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Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes

Vertigo 42

by Martha Grimes

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Series: Richard Jury (23)

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One suspicious death 22 years ago, another 17 years ago, and two murders five days apart. And then there's the dog. But Wiggins and Jury would never have solved the mess if it weren't for Alfred Hitchcock. The publisher's blurb gives clues but can't help untangle the mess. Be prepared for awful puns. ( )
  jetangen4571 | May 17, 2018 |
My first sojourn into Martha Grimes and detective Richard Jury. A completely satisfying experience with well-written prose. Richard takes on a closed case - Tom Williamson is not convinced that the love of his life died by accident 17 years ago. 5 years before Tess Williamson's death, a little girl, Hilda died on their property. Was Tess's death revenge? Was it accidental? At the same time, Richard's friends that gather at the Jack and Hammer pub are attempting to solve 2 local murders - why is their sleepy neighborhood suddenly experiencing an uptake in crime?

Definitely on my list to read other Richard Jury tales. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Jun 12, 2017 |
A sad and boring chapter in an otherwise very enjoyable series of novels. In this latest installment of the series, the reader is given a boring murder mystery along with a re-hash of the recurring characters of the series. Grimes simply reuses material from prior installments to describe the characters, without mentioning anything new about any of the regular characters. The book would probably be less than two dozen pages if one removed everything she re-uses from her prior novels in the series. While it isn't plagiarism to recycle material from ones own work, it is a ripoff of ones fans to sell such a story without a warning that its a badly done recap of the series. If you have read the prior stories in the series, this book reads more like bad fan-fiction than a book written by the Grimes herself.

The result of the recycling in this case is a bit like a bog roll made from recycled plastic and glass bottles.

I gave the book 2 stars instead of 1, because a new reader to the series might not find the story as boring as her regular fans will. If you are a fan and don't want to skip this installment, no matter how bad it is, then at least wait to buy a used copy cheaply rather than wasting good money on a bad book. If you have not read the prior works in the Richard Jury series, read the others instead of this one. ( )
  gtippitt | Feb 18, 2017 |
I love the Jury books. I have read them all over the years. The first on my first trip to England. I enjoy the characters and the comfort of meeting them once again in each book. I thought this book was well done and I enjoyed it very much. ( )
1 vote librarian1204 | Sep 15, 2014 |
"Vertigo 42," is an absorbing, character driven novel that kept me satisfied as I followed the well developed plot.

Tom Williamson, a friend of a friend, asks Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to review his wife Tess's death. Tom doesn't accept the report that it was due to accident or suicide. He believes she was murdered.

Five years before her death, Tess gave a party for children where one child was killed. Jury believes that the two cases must be related.

We are introduced to the other children who attended the party which was twelve years ago. We see what the children are doing now and learn of their relationship toward each other.

Jury has a crowd of friends that meet at the Jack and Hammer pub and serve as a break in the story but also they provide possible motives and suspects. One of those friends is Melrose Plant who even helps Jury with interviewing.

Another death occurs and it ties in with the other children from the party. Now Jury is busy working on three murders.

The characters are well developed as is their style of life. Many of the interviews are over a cup of tea and some treats. While they have their tea, questions are answered about the children of the past and their current activities.

I enjoyed the pace of the story and the plot. It is interesting to attempt to guess who the killer might be but the author keeps the reader guessing and then ties everything together in a nicely wrapped conclusion. ( )
1 vote mikedraper | Aug 18, 2014 |
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Longtime fans will find this tale fully worthy of Jury and his regulars.
added by petermccarthy2 | editKirkus Reviews (Apr 17, 2014)
The plot lines eventually connect to a complex conundrum involving friendship, love, and betrayal. Readers who persevere past Jury’s confusing initial stay at the madcap Plant manse will be rewarded with an involving puzzle—right up to the frustratingly farfetched finale.
added by petermccarthy2 | editPublishers Weekly (Apr 14, 2014)

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"At Vertigo 42, a bar high above London's financial district, Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson - a friend of a friend who is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. Tess's death was ruled accidental - a fall caused by vertigo - but Jury agrees to re-examine the case. A young girl's fatal fall at a children's party 22 years ago at Tom and Tess's home may be connected. After an elegantly dressed woman falls from a tower near a pub that Jury and his cronies frequent, and her estranged husband is later found dead, Jury begins to suspect that the now grown "children" from Tess's ill-fated party are the key to solving these interwoven mysteries"--… (more)

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