumps plot at end and characters for the unknown killer who just shows up at last minute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Would you do this if your family could see it? If the answer is no, then you probably shouldn't do it. If the answer is yes, I pity you so much.
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Walks in-
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Walks in the wrong apartment building accidently starts to walk out
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He jumps up, claws raking her back.
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