The Anodyne Necklace (Richard Jury Series #3)

The Anodyne Necklace (Richard Jury Series #3)


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Third in the bestselling series from "one of the established masters of the genre" (Newsweek). Scotland Yard's Richard Jury solves a bizarre murder in an even stranger town-and follows a treasure map to yet another chilling crime...

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ISBN-13: 9780671574512
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 05/01/1997
Series: Richard Jury Series , #3
Product dimensions: 4.57(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Martha Grimes has come a long way since her first Richard Jury mystery was plucked from the publishing house slush pile. There are now more than twenty novels in the bestselling series that stars Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury, including Vertigo 42 (with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie Vertigo), The Black Cat, and The Blue Last. Grimes is also the author of the novels Foul Matter, Fadeaway Girl, and others. In 2012, she won the Grand Master Award from The Mystery Writers of America.


Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

May 2, 1931

Place of Birth:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


B.A., M.A., University of Maryland

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The Anodyne Necklace (Richard Jury Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BrimleyBum More than 1 year ago
Martha Grimes' continues to please with The Anodyne Necklace, a story that includes an assault in London and a murder in the village of Littlebourne that just might be related. Richard Jury finds himself investigating both, and with help from his friend, Melrose Plant, and his assistant, Sargeant Wiggins, he interviews the quirky residents of Littlebourne, and the even quirkier residents of a rundown section of London. There are a lot of characters, and a lot of traveling back and forth between London and Littlebourne, so one must pay attention, but the colorful characters provide great entertainment, and the complexity of the storyline and plot ensure the mystery remains until the end.
maryanntherese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another well-written installment in this series which has yet to disappoint. Inspector Jury is called to the village of Littlebourne to investigate a body in a marshy wood. He invites his friend, amateur sleuth Melrose Plant to accompany him. Four seemingly unconnected events must have a deeper meaning, and Jury and Plant investigate.The settings and characters are believably drawn here. The treasure map included was ingenious. And I was kept guessing, and guessed wrong, right up to the end.
ChrisSterry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this tremendously. The English Country Village cast was well desribed, and Emily Louise Perk is a brilliant creation. Despite the wondrous names I found the Cripps family and their abode a little too Dickensian. Perhaps Martha Grimes was inspirted by 'Shameless', but it just didn't ring true and fit well with the rest of the book. Still a cracking good read. Curiously I was led to this book by a marginal reference to the Anodyne Nacklace (the device, not the pub) in Goldsmith's The Vicara of Wakefield. I googled it, and ended up with my first Martha Grimes novel Not my last, I can say for a certainty! Good on yer google.I came a cross a pub names 'The Blood Tub' yesterday. There were three of them in lancashire. Has Martha Grimes taken on that name yet?
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3rd in the Richard Jury series.Recently promoted to superintendent over the ineffectual obstructiveness of Chief Superintendent Racer, Richard Jury is once again called out of rota by the malicious Racer and sent to Littlebourne to investigate a gruesome murder/mutilation.A young woman has been murdered at night in Horndean Wood and the fingers of one hand cut off. A stranger to Littlebourne, no one can understand what she was doing at that time in that place. Seemingly coincidentally, another young woman--the daughter of the local pub's owner--was brutally assaulted earlier, playing her violin as a busker at the Wembly Knott Underground station in London's East End; she lies in a coma in a hospital. Adding to the unlikely activity in a small country village, there have been a rash of poison pen letters addressed to some of Littlebourne's more prominent citizens.Meanwhile, by dint of low cunning, Melrose Plant ditches his aunt at Ardry End and joins Jury at the latter's request in Littlebourne. As the designator assessor of the local residents, Melrose poses as a prospective buyer of Stonington, a large manor up for sale by the widow of the late owner, Lord Kennington. The previous year, Lord Kennington's secretary, Trevor Tree, stole a very valuable emerald necklace belonging to Jenny Kennington. It was never recovered, the thief having been accidentally killed from being hit by a car in London.As is usual in this series, The Anodyne Necklace sparkles due to its cast of characters, which includes the much-loathed landed gentry, Sir Miles Bodenheim and the rest of his obnoxious family; the Craigie sisters; the introduction of Polly Praed, local trash mystery writer and others. But alone worth the price of the book is the Cripps family of Catchcoach St. in London's East End: Ash (the Flasher) Cripps, his wife White Ellie (short for Elephant), and their brood of criminals-in-the-making, including (but not restricted to) Sookey, Joey, and Friendly who is a bit too much of a chip off the old block. The initial description of Jury and Wiggen's encounter with the Cripps' home and the family is a hysterically funny piece of writing. The kitchen:"...was the dirtiest scullery Jury had ever seen. Crusted dishes, spent crockery and pockmarked pots covered every surface. Icicles of grease hung from the cooker. Wiggens stared in perverse fascination at a frying pan which held an inch of hardened lard."White Ellie herself is one of literature's more memorable creations.Melrose's visit to Catchcoach St. in his Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and his back-up plan for preserving the integrity of his car are worthy additions to the theories of child-rearing.To offset the Cripps offspring, there is, in Littlebourne, Emily Louise Perk, another of Grimes' bright young children who are integral to teh solving of the mystery.The titles of the books in this series are the names of pubs and inns, and the Andoyne Necklace is no exception. Not only does it play a crucial part in the plot, the history of the real Anodyne Necklace is fascinating in itself. The plot is good, the climax satisfying, but the characters are so much better.Grimesism: "Her [Sylvia Bodenheim] eyes were the color of fungi one was always afraid of picking in the woods."Highly recommended if only for the Cripps family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Grime's best with Jury. Fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The conclusion & culprit are major weak points in an otherwise stellar little tale with plenty of mystery and mayhem to keep the reader entertained. by aj west
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
Another good addition to the Richard Jury series. Jury has just that slightest touch of melancholy that I remember so well. Melrose is once again stupendous. He is my favorite character. I did have a bit of a hard time envisioning the responsible as the killer, it seemed a bit like the ending was just kind of thrown together at the last minute. The characters didn't seem to think the culprit likely either, with several of them going on about how unlikely they were as a suspect. The ending made this a weaker novel than it otherwise was. I thought the characters were better developed than in The Old Fox Deceiv'd, but the ending was weak point. The paperback version was formatted OK, with no obvious spelling or grammatical errors, but the type was quite small with fairly large margins, making it somewhat difficult to read if not in bright light
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Pads out beside him.