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Urns up murdered at Exeter Cathedral in Devon Macalvie Jury and Bronwell set out to discover whether these three killings though very different in execution are connected Written with Grimes's signature wit sly plotting and gloriously offbeat characters The Old Success is prime fare from one of the most fascinating mystery writers today Houston Chronicl. The Old Success is the most recent of author Martha Grimes Inspector Richard Jury series Jury is still on the job this time investigating a woman s murder on a remote island Before long there are two other untimely deaths but are they related to each other or even to the first murder Nothing seems to tie them together at least not at firstAlong with Richard Jury we once again have his well to do friend and amateur sleuth Melrose Plant and of course Plant s aunt Aunt AgathaJury is also aided in his investigations this time by a retired detective Tom Brownell who solved all of his cases during his career All his cases except one the death of his only daughter DaisyThere s plenty of plot twists and slow reveals along with Grimes usual wit Plant gives Aunt Agatha a fright when he introduces her to an unknown blood relative of his someone who threatens the old woman s ambitions to be Plant s sole heirPrior to reading this book I d read the first four titles in the series I can see that Grimes and her characters have grown with the times There s a bit of a casual air to Jury and the other characters than at the beginning of the series something that gives the story a contemporary feelI received a complimentary ARC through Atlantic Monthly Press via Grove Atlantic in exchange for an honest review

Review The Old Success

The Old Success

Wenty miles away on Land's End is at The Old Success pub sharing a drink with the legendary former CID detective Tom Brownell a man renowned for solving every case he undertook Except oneIn the days following the mysterious slaying of the Parisian tourist two other murders take place first a man is shot on a Northhamptonshire estate then a holy duster t. 3 and 1 2 starsHow disappointing I ve been reading the adventures of Richard Jury for many many years Although the gang is back this story just doesn t seem to hold together very well I enjoy spending time with Jury Trueblood Diana and the others but this book was either trying too hard or not hard enough It seemed like a bunch of disparate stories that were loosely tied together Are we sure Ms Grimes wrote it I thought that the murder investigation was done well but there were many subplots that took off in different directions I found them to be distracting and wished that the story would get back to the search for the killer When it finally did come the identity of the murderer came as a surprise I said to myself Huh I did enjoy the parts of the book that tied the threads together I want to thank NetGalley and Grove AtlanticAtlantic Monthly Press for forwarding to me a copy of this fairly good book for me to read enjoy and review

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When the body of a French woman washes up on a wild inlet off the Cornish coast Brian Macalvie divisional commander with the Devon Cornwall police is called in Who could have killed this beautiful tourist the only visible footprints nearby belonging to the two little girls who found herWhile Macalvie stands in the Scilly Islands inspector Richard Jury t. I used to love reading this cosy crime series when it was first written in the 1980s and 90s featuring Richard Jury of Scotland Yard and his uirky aristocratic friend Melrose Plant so thought it would be fun to revisit it many years later with the publication of the 25th episode in the series As before the title comes from the name of a British pub in this case The Old Success in Land s End where Richard meets CID detective Tom Brownell a man who is legendary for solving all his cases but one that of the death of his daughter Daisy I found it uite difficult initially to follow the plot of this murder mystery It seemed to be very jumpy with too many diversions and unnecessary characters popping in The connections between the murders made by the investigators seemed obscure and reuired a huge leap of faith by the reader I almost gave up reading half way through in frustration It did eventually make some sense but left me with the feeling that it was all a bit rushed would benefit from a really good edit The best bit of the book was the delightful prank that Melrose played on his aunt and swayed me to rate the book a generous three stars With thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for a digital ARC to read


10 thoughts on “The Old Success

  1. says:

    Number 27 Richard Jury has certainly been a around a good long while Yet things around him he never become boring Not only is he a good inspector managing to assemble puzzle pieces into a while picture but he also serves as the stable force for a group of various characters he calls friends Take Lord Ardry for instance aka Melrose Plant since it seems he has given back his titles though not his estate An esta

  2. says:

    I used to love reading this cosy crime series when it was first written in the 1980s and 90s featuring Richard Jury of Scotland Yard and his uirky aristocratic friend Melrose Plant so thought it would be fun to revisit it many years later with the publication of the 25th episode in the series As before the title comes from the name of a British pub in this case The Old Success in Land's End where Richard meets CID detective Tom Brownell a m

  3. says:

    Review to come

  4. says:

    I've been away from the Martha Grimes pub mysteries for uite some time now and I'm sorry to say The Old Success wasn't very successful for me This is number 25 in the series and true fans will welcome having Richard Jury and Melrose Plant back but I've been away for a while and I spent a good amount of time being confused There are so many characters sprinkled throughout the book and a large number of them are actually nothing but names

  5. says:

    This is one of those novels I think best read when you have time to sit and read for a while before putting it

  6. says:

    3 and 1 2 starsHow disappointing I've been reading the adventures of Richard Jury for many many years Although the “gang” is back this story just doesn't seem to hold together very well I enjoy spending time with Jury Trueblood Di

  7. says:

    The last few Richard Jury books have been disappointing to say the least Especially since the talking dog and cat in The Old Wine Shades But thi

  8. says:

    A beautiful French tourist is murdered her body washed up on the Cornish coast Two little girls find her body Divisional Commander Brian Macalvie doesn’t know what to make of it While he and Inspector Richard Jury start their investigation two murders occur Macalvie and Jury turn to Tom Brownell Brownell is retired now but he

  9. says:

    The Old Success is the most recent of author Martha Grimes' Inspector Richard Jury series Jury is still on the

  10. says:

    One body's an accident two is a coincidence three is trouble Strike that the bullet wounds just make trouble Entertaining diversion; feature the ocean remote islands put a boat on the cover and there's a good chance I'll give the book a try Never heard of Martha Grimes before spying this on my library's shelves But the aforementioned boat and intriguing title lured me in alas it was not the boat's name Then again perhaps

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