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Martha Grimes

Author of The Man with a Load of Mischief

62+ Works 27,471 Members 483 Reviews 84 Favorited

About the Author

Martha Grimes was born on May 2, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. and an M.A. 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 show more 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. The Anodyne Necklace (1983) won her the Nero Wolfe Award. Her other works include The Stargazey, The Case Has Been Altered, The End of the Pier, Biting the Moon, and Dust. Her title, Vertigo 42, made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Martha Grimes

The Man with a Load of Mischief (1981) 1,592 copies
The Old Contemptibles (1991) 1,116 copies
The Old Silent (1989) 1,107 copies
The Anodyne Necklace (1983) 1,084 copies
The Five Bells and Bladebone (1987) 1,074 copies
The Lamorna Wink (1999) 1,073 copies
The Old Fox Deceiv'd (1982) 1,059 copies
The Dirty Duck (1984) 1,047 copies
The Old Wine Shades (2006) 1,030 copies
Jerusalem Inn (1984) 1,015 copies
I Am the Only Running Footman (1986) 1,009 copies
The Horse You Came In On (1993) 992 copies
Dust (2007) 985 copies
The Stargazey (1998) 973 copies
The Blue Last (2001) 964 copies
The Grave Maurice (2002) 952 copies
The Case Has Altered (1997) 941 copies
Help the Poor Struggler (1985) 919 copies
The Winds of Change (2004) 903 copies
The Deer Leap (1985) 879 copies
Rainbow's End (1995) 863 copies
Hotel Paradise (1996) 655 copies
The End of the Pier (1992) 533 copies
Foul Matter (2003) 530 copies
Cold Flat Junction (2001) 433 copies
Belle Ruin (2005) 428 copies
Biting the Moon (1999) 421 copies
Vertigo 42 (2014) 369 copies
The Knowledge (2018) 343 copies
Dakota (2008) 290 copies
Fadeaway Girl (2011) 261 copies
The Old Success (2019) 240 copies
Send Bygraves (1989) 141 copies
The Way of All Fish (2014) 138 copies
Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism (2013) — Author — 51 copies
The Price of Admission (1995) 13 copies
It's Christmas Crime (2001) 8 copies
[No title] 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1931-05-02
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Places of residence
Washington, D.C., USA
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Education
University of Maryland (BA)
University of Maryland (MA)
University of Iowa
Occupations
author
instructor
Organizations
University of Iowa
Frostburg State University
Montgomery College
Awards and honors
Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award (2012)
Agent
Peter Lampack
Short biography
Martha Grimes is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Richard Jury series of mysteries, as well as the novels Dakota and Foul Matter, among others. In 2012 she was awarded the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award.

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Reviews

My first Martha Grimes/Richard Jury, thus a bit confusing with all the already familiar if you've read the series characters. However, amusing. I laughed out loud several times, which doesn't happen with every mystery! Liked the animal by-play.
 
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Abcdarian | 29 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
another sendup of the publishing world - just as funny as Foul Matter
 
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Overgaard | 4 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Manchmal etwas wirr und langatmig, aber nicht schlecht!
 
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Katzenkindliest | 15 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
Insgesamt wirklich gut, in der Mitte hat es mich aber irgendwie verloren. 3,5 Sterne von mir.
 
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Statistics

Works
62
Also by
3
Members
27,471
Popularity
#746
Rating
½ 3.6
Reviews
483
ISBNs
838
Languages
14
Favorited
84

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