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The Old Contemptibles (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Grimes Martha

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When the lady he had hoped to marry is murdered, Richard Jury becomes a suspect in the investigation and sends his friend, Melrose Plant, to Scotland to probe into the sordid history of the victim's family.
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Authors:Grimes Martha
Info:Little Brown (1991), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover
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Agnosco vestigia flamea, from the Aeneid, I perceive the vestiges of an old flame. Jury goes brain dead over a seriously troubled woman and winds up in deep grief and on suspect list! Melrose Plant goes undercover and finds a weird family with too many suicides in recent memory. Great tale!
This is also narrated ably by Steve West. ( )
  jetangen4571 | May 11, 2018 |
Quite possibly my favorite Richard Jury novel to date. Superintendent Jury gets himself involved with Jane Holdsworth. Two weeks later, she commits suicide. But was it really? Her son, whom she loved dearly, doesn't think so. Jury is suspended from service as a suspect and so Melrose Plant goes undercover as an out of work librarian to get to the bottom of things. A cast and crew of comical characters including 89 year old Adam Holdsworth and kleptomaniac Lady Grey make this a fun-filled romp into murder and mayhem. Grimes signature use of children having a role to play is upheld with the backstory of Millie Thale whose mother also committed suicide after Graham Holdsworth died. Simply put - too many people in or connected to the Holdsworths end up dead. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Nov 13, 2017 |
A typical Martha Grimes cast (Jury, Plant, Trueblood, Wiggins, Vivian, etc) but with Jury playing a key, but largely off-stage, role. A murder mystery where the murderer is allegedly found, but never caught, and sentences, but never tried. ( )
  davevanl | Aug 28, 2012 |
Richard Jury meets and begins an affair with Jane Hollworth. When she is found dead he is the main suspect. He sends Melrose Plant to infiltrate her family home. Melrose meets Alex, her son, and Adam his grandfather and they work together to solve the mystery and to clear Richard's name. The mystery is solved when Richard arrives to assist them. A very good read. ( )
2 vote Anntstobbs | Apr 8, 2012 |
The Old Contemptibles (Large Print Book) by Martha Grimes (1991)
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Je serais bien l'enfant abandonne sur la
jetee partie a la haute mer, le petit valet
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