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The author of the book: Martha Grimes
Date of issue: 1991
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Reader ratings: 6.6
ISBN 13: 9780747230335
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“Standard adult mystery” is the overlooked middle ground from which “cozy mysteries” and “suspense-thrillers” are measured: seriousness of plot, or sexuality or violence exhibited. The dividing line can be close, if a grim case and intelligent writing are diluted by banter. “The Man With A Load Of Mischief” showed enough promise for me to keep reading: if only Martha would remove her large tour of gossipy reactions that marred the first half. Melrose Plant’s aunt-by-marriage was a page-waster, in tedious superfluity that reduced the seriousness of the début.
“The Old Fox, Deceiv’d” sticks to the two key heroes, gives us an emotional dose of Richard Jury’s personal past and current home life, in which he keeps watch over neighbours who are nervous about crime. Melrose’s aunt only peeks into the novel and we plunge right into an unsettling mystery of the past, tying in a recent murder. The village patron’s ward disappeared years ago and a woman who returned is dead. Was it she, or a doppelganger? What became of the girl, herself? Every suspect is plausible enough to intrigue us and all do have secrets that it is enthralling to explore. This novel is firmly a “standard adult mystery” and hailing from 1982, does a fantastic job of discussing other moral topics. If a kid can do for himself at home and is monitored by neighbours: what constitutes child abandonment?
I leaped from three stars to five for this novel! Solving the case requires pieces from lots of angles, which the team divides & conquers. I do love the intelligently-incorporated humour; like Albert Wiggins having a “tablecloth of a handkerchief”! These quips do not stem the suspenseful flow but create personal viewpoints that make policemen relatable. If “The Anodyne Necklace” is the award-winner: I cannot wait to read it!
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Read information about the authorMartha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.
She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W., a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montgomery College.
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. Her page-turning, character-driven tales fall into the mystery subdivision of "cozies." In 1983, Grimes received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace.
The background to Hotel Paradise is drawn on the experiences she enjoyed spending summers at her mother's hotel in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. One of the characters, Mr Britain, is drawn on Britten Leo Martin, Sr, who then ran Marti's Store which he owned with his father and brother. Martin's Store is accessible by a short walkway from Mountain Lake, the site of the former Hotel, which was torn down in 1967.
She splits her time between homes in Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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