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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- R. Dubrow
Cute, but marred by terrible female voices
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.