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Rainbow's End by Martha Grimes

Rainbow's End (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Martha Grimes

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Title:Rainbow's End
Authors:Martha Grimes
Info:Hardcover, Book Club
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:1995, Mystery, Richard Jury, New Mexico

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Rainbow's End by Martha Grimes (1995)



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Interesting. Not a lot of Plant but what there is is well done and almost no Long Piddleton fauna (which means only a few Agatha scene), the return of my favourite on and off recurring character Inspector Macalvie. Jury is heading out to the US again. Two books in a row. The trip is better than the first one which was boring, Wiggins is hospitalized (I think he electrocuted himself but it's not clear), reads Josephine Tey novels and solves the mysterious number problem. We get a good child protagonist (unlike the last book), a somewhat esoteric murder mystery that turns out to be quite down to earth after all.

Not bad, better than the last one by far but not as good as I'm used to. Grimes puts Jury and company through the motions with little passion this time around. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Feb 2, 2014 |
#13 in the Richard Jury and Melrose Plant mysteries, greatly enjoyed this one as Grimes seems to get back on track again. Jury is off to America again, this time to Santa Fe, NM to investigate a possible connection between three women who died in the UK—one of them being a woman who died in a previous book. Brian Macalvie makes a return appearance in order to get Jury involved in the case, acting on one of Macalvie’s infamous hunches, though the connection between the dead women seems tenuous at best. This book also involves a couple of delightful visits with the Cripps family from a previous book, which I found most enjoyable, even Piddlin’ Pete. ::grin:: While I picked out the bad guy in advance, I didn’t really know how or why the crime was done at first, just instinct told me who it was. Very much enjoyed this visit with the whole gang, from Long Pidd to London all the way to Santa Fe. ( )
  Spuddie | Oct 1, 2008 |
Number 13 in the Richard Jury series.

The ineffable District Commander Brain Macalvie once again pops into Richard Jury’s life with his usual disruptive effect, insisting that Jury assist him in solving what seem to be two totally unrelated murder cases whose only potential connection might be visits to New Mexico. Oddly enough, the death of Lady Cray’s close friend, judged to be of natural causes, also could be related in some way, since she, too, has connections to a trip to New Mexico. Protesting all the way, Jury finds himself on a trip to Santa Fe.

In her last book (The Horse You Came In On) and this, Grimes uses clever plot devices to land Jury in the US, where she can indulge her affection for and interest in various sections of the country. This time it’s Santa Fe, whose desert silence and mysteries, such as the Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde, are punctuated with the tourist attractions of the craft shops in Santa Fe itself. Back in form, there is a precocious child, a 13 year old girl, whose self-sufficiency and endearing quirkiness (Mary has a pet coyote)is standard Grimes, and who is not only central to the story but takes part in the exciting climax.

But the Merrye Olde England of Melrose Plant and Detective Sgt. Alfred Wiggins is far from neglected. Wiggins has landed himself “in hospital” with romantic results. Melrose finds himself alternately playing comforter to Wiggins and assistant detective for Jury as he follows London leads for Jury. Fans of the Cripps family will be delighted to know that Ash and White Elephant with all their brood do not disappoint in their latest appearance; Cyril the Cat shines in yet another installment in his war with Chief Superintendent Racer. The humor never stops.

Martha Grimes has delivered an excellent book, with a good plot and outstanding contributions from her stable of recurring characters. Highly recommended. ( )
  Joycepa | Feb 12, 2008 |
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"Once again, Grimes hooks her readers with the engaging Jury and friends and with skillful tucking of hints into unexpected corners."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
When three women die of "natural causes" in London and the West Country, there appears to be no connection--or reason to suspect foul play. But Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury has other ideas, and before long he's following his keen police instincts all the way to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
There, in the company of a brooding thirteen-year-old girl and her pet coyote, he mingles with an odd assortment of characters and tangles with a twisted plot that stretches from England to the American Southwest. And while his good friend Melrose Plant pursues inquiries in London, Jury delves deeper into the more baffling elements of the case, discovering firsthand what the guide books don't tell you: that the Land of Enchantment is also a landscape ripe with tragedy, treachery, and murder.
"RAINBOW'S END is itself a literary rainbow. It's the skillful blend of mystery and comedy and pathos, a Martha Grimes trademark, that makes this visit with Richard Jury and company so memorable and satisfying."
--Mostly Murder

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Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury flies to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where an address links three women murdered in England. One died in Salisbury's Roman ruins, a second in Exeter Cathedral and a third at the Tate Gallery in London. By the author of The Horse You Came in on.… (more)

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