The Old Silent (Richard Jury Series #10)

The Old Silent (Richard Jury Series #10)

by Martha Grimes

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In the tenth murderous case for Richard Jury, the New Scotland Yard superintendent witnesses a killing in a West Yorkshire inn called the Old Silent, while his highborn, amateur colleague, Melrose Plant wishes to he could perform one as he drives his impossible Aunt Agatha to the Old Swan in Harrogate.

Caught up in a triple murder, Jury would go to any lengths to help Nell Healey, the lovely widow of one of the victims. But Nell Healey remains silent as the Yorkshire moors, quiet as the grave, while the scope of the mystery widens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476732909
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Series: Richard Jury Series , #10
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 103,113
File size: 7 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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“Perfect, distilled Grimes…an engrossing tale.”—New York Daily News

“As fine as anything Ms. Grimes has written.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Another tour de force for Grimes.”—Publishers Weekly

“She writes, as always, with charm, authority, and ironic wit…a class act.”—Kirkus Reviews

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The Old Silent (Richard Jury Series #10) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
Just reread this after 20 years. This was my original introduction to the series and it really colored my view on Richard Jury being melancholy and morose, even though he isn't in many of the earlier novels. This is probably my favorite of the Jury novels with all the humor intertwined with the dark nature of the subject matter. It starts off a bit slow, but the last 200 pages just flew by. The early part with Melrose being a brilliant conversationalist but not actually talking was hilarious. Lots of Melrose to make me happy. I also enjoyed all the references to the music. There is a part towards the end written from the perspective of two dogs which was a little strange and had me checking to make sure I didn't mix up my pain medications. Macalvie makes another appearance, and he's always a great character. The paperback was formatted well with only one spelling error noticed
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Depressed about his life or, more accurately, lack of one, Jury takes some time off and ends up in Bronte country. After more or less stalking an attractive woman through the Bronte Museum and the Children¿s Toy Museum, ashamed of himself, Jury heads for his lodgings at The Old Silent Inn. There, he sees the woman once more, who is meeting a man she obviously knows. Before he realizes what is happening and certainly before he can prevent it, the woman shoots and kills the man; Jury is in the odd position of being a policeman who is a witness to a murder to which he is totally unconnected.The crime occurs in Macalvie country. Macalvie fills Jury in on the background of the woman¿Nell Citrine Healey¿and of the bizarre kidnapping that occurred 14 years before in which Bill Healey, Nell¿s stepson and his best friend Toby Holt disappeared almost underneath Nell¿s eyes one afternoon. Billy was kidnapped; the kidnappers demand a ransom that Nell, listening to police advice, refused to pay. Nothing was ever heard from Billy or the kidnappers again. Toby is reported killed in London in an auto accident 5 weeks later. Her husband, Roger Healey, the boy¿s father, is the man that Nell then kills 14 years later. Macalvie knows all this, since he was a Detective Sargeant on the original kidnapping case; Macalvie never forgets anything.There is no doubt of Nell¿s guilt in the murder of Roger Healey; the big question is why. Nell refuses to discuss anything. But Jury can not get Nell Healey out of his head, and starts investigating on his own; he brings in Melrose Plant to help out.Because this is a Martha Grimes story, naturally there is a precocious child who plays a major role. In this book, it¿s Abby Cable, niece of the owner of the bed and breakfast place at which Melrose stays. Abby is yet another child who has a remarkable rapport with animals, especially her sheep dog, Stranger, a border collie. When someone tries to kill Abby out on the moor, Abby deploys Stranger and another sheep dog, Tim to round up a flock of sheep scattered over a distant hill and drive them towards her, creating enough confusion that Abby escapes in the midst of the wooly confusion. The scene, told from the dogs¿ point of view, is superbly written in a book filled with superbly written scenes.Melrose, whose life requires melodrama, meets an eccentric American young woman, Ellen Gray, who just happens to be a ¿hot¿ best-selling author of avant-garde (meaning no one can understand them) books. Their relationship is both predictable and hilarious.The climax is exciting, extremely well done. Plot is excellent, one of her better ones. The book is filled with the usual panoply of Grimes one-of-a-kind characters, and the Grimes humor never falters.Highly recommended.
caltheat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The master of British mystery is American. I do enjoy her characters: Jury, Melrose, Wiggins, even Agatha. I almost had the mystery solved, just the wrong accomplice, and wrong victim. But the right reason, money! I really enjoy how Grimes includes children and makes Jury and Melrose interact with them. The children are always critical to the solution of some part of the mystery. And she uses animals well, gives them real character.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
The book has silently rested among other books waiting for me to read. I had forgotten the delectable characters of the Inspector Jury series, and the wonderful names of the English pubs. Inspector Jury witnesses a cold-blooded murder, but he cannot walk away from the crime without attempting to save the shooter from the gallows. The story jumps back and forth among the various scenes and characters. Martha Grimes brings a richness of language into the story as the reader journeys into the world of music and family jealousy. Of course, Sergeant Higgins and his multitude of ailments and cures brings comic relief whenever the grisliness of murder invades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read 7 books from this series, this is my favorite to date. I think the plot got a bit too twisted & complicated at certain points and the text sometimes was too wordy. However, when compared to the other "Jury stories" I've read, Grimes allowed her many characters to really grow and flourish in this multi-layered mystery. In addition, her settings were so well developed that I could feel, taste, see, & hear almost everything. Very entertaining!! by aj west
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have small fonts to start and very light ink. Difficult to read in comfort so will do used hc or sc next besides grimes same goes for p d james have noticed ink light on h c too recently
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