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Martha Grimes
The Winds Of Change
407 pages
Having enjoyed several of Martha Grimes novels before, I was keen to ready the latest Richard Jury episode. How dissapointed I was, only half way through.

Rather than an engaging mystery, this was a almost random series of chapter, incoherently put together it would appear, no doubt to keep the series afloat and make some easy money.

The premises are quite intriguing, dealing with child-abduction and abuse, but the plot spirals out of control rather quickly when Melrose Plant, close friend of Jury, is roped in to help out as ort of undercover agent (in an official police investigation, really?) Then there's chapters filled with drap conversations with boring friends, and the occassional excursion into family related matters which add nothing to the story.

It then fizzles out in a totally unlikely climax, which makes no sense whatsoever. Very dissapointing, so don't bother
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Martha Grimes
The Five Bells And Bladebones
299 pages
Antique dealer Marshall Trueblood is delighted when he coaxes Lady Sommerston into selling her secretaire a abattant--at least until it arrives at his shop and vents forth the severed head of a man with more enemies than even Superintendant Jury of Scotland Yard can count. And the ensuing investigation proves problematic in more ways than one.

As usual, Martha Grimes writes beautifully, presenting us with a host of likely and unlikely suspects ranging from an eccentric romance novelist to a near-hysterical book dealer to a woman who greatly enjoys her dubious reputation--and considerable humor in the form of Aunt Agatha, a plaster pig, a bicycle, and chamber pots. But fascinating as her prose is, the sheer complexity of her story seems to run away with her in this particular novel, which piles character upon character and event upon event in a truly dizzying sort way.

Perhaps more to the point, this particular work deals with the thematic thread of to what degree we actually know people as individuals, the plot relies heavily upon coincidence, and Grimes juggles a great many balls to conceal the killer's hand. Whether or not readers feel these balls all fetch up together in logical order is a matter of opinion; clearly some consider this one of her most spectacular finishes while others find it frustratingly vague. For myself, I found the novel requires more concentration than one expects of a murder mystery, and while I thought the device was very clever I felt the conclusion lacked drama and consequently doesn't entirely come off. While I do recommend the novel to long-time Martha Grimes fans, I would hesitate to recommend it to newcomers, who might find BLADEBONE's deliberate ambiguity a bit off-putting.
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