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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.
©2014 Martha Grimes (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
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4 out of 5 stars
By R. Dubrow on 11-01-15

One Review Fits All

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By TGR on 04-23-18

A keeper overall, but....

Would you listen to The Horse You Came in On again? Why?

It was a good listen, for sure, but no need to listen over and again.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was good-I did like placing the true action in the US, just to change things up a bit. Plant, is hilarious.... The only complaint was near the end, once Plant and Jury return to the UK-- the ending went on and on well after our mystery was solved-- I felt it just wasn't necessary and could have been abridged for the audio book. It felt as if Ms. Grimes just needed ANOTHER clever way to get the line "....and the horse you came in on" into the story yet again and it didn't work.

Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

Jury, Plant, and Agatha and Carol Ann are all performed especially well,in all the novels, I think.. In this instance, however, the performance of Ellen and of most of the women, particularly (in this and other novels) were all over done. Ellen's accident is so false and it got to be a bit grating since she had so much more to say this time,than in the previous book. Mr. West's voice is so perfectly gravely for our detective and reaches the right note and pitch for Plant and Trueblood--but his, thanks! LOL! It might not be so terrible to bring in another voice for various women in the more current books...But, that said, Mr. West is an awesome Jury (and McAlvey!)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Ms. Grimes' books are usually ones I want to listen to in one sitting! I enjoy them so much-- I just wish I had the time to do so....

Any additional comments?

Good reads, and I highly recommend them!

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