Look, I am not going to apologize for loving Martha Grimes, especially the Richard Jury novels I am fully willing to admit these are light reading, but that doesn t mean they aren t good I find that while Grimes continues writing for this series and pumps out a book a year, the cast of characters is still just damned entertaining Grimes is good at capturing the same wit that I see in British comedy even though she s an American.However, and this is a big caveat, don t look for realism here Altho [...]
4.5 stars Oh my why has this series escaped me until now A truly engaging and tantalizing British mystery, especially since it has an American author, includes even a grainy sketched map Inspector Jury is an introspective and intelligent detective and I so look forward to the next book, assuming Melrose Plant will complement his detections They are a delightful pair in this delicious sundae of a mystery, the antagonizing relationship between Melrose and his Aunt Agatha is the whipped cream and t [...]
The first in the Richard Jury series, Man With a Load of Mischief introduces most of the recurring major characters in the series We meet, to our delight, Melrose Plant, his obnoxious aunt, Lady Ardry, and Jury himself, who is not your ordinary Scotland Yard detective return return Alas, Long Piddleton, which could very well pose as the quintessential English village in the snow, is host to a double murder on the eve of Christmas The local constabulary calls in Scotland Yard, and Chief Superinte [...]
It s hard to believe I ve never read a Richard Jury mystery But, this is my first, but won t be my last I loved it This the first book in the series Jury is with Scotland Yard He gets called into a small village after two murders have been committed Jury makes friends with Melrose Plant, who is a big help in the investigation I presume Plant will work with Jury again someday.Grimes sets up a great, keeps you guessing, who done it The author has a great sense of humor as well I loved the banter b [...]
You know you are in the hands of a master when a mystery is simultaneously complex, lyrically written, character richd hilarious This was Grimes s first in the Jury series and she went on from strength to strength which, given how much time she must have spent in the pubs for which each book is named, is almost miraculous In as sense, Grimes mysteries are character studies, and what a cast of regular characters she creates, from thoughtful and handsome Inspector Richard Jury and his hypochondria [...]
This is the first novel in Martha Grimes long running British police procedural series featuring Richard Jury and Melrose Plant The book was originally published in 1981 so the reader must realize from the outset that there will be no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no pocket sized personal cameras to aid in solving the murder It will be an eyes, ears, brain and door to door investigation.And, the author makes than the identity of the murderer a mystery.First, she gives us a [...]
The Man With a Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes is the first book in the Inspector Richard Jury mystery series I ve previously read 5 other books in the series but that was 3 or 4 years ago I was glad to finally read the first book, especially glad as it introduced the core of characters who appear in many of the other books in the series at least those that I ve read Chief Inspector Jury of Scotland Yard has been assigned to a case in the town of Long Piddleton, where two murders are being inv [...]
I ve decided to give myself a treat with my summer reading by indulging mostly in my guilty pleasures that is to say mysteries And in so doing, I plan to delve into some of the series which I haven t sampled before, starting with Martha Grimes Inspector Richard Jury series.This has been recommended to me at various times over the years, but, for some reason, I just never got into it Maybe because I was busy reading several other series But time to break new ground and meet some new characters.On [...]
I don t even know where to start, Im so excited about this series I listened to it on audio, and I have to say the first 2 hours were rough, though I m not sure why There was a lot to follow at the beginning, and I think I was afraid it was going to be full of descriptions of characters I didn t know if I should be caring about or not Somewhere right after the 2 hour mark the action picked up and I was hooked from there I also think the narration took some getting use to Though Steve West is inc [...]
The first in the Richard Jury mystery series, beloved by my niece and her Mom And I see why Everything I love in a mystery A quirky interesting protagonist Inspector, Detective, Commissario, amateur sleuth, etc , an assistant or two, a civilian side kick who helps solve the mysteries, a superior who is superfluous annoying, a wonderful cast of characters who add to the dynamics, humor, romantic sexual tension, a place that is equally a character, crazy names places and people etc This one takes [...]
I really enjoyed this book at first It is a classic who done it mystery in which there are multiple suspects and no real clear evidence Yet the bodies keep piling up I loved the portrayal of small British village life I was thoroughly enjoying the character of Richard Jury and thinking this would be a book and series I could really get into do despite the sometimes overwrought use of figurative language Seriously, the similes in this are way over the top BUT THEN.There is insta love The hero tak [...]
I had never heard of Martha Grimes, but a friend gave me a whole box of paperbacks, and I found this book in the pile.British humor, but very clever and easy to get the subtleties I m planning on reading of her books.
The Man With A Load of Mischief by Martha GrimesRichard Jury Series Book 14 StarsFrom The Book At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time Two pubs Two murders One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside o [...]
I read this series when it first came out, and for a while a new Grimes in paperback was an automatic buy for me Then Jury go so depressed and wrapped up in himself I stopped reading them I haven t revisited them since, so it seemed about time to try one again The book opens with Melrose Plant, who becomes an important recurring character in the series Two murders have taken place in local pubs and Plant isn t much interested but his annoying Aunt and all the locals are Later we meet Richard Jur [...]
I was surprised to learn a new word before reading this It is me to a tee a completionist It explains how I shop I click into collect every kind mode Over ten years, I filled in all but The Man With A Load Of Mischief , 1981 Having started with the loveable Melrose Plant and Richard Jury, I am keen about the next goodness knowing I own it and expect authors to improve Series aside, it is why I go in order of release By the end of this novel, the construction of Martha Grimes characters pays off. [...]
This one starts a little slow because there are so many characters to introduce, but the pace picks up and becomes exciting and suspenseful The characters are all interesting and the plot is well written.
It s Christmas time in the tiny village of Little Piddleton and bodies are piling up as quickly as the snow Strangers to the town are showing up dead in the local pubs and Richard Jury is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate While most of the locals suspect an outsider, Jury quickly narrows down the suspect pool to a few prominent locals There was no way of knowing what year this book was taking place and I found that very annoying Obviously it was pre cell phone and because somebody asked for [...]
The first in the Richard Jury series I read one of the later books I think that it was about the 22nd in the series and liked it, but thought that I should go back and see how the series and the reationships among the major characters developed over the years It s just before Christmas and two pubs in a small English village have each found a dead body which I assume is not good for business One body is found in a keg of beer and the other is discovered on the beam outside of the pub holding the [...]
I read a Martha Grimes mystery years ago and loved it My father in law gave me another recently, and I loved it, which resparked my interest in her books She s an American, but Grimes writes an excellent classic British mystery This is the first in the series of Richard Jury mysteries We are introduced to all the main characters that will reappear in the further books Melrose Plant, his aristocratic sidekick Wiggins, his hypochondriacal sergeant Marshall Trueblood, the gay antiques dealer Vivian [...]
This book was not for me.I really enjoy a good murder mystery from time to time I don t expect them to be Shakespeare After all, a murder mystery is, by definition, formulaic But I do expect reasonably good writing, well developed characters, and an intriguing storyline to keep me interested in the outcome The Man With a Load of Mischief, I am sorry to say, had none of these elements to recommend it The writing was cliche laden and the characters were downright cartoonish The whole book felt lik [...]
I have always been a follower of Martha Grimes but never had the opportunity to read someof her early books This one was written about 1981 They are all murder mysteries set inEngland and usually in small villages This book introduces New Scotland Yard s InspectorRichard Jury Jury is sent to the village of Long Piddleton at Christmas time to solve somemurders One, a William Small was found dead with his head in a barrel of ale Another mannamed Ainsley was propped up in place of a wooden figure i [...]
I read all of Martha Grimes books years ago when they were first published, until I got to The Horse You Came in On, which I couldn t stand I haven t read any since My sister got me remembering these books the other day, so I went back to the beginning and read this, the first in the series I enjoyed it very much I like the main character, Richard Jury, and I particularly like the soon to be sidekick Melrose Plant The plot was clever, and I was able to figure out the bad guy for myself always a [...]
Dear goodness how I do love me some Richard Jury And Martha Grimes style of writing and sense of humor Ages ago I read the third in this series just to get a taste of it, see if I wanted to commit Um, well, yeah Local library did not have first two, so I went old school and bought them in paperback Have been saving them for just the right time meaning, both when I could read the two of them in a day or two, and when I knew I was going to have a stretch of time to commit to the entire series Oh t [...]
I m not sure how Martha Grimes does it but she creates a small village with a wild cast of characters almost like a comedy and then places within it a very serious murder that brings Chief Inspector Richard Jury into the midst of said village and people And from there comes a delicious story with enough twists and turns to keep any mystery reader following along hungrily I enjoyed it all from nearly the beginning felt just a tad slow but it is the first in the series to the exciting finish A mus [...]
Not the absolute worst mystery I ve ever read, but it was a struggle to stay awake as the pages flipped themselves Very cozy snow covered villages, vicars and antique shops, bosomy barmaids, cantankerous spinster aunts Inspector Jury is likeable Martha Grimes, oddly, writes like a lecherous man, and though written in 1981, the descriptions of women and poncey gay men make the book seem at least 10 years older.
Be careful where you read this series you may get odd looks if you find yourself laughing out loud when reading the Melrose Plant and Aunt Agatha conversations Probably my favorite detective series Mostly for the witty characters than the mystery plots In the later books, sometimes the mystery isn t solved, which can be annoying.
First book in series and first of the Richard Jury I read I enjoyed the writing than Agatha Christie s style of writing Read gets a bit frustrating at times as the characters are lengthened out for dramatic effect But all in all a very good read Also, as it was her first work in the series I imagine the others will improve as they progress so am looking forward to reading them.
I ve read a number of Richard Jury mysteries, but the ones I ve liked best feature Melrose Plant He s my favorite character because he has a sense of humor and whimsy, despite his annoying aunt He has heart while Jury is too morose for me And Melrose has a crazy cadre of local friends who complicate his life while attempting to help him.