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Dust: A Richard Jury Mystery (Richard Jury Mysteries Book 21) [Kindle Edition]

Martha Grimes
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A young friend pulls Scotland Yard’s Richard Jury into the life—and death—of a wealthy bachelor…

The once-charismatic Billy Maples was last seen in a club named Dust, before his murder in a trendy London hotel. Proving as inscrutable—and challenging—to Jury as the case is the beautiful chief inspecting officer...

Before his death, Maples was a patron of London’s finest art galleries and caretaker of author Henry James’s house in Rye. It’s there where Jury installs Melrose Plant, who takes his job to heart, as Jury closes in on the dark secrets behind Maples’s friends and family…

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Following hard upon the action of 2006's twisty The Old Wine Shades, Grimes's equally intricate 21st Richard Jury mystery brings the Scotland Yard superintendent to a shady London hotel to investigate the murder of wealthy bachelor Billy Maples. Jury discovers connections between the murder case and the distant past through Maples's grandfather, who served as one of Britain's top code breakers during WWII. Allusions to the literary themes of Henry James lend depth. The superintendent also encounters some major romantic complications in the form of gorgeous Det. Insp. Lu Aguilar, the lead detective on the case, and Scotland Yard pathologist Phyllis Nancy. Ably abetted by his longtime amateur colleague, Melrose Plant, Jury deftly and doggedly pursues the killer. While still several notches below P.D. James's outstanding psychological whodunits, this excellent series consistently entertains—and in a way that's accessible for newcomers. 8-city author tour. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Richard Jury, the urbane Superintendent of New Scotland Yard CID, has starred in 21 mysteries and is somewhat of a holdover from an earlier era of procedurals, when crime-scene investigation took a backseat to the leisurely examination of the victim's past life. This time out one of Jury's informants, a teen who works as a waiter in a posh London hotel, summons Jury (who is in bed with his forensic-pathologist lover at the time), saying that he's found a body. The victim is a wealthy man whose past connects him to secrets from the World War II code breakers and to the novelist Henry James. Jury's friend, the effete Melrose Plant, helps out by investigating Lamb House, where James composed three of his novels, while Jury indulges in an improbable, bodice-ripper of an affair with a sexy new detective inspector. Sprawling in scope, sketchy on plotting, but still a good old-fashioned read for Jury fans. Connie Fletcher
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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (January 16, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IATD2Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this becoming a serial? April 30, 2007
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I'm not quite sure what Martha Grimes is up to with her last two books. I was thoroughly enjoying THE OLD WINE SHADES until I got to the end and still did not know "Who done it?"!!! She picks up part of that story in DUST, but there is still no resolution. She is quite an adept storyteller, but I have to say I am upset with her in her ploy to seemingly link each book to the next. DUST, the story of the murder of a young heir to a fortune, was quite entertaining until the end when, AGAIN, we were left up in the air. I have to admit that I really read Grimes these days to see what Cyril the cat is up to, but the books should really go back to her old formulas and at least give her readers some satisfaction at the end of each book. If you really love classic mysteries, go back and read her older books. They are much more satisfying!
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dust March 11, 2007
This is the 21st book in the Richard Jury series, and I've been reading them for over twenty years and have always looked forward to the next one in the series. In the last two books Grimes seems to be trying to take the central character in a new direction. Other than Melrose Plant, all the usual characters are either missing or play minor roles in this book. There is a new emphasis on sex and less emphasis on tying up loose ends in the plot. Grimes earlier books in the Jury series were much better written, and were also much more enjoyable to read.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I give up January 24, 2007
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I have read everyone of Martha Grimes' Jury mysteries, including the awful Old Wine Shades. I used to look forward to reading a new Jury mystery. Old Wine Shades almost did me in, but Dust definitely is the nail in the coffin, What a mess! What happened? Is every new book just going to be an unresolved continuation of the prior book? I cannot imagine what a new reader would make of this mess.
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87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars: a decent read February 5, 2007
By tregatt
I had decided against reading this latest Richard Jury installment. While many of her later Richard Jury novels (and we won't include "The Old Wine Shades" here) have been largely decent reads in spite of certain factors (characters and subplots that hijack the novel even though they have precious little to do with the main plot), these later installments really pale in comparison to her earlier stellar work. And so I had decided not to bother about reading "Dust" especially when I had heard that Jury's main preoccupation here was about bedding the detective in charge of the case he's horned in on, Detective Inspector Lu Aguilar. But a weekend looming with nothing to read, made me breakdown and borrow the book. And in the end I'm glad that I did. True, there was the unfortunate Jury-Aguilar diversion, but for the most part, in spite of the slowish start, "Dust" turned out to be a decent read.

When young Benny Keegan discovers the dead body of a guest in the patio of one of the room's at Zetter's (a rather posh London hotel), his first thought, after ascertaining that the man is actually dead, is to call up his friend Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard. After all, as an underaged child working illegally at the hotel, Benny cannot afford to be caught in the middle of a murder investigation, and that's where Jury comes in -- to stand between the wheels of an official investigation and Benny. For Jury however, this investigation poses a whole set of different problems. To begin with there is the murder victim, Billy Maples, a rich young man, given to lavish spending, mood swings, and who was such an aficionado of Henry James' that he rented James' cottage in Rye from the National Trust. Why was Maples murdered? For gain, or for revenge?
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dust May 23, 2007
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I have been a Martha Grimes fan since "The Man With a Load of Mischief". May I suggest that Ms. Grimes reread that title, "The Old Fox Deceiv'd", "The Five Bells of Bladebone", or even "The Stargazey"? She seems to have lost her sense of humor. While the storyline makes for a reasonably good mystery, readers expecting her usual mix of humor and mystery will be disappointed in "Dust". I found the sex gratuitous, and totally out of character for Inspector Jury. Not that he is a sexless protagonist, but I sense that Ms. Grimes is getting bored with Jury, Plant, Trueblood et al. She tried to kill Jury off once and apparently couldn't bring herself to do it. Maybe it's time she moved on to someone else. The charm of the "pub mysteries" has always been the wonderful blend of humor, wry observation and mix of wonderfully off-beat characters coupled with a good old-fashioned murder mystery. I was sorry to see this title succumb to cheap thrills.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grimes is going downhill fast March 4, 2007
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I have read all the Richard Jury mysteries by Martha Grimes. In reading this book, I had a hard time plowing through all the irrelevant sex (isn't he too old for that?) and then I was brought up short at the end still asking, "Who dunnit?" I do not have a clue, but I do have a resolution that I will not waste my money on Grimes again.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and Disappointing January 25, 2007
I have read all but "The Old Wine Shades" and have usually been pleased with Richard Jury and Friends. Some of the themes seemed repetitive with the young girls being so mature, etc. But "Dust" is a whole new feeling and I don't like it. The plot is confusing and unsatisfying in conclusion. Her obsession with Henry James is pedantic and on reading about James, I found the following quote: "In his later work he begins to explore the interesting possibilities of 'unreliable narrators' - that is, people telling stories who may not know or reveal the whole truth". Is this where she is going?

Won't buy another of her books and have cancelled "The Old Wine Shades".

Good luck. Who did push the girls over the side of the raft?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine Jury mystery
The friends of Richard Jury make every book worth the while. I recommend these cozy mysteries for their light and sweet reading.
Published 7 days ago by a critic
4.0 out of 5 stars I keep buying the "Richard Jury Mysteries" because I love the...
I keep buying the "Richard Jury Mysteries" because I love the continuing characters and the relationships. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mrs. J. Marsh
2.0 out of 5 stars tiime for a rest
I started reading Jury books from the 1st one out they were great
Now after reading DUST I think the Grimes should take the Jury
crew all on a vacation for a long time
Published 1 month ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 2 months ago by anonymous
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not one of her best
Not my favorite, and the ambiguous ending really annoyed me. Too many references to Henry James' works that I had not read. I like the dog and the kid.
Published 2 months ago by Razorback Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Grimes is spot on again
As always, a satisfying read from Elizabeth Grimes.
Published 3 months ago by AnneBTorreyson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I prefer the books set in the north where all the quirky characters live
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Surprise !
What a surprise ! A boring Richard Jury book ! What happened ??? For the first time I couldn't continue the story, too boring, too dull, too suspense-less. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pauline Kaldelli
3.0 out of 5 stars DUST by Martha Grimes
Not bad, but a little slow; I actually wasn't interested enough to finish it with several others waiting for me on my Kindle list.
Published 3 months ago by Lilylu
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Richard Jury mysteries
Plot and cast of characters were fascinating. The historical intertwining of World War Two attempts to save both the English and German children and the uncovering of valuable... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pam
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Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of twenty-one Richard Jury novels, as well as the novels Dakota and Foul Matter, among others. Her previous two Jury books, The Old Wine Shades and Dust, both appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

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