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The Man With a Load of Mischief (1981)

by Martha Grimes

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Series: Richard Jury (1)

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The Man With A Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes
Richard Jury Series Book #1
4 Stars

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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 of town for the killer. Except for one Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the right direction: into the darkest parts of his neighbors’ hearts.

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Not a bad book at all but the author sure loves the adjective. It was a really good story and all the unnecessary description didn't make it any better. The plot was different than anything I have ever read... and that fact alone makes the reader want to read "just one more page" until before you know it the "one more page" has turned into the last page.

Another likable element about the book is the author's sense of humor. Martha Grimes made several of the characters quirky to the point of peculiarity thus having them provide a lot of levity for this essentially straightforward tale of greed gone wild. The Inspector Richard Jury character could stand to be fleshed out more but since this is the first book of 23 currently written...this may have already happened. I will certainly plan to explore more of this series. ( )
  Carol420 | Apr 5, 2017 |
The first of the Richard Jury series, this book introduces the main characters, Jury and Plant, as well as a host of others who regularly reoccur during the series. Grimes' characterizations are nicely delineated and all of them feel completely real. She's also a very descriptive writer as well as amusing in some of her dialog. This was the start for me of a journey with Jury and Plant that has lasted many years. ( )
1 vote velvetpaws | Sep 14, 2012 |
This is a re-read for me, of a really well-loved cozy. I'd forgotten how much I LIKE Richard Jury. A detective with some issues, but still a nice guy. Not the most difficult mystery to solve, but a nice Christmas-y read. ( )
1 vote majkia | Oct 5, 2011 |
A delightful English village mystery. Interesting, unusual characters, a well crafted plot, written with wit and intelligence. ( )
2 vote Riyale | Mar 15, 2011 |
Jury #1
1 vote | Anglofile41 | Feb 19, 2011 |
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Saarinen, OsmoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Come here, my sweet landlady, pray how d'ye do?
Where is Cicely so cleanly, and Prudence, and Sue?
And where is the widow that dwelt here below?
And the ostler that sang about eight years ago?

Why now let me die, Sir, or live upon trust,
If I know to which question to answer you first;
Why things, since I saw you, most strangely have varied,
The ostler is hang'd, and the widow is married.
And Prue left a child for the Parish to nurse,
And Cicely went off with a gentleman's purse.

~Matthew Prior
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To June Dunnington Grimes
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Kent Holland
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Outside the Jack and Hammer, a dog growled.
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At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found a dead man with his head stuck in a beer keg. 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 of town for the killer. Except for Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the right direction: towards the darkest parts of his neighbors' hearts...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451410815, Mass Market Paperback)

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 of town for the killer. Except for one Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the right direction: into the darkest parts of his neighbors’ hearts…

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:22 -0400)

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"At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found a dead man with his head stuck in a beer keg. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out of 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 of town for the killer. Except for Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the right direction: toward to darkest parts of his neighbors' hearts..."--Cover, p. 4.… (more)

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