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by Martha Grimes


Martha Grimes (born May 2, 1931) is an American writer of detective fiction. She is best known for a series featuring Richard Jury, a Scotland Yard inspector.

Martha Grimes (born May 2, 1931) is an American writer of detective fiction. Grimes was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to William Dermit Grimes, Pittsburgh's city solicitor, and June Dunnington, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland, where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her .

The tenth book in the Richard Jury series, 1989. She was sitting at a table in the corner, the only other occupant. With her dinner she was reading a book, and she did not lift her eyes from it when Jury walked in and sat down. and my cats, Felix and Emily. who have all entered the old silence. No orchard's the worse for the wintriest storm; But one thing about it, it mustn't get warm.

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The message at the Old Silent had directed him to call Melrose Plant, who had told him what had happened. As he listened, Jury wondered if it were he, if it were his own blurred eyesight that was causing the squares of glass to waver

The message at the Old Silent had directed him to call Melrose Plant, who had told him what had happened. As he listened, Jury wondered if it were he, if it were his own blurred eyesight that was causing the squares of glass to waver. He was furious with himself now, after Plant had rung off, for not asking for more particulars.

Martha Grimes was born on May 2, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. from the University of Maryland. The idea for Martha Grimes' first British detective novel, The Man with a Load of Mischief (1981), was inspired by the name of a British pub she noticed while leafing through a travel book. A longtime Anglophile, she has continued to use a British pub as both the title and part of the setting in each subsequent novel in the series which features Scotland Yard Detective Richard Jury, his assistant, Melrose Plant, and Plant's interfering Aunt Agatha.

As always, Martha Grimes does a good job of developing the plot and leading the reader through her paces with her vivid . I love that Martha Grimes keeps all her characters alive in her books. The old Silent has a story to tell as all Inns would if they could talk

As always, Martha Grimes does a good job of developing the plot and leading the reader through her paces with her vivid descriptions of characters and her well-written dialogues. Still, in spite of the fact that she is pretty straightforward in telling the story, she manages to pull off a surprise at the end, even though she had given us an important clue and fair warning earlier in the book. The old Silent has a story to tell as all Inns would if they could talk. And Jury and Melrose get involved in a murder with many twists and turns and a child or two to spice up the mystery.

So my boss brought "The Old Silent" in for me to read.

Feeling burned out, Jury takes an unplanned stopover in Yorkshire and books a room at a cozy inn called the Old Silent. After getting over the sleight of Christie, I agreed to try one of Grimes' books. So my boss brought "The Old Silent" in for me to read. I realized that I was begining in the middle of a series, so I wasn't too put off by not knowing certain things that weren't explained (like the relationships between many of the characters in the begining).

The Old Silent - Martha Grimes.

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Superintendent Richard Jury investigates the death of Roger Healy at the Old Silent Inn, an investigation hampered by the silence of the dead man's wife
Manazar
Pity the poor writer. Most starve in genteel poverty and dream of producing a best seller. And those who DO manage to pull it off are forced onto a dreary treadmill by adoring fans who demand the same book over and over and over.

The very talented, very likable Ms. Grimes published her first Richard Jury mystery in 1981. Although she's American, she set her novel in England and her characters are Englishmen (and women) who start out as the stereotypical English (as envisioned by Americans who don't know any) but who have enough quirks and oddities to make them come alive. Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury (intelligent, kindly, and clinically depressed) and his corrupt boss Racer and the wily office cat Cyril and the hypochondriac Sgt. Wiggins are pulled into crimes because that's their livelihood.

Former earl Melrose Plant and his ghastly Aunt (by marriage) Agatha and his campy neighbor Marshall Trueblood are just along for the ride. Of course, it's a great compliment to an author to have created characters who resonate with readers, but it must be a great bore to have to work all of those characters into every book whether they fit or not. And that's what poor Ms. Grimes does.

This is the tenth in the series (there are currently 23) and named after an English pub (as they all are) and and it follows a tried-and-true pattern. There's a beautiful, enigmatic heroine who's in some kind of trouble. There are children who are threatened and abused by horrible adults. There are animals. Jury and Plant are both looking hopelessly for the perfect female, but never find her and won't settle for anything else.

There's a fine pair of characters in the elderly Colonel and his elegant (but also elderly) Princess. Even though Grimes was relatively young when she started the series, she's always dealt with the aged in a deft and affectionate way. Melrose Plant becomes enamored with a tough young American author named Ellen. Grimes always puts plenty of writers in her books and they're sympathetic characters. As Jane Austen said, if writers don't stick up for each other, who will? And grim, indomitable young Abby is a unforgettable portrait of a child abandoned by those who should have cherished her, but whose forceful personality and intelligence enable her to build her own world on her own terms.

It's a Martha Grimes/Richard Jury book. I don't think it's the best of the series, but Grimes never wrote a bad book. If you're like me, you'll welcome the old familiar characters while being slightly annoyed that they keep popping up. It's like a family reunion. You know you'll be irritated as hell, but you can't stay away. Through the years, Jury and the gang have become family and blood's thicker than water. And much harder to clean up when it's spilled.
Zulurr
Continuing my reading trip through the Martha Grimes series featuring Superintendent Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard, I have arrived at the tenth entry, The Old Silent. So, I'm not quite to the halfway mark yet in a series that extends, to this point, to twenty-three books.

The series has evolved quite a lot since its beginning. Sgt. Wiggins has become a more fully fleshed-out and sympathetic character. Brian Macalvie, the stubborn District Superintendent who never gives up on a case, sometimes returning to a years-old crime to solve it and who, it seems, is never wrong, has become a returning character in these stories. And we've become more familiar with all the residents of the sleepy little village of Long Piddleton, especially amateur detective Melrose Plant. All in all, it is a good mix of interesting characters, enough to keep the reader involved and invested in the outcome.

In this book, we see Richard Jury somewhat at the end of his tether, exhausted and overworked. He's doing a bit of lollygagging and engaging in one of his favorite activities, observing a beautiful woman. The woman in question seems distracted and is unaware of his presence as he shadows her around the little village where they are. He follows her to the local pub, The Old Silent, and watches her meet a man there. They appear to argue and as the man turns to leave, the woman stands and shoots him dead. All of a sudden, Richard Jury has become a witness to murder. Or is it? Are there extenuating circumstances?

As Jury begins to look into the case, we learn of a crime that occurred eight years before, involving the disappearance of two young boys, one of whom was the son of the man killed and stepson of the woman who shot him. Jury suspects early on that the killing of the father is somehow related to the disappearance of the son.

It proved to be the case that one of the early investigators on the disappearance of the boys was a young Macalvie. He was soon booted off the case because he offended his superiors - something which he routinely does. But the case was never solved and, of course, he has never forgotten it nor given up on it. He soon becomes involved with Jury's investigation and at the same time the bones of a teenage boy and a dog are discovered buried in a disused area of the local cemetery. Macalvie is convinced that they are the bones of the missing son/stepson, even though the pathologist says the age of the bones is wrong. Silly pathologist! He should know not to argue with Macalvie.

The investigation proceeds on multiple fronts. Jury becomes involved in and intrigued by a popular rock band, particularly a young guitarist/vocalist in the band, with a possible connection to the crime(s). This leads him and Sgt. Wiggins down some interesting pathways and we learn more about Wiggins' encyclopedic knowledge of music, one of his many surprising talents.

Melrose Plant becomes involved when he visits the village where the killing occurred, rescues a cat and takes it to the local vet where he sees the formidable Abby Cable, a young girl who has come there to pick up the dead body of her own cat. We suspect immediately that Abby is going to become central to this story and that Plant, who always seems to have the role of interacting with children and animals, is going to appoint himself to the role of her guardian angel.

As always, Martha Grimes does a good job of developing the plot and leading the reader through her paces with her vivid descriptions of characters and her well-written dialogues. Still, in spite of the fact that she is pretty straightforward in telling the story, she manages to pull off a surprise at the end, even though she had given us an important clue and fair warning earlier in the book.

This series has been pretty consistently good throughout and this particular entry certainly continues to uphold that standard. I wouldn't say it is one of her best, but it does rank pretty highly and makes me eager to read number eleven to find out just where these characters are going.
Zyniam
An excellent offering in the Jury-Plant-Macalvie mysteries. I am partial to the stories that include Macalvie. Something about the way the character perceives reality. I think he's one of the author's best creations.

I've read all of the Jury novels several times and I am never disappointed. The characters are interesting; sometimes I find myself wondering what it would be like to have lunch with Melrose Plant or dinner with Richard Jury. Martha Grimes creates interesting characters. So, settle down with The Old Silent and enjoy yourself.
MarF
I have mixed feelings about this book. Like all of Grimes' work, it is well written and very enjoyable. The characters are drawn well and generally interesting. On the other hand, the investigation and mystery seemed largely absent unyil the last 20% of the book. In fact, the outcome for the main character who committed the original murder is never really considered. So, while I enjoyed reading this book, I can't rate it as one of the best.
Kerahuginn
Jury and Melrose and all the gang have become my friends. I love that Martha Grimes keeps all her characters alive in her books. The old Silent has a story to tell as all Inns would if they could talk. And Jury and Melrose get involved in a murder with many twists and turns and a child or two to spice up the mystery. Thinking very few will figure out the mystery before you reach the end. I highly recommend any of her books but surely enjoyed the old silent!
Foxanayn
Loving these Richard Jury novels.... Martha Grimes is a master! Spot-on characterizations, ensemble of characters, and loads of suspense and intrigue. Don't miss it.
The Old Silent ebook
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Martha Grimes
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