Book Reviews of I Am the Only Running Footman (Richard Jury, Bk 8)

I Am the Only Running Footman (Richard Jury, Bk 8)
I Am the Only Running Footman - Richard Jury, Bk 8
Author: Martha Grimes
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451410023
ISBN-10: 0451410025
Publication Date: 10/1/2001
Pages: 320
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Publisher: Onyx
Book Type: Paperback
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Supt. Jury #8, in which Jury and Plant again hook up with Devon Chief Constable Brian Macalvie when a killing in London matches one committed in Devon a few months previously. Same killer? Or just coincidence? And who's next in line to be strangled with a scarf? Enjoyable visit with the crew as usual.
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Martha Grimes is a fantastic mystery writer. This is from the Richard Jury series with an eccentric cast of characters with an English pub connection,
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Another good outing for Superintendent Jury and crew.
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Good overall, although tedious at times.
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A typical British mystery novel in the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes.
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I love Martha Grimes' books. I discovered her recently, and have read nearly all of them already!
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Quirky characters help Scotland Yard's Superintendent Richard Jury solve murders (and entertain along the way).

From the bookcover: "They were two young women, strikingly similar in life ... strikingly similar in death. Both were strangled with their own scarves - one in Devon, one outside a fashionable Mayfair pub called I Am the Only Running Footman. Richard Jury teams up with Devon's irascible local divisional commander, Brian Macalvie, to solve the murders. With nothing to tie the women together but the fatal scarves, Jury pursues his only suspect ... and a trail of tragedy that just might lead to yet another victim - and her killer."
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They were two young women, strikingly similar in life... strikingly similar in death. Both were strangled with their own scarves one in Devon, onw outside a fashionable Mayfair pub called I am the only running footman. Richard Jury teams up with Devon's irascible local divisional commander, Brian Macalvie, to solve the murders. With nothing to tie the women together but the fatal scarves, Jury pursues his only suspect and a trail of tragedy that just might lead to yet another victim and her killer.
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She writes so well...and one would really like to get one's hands on Richard Jury.
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Richard Jury solves another murder.
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"LITERATE, WITTY, AND STYLISHLY CRAFTED." --The Washington Post

Not far from a fashionable Mayfair pub called I Am the Only Running Footman lies the body of a blond shopgirl. She has been strangled with her own scarf--a fact that reminds Scotland Yard's Richard Jury of an unsolved murder in Devon, where the irascible local constable Brian Macalvie presides.

Macalvie is convinced the two deaths are connected. Jury has nothing to tie them together but the fatal scarves...until he visits the stately home of his only suspect. And there, amid marbled halls and venerable family portraits, he finds a thread of tragedy that may lead him to yet another victim...and her killer.

"EVERYTHING ABOUT MISS GRIMES'S NEW NOVEL SHOWS HER AT HER BEST...[SHE] GETS OUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION...SHE HOLDS IT, HOWEVER, WITH SOMETHING MORE THEN MERE SUSPENSE." --The New Yorker
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The body of a blond shopgirl lies on the cold cobbles not far from a fashionable Mayfair pub called I Am The Only Running Footman. She has been strangled with her own scarf-and that peculiarity reminds Scotland Yard's Richard Jury of an unsolved murder in Devon, where the irascible local constable Brian Macalvie presides.

Macalvie is convinced the two deaths are connected. Jury has nothing to tie them together but the fatal scarves...until he visits the stately home of his only suspect, David Marr. And there, amid marbled halls and venerable portraits, he finds a thread of tragedy that may lead him to yet another victim...and her killer.
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Two blond young women are found strangled by their own scarves in two different towns. Scotland Yard's Richard Jury is not sure they are connected until he visits the upper class home of his only suspect and views a family portrait. Jury's friend Melrose Plant and his hypochondriac sergeant, Wiggins, aid him in his investigation. Martha Grimes at her best!
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There was lots of English food in this book and I almost suspect that Martha Grimes wrote this mystery to showcase that food. Such as Toad in the Hole, Bangkok Duck, and the Fool dessert. Yes, this book made me curious about English cuisine and now I feel the need to try my hand at making some of these dishes.

What of the mystery? Well, I guessed who the culprit was in Chapter 12, a little before the midpoint of the book. But the story was entertaining, with all the fun characters and the locations, so I quite enjoyed the book even though the mystery part wasnt that mysterious. Dont get me wrong; there was plenty of anticipation, even drama, watching Jury and Macalvie and the ever cough-drop redolent Wiggins try to figure it out and then catch the culprit. This book was plenty entertaining and I listened to it in 2 days.

The Warboys family that runs the inn& pub The Mortal Man were quite entertaining with their crazy meals, the pants-leg pursuing dog, the accident prone family wait staff, and the little fire that occurred but was easily put out. One of the younger sons was trying his hand at story writing and ran some of his ideas past our detectives, much to their consternation and my amusement. Yes, plenty of interesting characters in this book!

The Narration: Steve West did a great job and I cant imagine any other voice for Richard Jury or the gruff Macalvie. His voices for the ladies were distinct and feminine.
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Grimes always supplies an interesting read.
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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.