Synopses & Reviews
"Chew on this," says Melrose Plant to Richard Jury, who's in the hospital being driven crazy by Hannibal, a nurse who likes to speculate on his chances for survival. Jury could use a good story, preferably one not ending with his own demise.
Plant tells Jury of something he overheard in The Grave Maurice, a pub near the hospital. A woman told an intriguing story about a girl named Nell Ryder, granddaughter to the owner of the Ryder Stud Farm in Cambridgeshire, who went missing more than a year before and has never been found. What is especially interesting to Plant is that Nell is also the daughter of Jury's surgeon.
But Nell's disappearance isn't the only mystery at the Ryder farm. A woman has been found dead on the track-a woman who was a stranger even to the Ryders.
But not to Plant. She's the woman he saw in The Grave Maurice. Together with Jury, Nell's family, and the Cambridgeshire police, Plant embarks on a search to find Nell and bring her home. But is there more to their mission than just restoring a fifteen-year-old girl to her family?
The Grave Maurice is the eighteenth entry in the Richard Jury series and, from its pastoral opening to its calamitous end, is full of the same suspense and humor that devoted readers expect from Martha Grimes.
"Quintessential Grimes, with a rich canvas and suspicion bouncing from one quirky character to another like a pumped-up pinball." Kirkus Reviews
"This satisfyingly old-fashioned detective tale pays homage to Josephine Tey's famous historical mystery The Daughter of Time....vintage Grimes." Booklist
In a pub called The Grave Maurice, Melrose hears a story of the granddaughter of a local horse breeder abducted two years ago. The girl happens to be the daughter of Jury's surgeon, so Jury reopens the cold case.
In a pub called the Grave Maurice, Melrose Plant overhears the story of Nell Ryder, the granddaughter of the owner of Ryder Stud Farm in Cambridgeshire, the heart of the racing world. The girl was abducted nearly two years before and has never been heard from since. A Richard Jury mystery.
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About the Author
Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter
, Cold Flat Junction
, Hotel Paradise
, The End of the Pier
, and The Train Now Departing