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The Blue Last by Martha Grimes

The Blue Last (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Martha Grimes

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Title:The Blue Last
Authors:Martha Grimes
Info:Viking Adult (2001), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Read, Your library
Tags:mystery, paperback, Richard Jury

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The Blue Last by Martha Grimes (2001)



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The only trouble with reading this series out of order is that you wind up hunting for the one where a particular character is introduced, and for me that person is Benny Keagan. Benny is the best kind of street kid, one who is a truly good and resourceful person who knows how to help others. The publisher's blurb covers a lot, and no spoilers here other than to warn you to keep the tissues handy for both sad parts and silly stuff. Worth reading.
Steve West continues to be excellent as narrator. ( )
  jetangen4571 | May 17, 2018 |
As usual, an excellent entry in the world of Superintendent Richard Jury. This time, an old case from the London bombing of WWII comes to Richard's feet when DCI Mickey Haggerty, an old friend dying of cancer, emphasizes how important it is to him. Two skeletons are found in the remains of The Blue Last pub of a mother and the daughter of the babysitter. But Haggerty doesn't believe that is the daughter of the babysitter; he believes mother and child died together and the daughter of the babysitter is living and pretending to be the grand daughter of the very wealthy Oliver Croft. The case has Jury and Plant working together to prove the fraud and also discover what happened all those years ago.

Very disturbing ending. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Mar 12, 2018 |
A Richard Jury case — good mystery — ties up one end — not all the motivations

In The Blue Last, Richard Jury finally faces the last thing in the world he wants to deal with—the war that killed his mother, his father, his childhood. Mickey Haggerty, a DCI with the London City police, has asked for Jury's help. Two skeletons have been unearthed in the City during the excavation of London's last bombsite, where once a pub stood called the The Blue Last. Mickey believes that a child who survived the bombing has been posing for over fifty years as a child who didn't. The grandchild of brewery magnet Oliver Tyndale supposedly survived that December 1940 bombing . . . but did she? Mickey also has a murder to solve. Simon Croft, prosperous City financial broker, and son of the one-time owner of The Blue Last is found shot to death in his Thames-side house. But the book he was writing about London during the German blitzkrieg has disappeared.
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  christinejoseph | Jul 25, 2016 |
Not one but two children, and of course a dog. But the dog is getting a little - well - human. I've just seen the movie 'Up' where all the dogs speak, and Sparky doesn't speak out loud, but we do hear his thoughts, and he does have a rather unusual ability to save the day. There's a lot more about the London blitz, WWII fliers, and Renaissance art (that's the Melrose thread). I did enjoy it. ( )
  ffortsa | Mar 23, 2010 |
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Dark hills at evening, in the west
Where sunset hovers like a sound
Of golden horns that sang to rest
Old bones of warriors underground,

Far now from all the bannered ways
Where flash the legions of the sun,
You fade - as if the last of days
Were fading, and all wars were done.

'The Dark Hills'
E.A. Robinson

Goodbye, Blue
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451410556, Mass Market Paperback)

Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury returns in a compelling novel, the 17th in Grimes's long-running series. Mickey Haggerty, Jury's old friend and colleague, is dying of cancer. So Jury can hardly refuse his request to look into what Mickey suspects is a 50-year-old case of switched identities. It surfaces when the last World War II bomb site in London is excavated for a new development, exposing the skeletal remains of a woman and infant. Mickey thinks the dead infant wasn't the baby of Kitty Riordan, Maisie Tynedale's nanny, as Kitty claimed, but was Maisie herself, the heiress to a brewery fortune. Did Kitty engineer the masquerade? And did Simon Croft, who was writing a book about London in the war years, discover it? When Croft is killed and his computer stolen, Jury sends his pal Melrose Plant to snoop around Tynedale Lodge disguised as a gardener. There he encounters a charming trio of amateurs: a homeless urchin and his extremely clever dog Sparky, and Gemma, a Tynedale ward whose mysterious background may hold the clue to Simon's murder as well as the still unsolved attempt on her young life.

As usual, Plant's world of eccentric friends and relatives is nicely evoked in a subplot that leads him on a surprising holiday in Florence, during which he acquires just enough knowledge of Italian Renaissance painting to pull off another disguise on Jury's behalf. Grimes weaves the threads of this rich tapestry together in a surprise ending that not even Grimes aficionados will sense coming. But it's an appropriate conclusion, given the book's brooding tone, established in the opening pages by a dying friend's obsession and sustained as the investigation forces Jury to confront his own haunted memories of the war. This is a solid page turner, marked by Grimes's unerring sense of pacing, respectful but provocative poking around in Jury's soul, and topnotch storytelling ability. --Jane Adams

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Chief Inspector Mickey Haggerty asks his old friend Richard Jury to assist him in proving that the granddaughter of beer magnate Oliver Tynedale is in fact an imposter and that the real heiress died with her mother.

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