The Dirty Duck (Richard Jury Series #4)

The Dirty Duck (Richard Jury Series #4)

by Martha Grimes

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The Dirty Duck (Richard Jury Series #4) by Martha Grimes

The Dirty Duck is a pub in Shakespeare’s beloved Stratford, and in this pub Miss Gwendolyn Bracegirdle of Sarasota, Florida, fresh from a performance of As You Like It, takes her last drink. A few minutes later she is slashed ear to ear, the only clue: two lines from an unknown poem printed across a theater program. The razor-happy murderer, it seems is stalking a group of rich American tourists. And Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury, just passing through Stratford for a glimpse of the intriguing Lady Kennington, instead takes a crash course in the bloodier side of Elizabethan verse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476732862
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Richard Jury Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 63,941
File size: 4 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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The Dirty Duck (Richard Jury Series #4) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BrimleyBum More than 1 year ago
This seemed like maybe it was written in haste to meet a publishing deadline or something. The characters, while always quirky in a Richard Jury novel, seemed overwritten. The American tourists at the center of this mystery were certainly colorful, but not really believable, and acquaintances of Jury's appeared briefly, then disappeared without having any real purpose in the story. The story involves a series of murders with quite graphic descriptions (a little disturbing at times), but admittedly, the mystery was entertaining and the ending a bit of a surprise. If you like Richard Jury novels, it's worth reading, just to keep up with the sequence/series, but if you're not yet a Jury fab, you might just want to skip this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best of the Jury series.Distinct characters with lovely little eccentricities, great setting, and good resolution; however, my favarite is the Lamorna Wink - I too, wish Ms. Grimes would give greater attention to his Grace, Melrose Lord Plant...his own series!?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Richard Jury series and as expected, the Dirty Duck doesn't disappoint. If you're into British murder mystries you'll love this series.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
Probably the most dated of the Jury novels. It seemed weird people marveling at someone lugging around a portable computer, and not a small one at that. The main story was excellent. It's just the intervening 30 years of technological advancement made the whole computer thing seem quaint. The culprit seemed more obvious in this story than some of the other novels. Once again Jury and Melrose were excellent. During most of the book they were fairly upbeat. But by the end Jury seemed more like the morose and melancholy figure I remembered reading 20 years ago, pining away over Jenny Kennington and to a lesser extent Vivian Rivington. I quite enjoyed the book, even if I learned more about Shakespeare and Marlowe than I really cared to. The hardcover was formatted well with no obvious spelling/grammar errors and the typeface was quite easy to read.
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CozyMurderMysteryAddict More than 1 year ago
Sadly, I could barely get through this one. I was terribly disappointed. It seems like it was written by someone else altogether.
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Gtgtb good night and thanks for a great time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I start to take your clothes off.