One of her thoroughly delightful "pub" mysteries...
A beautiful woman lies dead, her blood covering her party costume, and smearing her Harlequin face paint. She is a stranger, so not only do people wonder who killed her, but why kill a stranger? Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury and his pal Melrose Plant are sharing a pint at the local pub The Old Fox Deceiv'd, when this came swirling with danger and deception touches them. Foxes are abound - the pub carries one in the name, Jury and Melrose find the only way to trap a foxy killer is to ride to the foxes.
"There was murder in the quaint North Sea Village of Rackmoor. The body of a mysterious woman in a mummer's costume lay sprawled on a backwater street. Half of her face had been painted black, the other half white, and the blood on her white silk blouse had dried to a stained deep dark red..."
"Warmth, Humor and a great writing style!"
another wonderful richard jury novel
This is Martha Grimes. I love her and I love her books.
A friend recommended Martha Grimes to me and I decided to get the first three books in the Richard Jury series. I enjoyed The Old Fox Deceiv'd and like the main character as well as the English setting and Grime's interesting description of these little English towns and their people.
The Barnes & Noble Review
In this traditional English mystery, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard joins forces with noble-born amateur investigator Melrose Plant to unravel a puzzling case in the quaint and usually quiet northern fishing village of Rackmoor: Near midnight on Twelfth Night, on the steep and shadowy Angel Steps of Rackmoor, a costumed reveler is found savagely stabbed to death. The victim is soon identified as a visitor named Gemma Temple, and authorities are puzzled as to who might have had cause to kill a stranger in this usually quiet town. Motives and connections soon abound when it's revealed that the costume she was killed in was only one of the victim's disguises -- that she's been claiming to be Dillys March, the long-missing but seldom-missed ward of a wealthy local landowner and avid fox hunter. This story is vintage Martha Grimes, with well-drawn characters, an evocative setting, and an intricate plot that stands the test of time.