Around bleak Dartmoor, where the Hound of the Baskervilles once bayed, three children have been brutally murdered. Now Richard Jury of Scotland Yard joins forces with a hot-tempered local constable named Brian Macalvie to track down the killer. The trail begins at a desolate pub named, "Help the Poor Struggler".
It leads straight to the estate of Lady Jessica, a 10-year-old orphaned heiress who lives with her mysterious uncle and an ever-changing series of governesses. And as suspense spreads across the forbidding landscape, an old injustice returns to haunt Macalvie...with clues that link a murder in the distant past with a killing yet to come.
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Grimes sets a more serious tone--good listen
- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."
Jury and the deaths of children
Yes, I would. I like the Martha Grimes mysteries. Having read most of them years ago, I particularly enjoy listening. In this book the heavy-drinking crowd at the Jack and Hammer do not play as big a role, though Melrose does come into the plot--always a good addition. The plot and resolution (particularly the resolution) are a tad fragile, but my belief is that readers take to Grimes' novels for the atmosphere and character development. She is particularly good at creating unusual personalities in children.
This book is similar to any of the Richard Jury mysteries, though the crimes are a bit grimmer.
As with any good reader, he performs superbly and inhabits the characters. I never feel jarred by his interpretations.
No. I prefer enjoying this type of mystery over several days, while walking the dog or driving.