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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 (135 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this becoming a serial? April 30, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dust March 11, 2007
Format:Hardcover
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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84 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars: a decent read February 5, 2007
By tregatt
Format:Hardcover
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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30 of 30 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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31 of 32 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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31 of 33 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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it February 19, 2007
By Cyn
Format:Hardcover
I'll try to write about some of my problems with this book without giving too much away. I've been cooling toward Grimes for some time--I would probably be very happy if I never encountered Aunt Agatha again--but this one really did it for me, although I still rather enjoy Melrose Plant. Actually, I tried reading one of her non-mysteries, and it was truly the only book I can remember not finishing in the last decade or so.

The same things that bothered other people bothered me in Dust, although I did think it was clearly implied who the person was who pushed the sisters out of the lifeboat. The furniture-breaking sex was just silly. What completely muddled me was all the children being shipped around--there was a Kindertransport which was to take Jewish children to safety, one of whom was Kurt Brunner's brother, and another group of German children, among whom was Roderick, who were sent to England for "safekeeping," not to mention the ship taking English children to Canada. The first two seemed to get confused in the telling, and certainly did in my mind. And one thing that really didn't make sense to me was why Mrs. Jessup, who had hated Germans since the war, would resent Kurt Brunner -- he was Jewish, and his parents died in Auschwitz! I'm not sure Grimes cares anymore if things make sense, as long as people keep buying and reading. Glad I got my copy from the library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 days ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the reasons I love Grimes is the way she handles references to...
One of the reasons I love Grimes is the way she handles references to American movies and/or British or American literature. Read more
Published 15 days ago by CHSDCA
1.0 out of 5 stars Jury + Plant 21 2007
Jury's young friend Benny, now working in a hotel, discovers the dead body of Billy Sharples and phones Jury. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Allan DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great new book. fast delivery & packaged well. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Richard E. Darr
4.0 out of 5 stars otherwise I enjoyed it very much
The ending leaves the reader left wondering, otherwise I enjoyed it very much.
Published 2 months ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars great vocabulary (I even had to look up some words) ...
very amusing.....great vocabulary (I even had to look up some words) and an intelligently crafted mystery.
Published 2 months ago by Terry Meyers
2.0 out of 5 stars ... in years and was truly looking forward to a good Richard Jury...
I have not read a Martha Grimes novel in years and was truly looking forward to a good Richard Jury investigation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Edelmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Martha Grimes' Richard Jury and Melrose Plant series
Love Martha Grimes' Richard Jury and Melrose Plant series. It is well written, funny, full of mystery and friendship as well as an understanding of human nature and people at their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jo Ann Kunsman
2.0 out of 5 stars No ending
I usually love the Richard Jury, Melrose Plant books. I enjoyed reading this one but THERE IS NO ENDING!!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by David OConnor
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good, but not great. The mystery works but characters lack depth.
Published 3 months ago by Richard Turpin
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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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