First in this wonderful series about a group of eccentric English folks who meet in in pubs and solve murder mysteries and just gossip. Richard Jury, the main character is a handsome London detective and is more serious while other characters are more whimsical. A fun, well-written series.
Two pubs in Long Piddleton are the sights of two murders. Scotland Yard's Richard Jury gets some help from Long Piddleton's own Melrose Plant to root out evil in the heart of the village. First in the series.
If you like English mystery but find Dame Christie a litte too dry then you need to read Martha Grimes. She does English mystery like no other. These are not 'cozy' mysteries particularly as she gets further along. Why these haven't been turned into a BBC series, I'll never know. This is Jury in his early days and is a little bit lighter. He meets most of the standard characters that will appear consistently throughout the books. Melrose Plant, his standard sidekick is wonderful. Be prepared, you are going to want to read all of them. They get better as you go along!
This is the beginning of the Richard Jury series of Martha Grimes Scotland Yard Superintindent. Thry all the books you begin to meet and enjoy all the characters in his life an join in the mysteries they all comtribute to solve. I have gone to a lot o trouble to colect each and everyone and have spent hours enjoying the whole tale.
I sincerely enjoyed the whole series of these books. Light mysteries but no gore. Each book is named after a particular pub in england and you have fun discovering the different characters that inhabit these pubs.
At the pub, The Man with a Load of Mischief, a dead man was found with his head stuck in a beer keg. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub's sign. Two pubs, two murders and Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury is called in to help.
Delos - reviewed The Man with a Load of Mischief (Richard Jury, Bk 1) on
The first of the series 'starring' the Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury ('the pub series'). They get better than this later on, but this one intros the cast of zany characters that are unforgettable. Modern English murder mystery.
At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found a dead man with his head stuck in a beer keg. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub's sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jurry arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer. Except for Melrose Plant. A keen observer of human nature, he points Jury in the right direction: toward the darkest parts of his neighbors' hearts.
This is a new series for me. A patron of the library recommended Martha Grimes and her character Richard Jury. It is another historical mystery set in England. I have always been a fan of Agatha Christie and M. C. Beaton. I love mysteries set in England. I look forward to reading my way to the latest one.
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British mysteries aren't really my thing, but here's what amazon had to say..
Two pubs in Long Piddleton are the sights of two murders. Scotland Yard's Richard Jury gets some help from Long Piddleton's own Melrose Plant to root out evil in the heart of the village.