The Richard Jury series, by Martha Grimes

I find that I am neglecting the blog. There is simply not enough time anymore. Or perhaps it is a lack of energy, I don´t know. I do sketch, or doodle, but in a private, diary-kind-of-way that I´m not keen to share. Perhaps spring will change all that, or perhaps I´m growing out of the blog and into the very active sketching communities I have found on Facebook, which I recently joined.

20160304_113046I still have a bit of a reflex to blog what I am reading, and over the last weeks I have read myself to sleep with three more in the Richard Jury series: “The Deer Leap”, where mystery writer Polly Pread – a woman much adored by Melrose Plant, but she treats him ill indeed, being infatuated with his friend Jury (and only putting up with poor Plant because of it, I gather) – falls on a corpse and thus starts an adventure that ends miserably; “I am the only running footman” where another old friend, Commander Macalvie in Devon, helps Jury and Plant catch a serial killer with a disturbed mind; and “The Five Bells and Bladebone” (these titles are all names of pubs and the creativity seems endless…) where Jury is faced with a disturbing riddle of mistaken identity that might not be solved, at least not without a DNA-test, something that apparently was unheard of in 1987.

I find the quality of these books varying quite a bit. Sometimes Grimes is really inspired and seems to like the characters a lot, other times the writing is rather dull, and the plot too. Still, I like it. It is funny at times and like before, she has children involved in every plot. A young, childlike woman moves in next door to Jury, he takes a liking to her and supports her in an almost fatherly, or big-brotherly, way. Also, the woman he loves (and politely ignores, as she seems to be perpetually engaged – but never marries – an Italian count) is always there in the background, having glasses of sherry and bickering with Plant at the local pub of Long Piddleton, where the very first murder in the series took place. Jury´s relationship with Plant has evolved into a brotherly affection and they seem to take it for granted that any vacation Jury has should be spent with Plant (who is mostly idle, in a gentlemanly way) at his estate in Northamptonshire.

As always, highly recommended!

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4 thoughts on “The Richard Jury series, by Martha Grimes”

  1. If I like the characters, I find I don’t mind uneven writing through a series. I guess I’m satisfied with my relationship with them as long as the series as a whole is engaging. I sometimes put a book down hoping the next one is better, but it’d take a lot to shift me from a series I’ve grown attached to.

  2. I’ve somehow heard of this series and feel like I’ve read something by Grimes, but can’t put my finger on it. Guess it wasn’t as inspiring as I might have thought. I like your synopsis, though.

    I miss you on the blog, especially since I’m not on any other social media site.

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