Martha Grimes Mysteries

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Love Mysteries? Try a book by Martha Grimes. She is an author who mostly resides in the US, but writes a series of detective fiction set in England. Grimes is best known for her series of novels featuring Richard Jury, an inspector with Scotland Yard, and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles. Each of the Jury mysteries is named after a pub in England. Her page-turning, character-driven tales fall into the mystery subset of "cozies." Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as "cozies", are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. In 1983, Grimes received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace.

Grimes's latest book is Vertigo 42, the 23rd book in the bestselling Richard Jury series. From the Book Jacket: "Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the forty-second floor of a building in London's Financial district. Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. Her death was presumed accidental, but Jury agrees to re-examine the case. He learns that a nine-year-old girl, a guest at a party Tess was giving for six children, fell to her death five years before Tess at the same place. As Jury seeks out the five surviving guests, two more deaths occur nearby. Were they all accidents? Are they connected?" Check it out today to try your hand at solving the mystery!

LBPH Staff