The Old Silent : A Richard Jury Novel

  • by Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by Steve West
  • Series: A Richard Jury Novel
  • 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the tenth murderous case for Richard Jury, the New Scotland Yard superintendent witnesses a killing in a West Yorkshire inn called the Old Silent, while his highborn, amateur colleague, Melrose Plant wishes to he could perform one as he drives his impossible Aunt Agatha to the Old Swan in Harrogate.
Caught up in a triple murder, Jury would go to any lengths to help Nell Healey, the lovely widow of one of the victims. But Nell Healey remains silent as the Yorkshire moors, quiet as the grave, while the scope of the mystery widens.


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Customer Reviews

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Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery

Would you try another book from Martha Grimes and/or Steve West?

Yes ~~ have been a fan of Martha Grimes and the Richard Jury series for over 20 years, but for some reason missed The Old Silent ~~ am now grateful for small favors !! Have seldom been so disappointed in a book !! It was not a "mystery" ~~ more an anthology of early R&B artists (John Coletrane, Charlie Parker, etc.). Unless the listener has a particular interest in that genre, please do not waste a credit on this one.
Steve West's narration was, as always, wonderful !!

What could Martha Grimes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have stayed with her tried and true formula of Jury and his friend Melrose Plant investigating and solving the "mystery" behind the murder ~~ The Old Silent does not credit either man with the keen intelligence displayed in her other books; in fact, Plant's actions and language are rather idiotic ~~ here he behaves and sounds like Aunt Agatha !!

Which scene was your favorite?

The characters living or visiting The Old Silent were totally devoid of interest or purpose to the overall story and the confusing abrupt changes in locales made it impossible to nominate a "favorite."

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None of which I am aware.

Any additional comments?


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- Fran Foster

I love The Old Silent

Having read almost all of Martha Grimes Richard Jury stories, it is a real pleasure listening to them again and reminiscing about the plots. The old gang from Long Pid does not disapoint.
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- Bill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-31-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio