The Horse You Came in On : A Richard Jury Novel

  • by Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by Steve West
  • Series: A Richard Jury Novel
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The murder is in America, but the call goes out to Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury. Accompanied by his aristocratic friend Melrose Plant and by Sergeant Wiggins, Jury arrives in Baltimore, Maryland, home of zealous Orioles fans, mouth-watering crabs, and Edgar Allen Poe. In his efforts to solve the case, Jury rubs elbows with a delicious and suspicious cast of characters, embarking on a trail that leads to a unique tavern called The Horse You Came in On.


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I have mowed through the first eleven and well into the 12th now, First, the driving force is Steve West's narration. I give five stars for every performance. The scene descriptions and the subtlety of observation is first rate. I also greatly enjoy when the reader can listen into Jury or Plant's internal voice.
I'm not sure if I'm missing something by listening and not reading, but I never have much of an idea what's going on with the mystery itself. Am I following Jury now or Plant? Why is he there? How do Plant and Jury communicate with each other? A plan is afoot, but I don't feel that the reader is let in on it. Each story, I'm convinced that I'll keep track of the mystery, but within 45 minutes I just rely on Mr. West to simply entertain me,.
One feature I like is that the mystery winds up and then there's a lengthy epilogue that leads you toward the next book in the series.
It's nice to read stories not loaded with angst. I never can get enough of the scenes when Cyril agitates Racer.
I hope I have motivated you to start the series.
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- R. Dubrow

Cute, but marred by terrible female voices

If you could sum up The Horse You Came in On in three words, what would they be?


Any additional comments?

This is a book for those who care more about the characters in this series than the actual story, which in this case is pretty lightweight. As a Baltimore resident, fan of E.A. Poe, and ardent devotee of Melrose Plant, this installment of the Richard Jury series has long been a favorite of mine. Steve West's voice is spot-on for Jury, Plant, Trueblood and Wiggins (hilariously nasal and sincere). However, he totally blows it with the female characters, especially the main one in this story, the angsty writer Ellen Taylor. For her, West affects a whiny falsetto in a patently false American accent, and it's nails on a chalkboard every time. I only put up with it because I'd read the book several times before, and simply re-imagined Ellen's voice in my head: a low, sarcastic, vowel-squashing Bawlmer sound. West does a little better with the female British characters, but this is a case where another reader would've made a lot of sense, especially since the main charm of this book is the witty dialogue.

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- BmoreBard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio