Synopses & Reviews
In her latest Richard Jury mystery, Martha Grimes delivers the newest addition to the bestselling series The Washington Post
calls “literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive, bizarre.” The inimitable Scotland Yard Superintendent returns, now with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo
Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the forty-second floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’s death was accidental—a direct result of vertigo—but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.
Jury learns that a nine-year-old girl fell to her death five years before Tess at the same country house in Devon where Tess died. The girl had been a guest at a party Tess was giving for six children. Jury seeks out the five surviving party guests, who are now adults, hoping they can shed light on this bizarre coincidence.
Meanwhile, an elegantly dressed woman falls to her death from the tower of a cottage near the pub where Jury and his cronies are dining one night. Then the dead woman’s estranged husband is killed as well. Four deaths—two in the past, two that occur on the pages of this intricate, compelling novel—keep Richard Jury and his sidekick Sergeant Wiggins running from their homes in Islington to the countryside in Devon and to London as they try to figure out if the deaths were accidental or not. And, if they are connected.
Witty, well-written, with literary references from Thomas Hardy to Yeats, Vertigo 42 is a pitch perfect, page-turning novel from a mystery writer at the top of her game.
It's been four years since I had a chance to delight in the company of Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard and I'm so glad he's back. He and his colleagues are grand companions. Once again, Martha Grimes has written a whodunit with terrific characters and a grand plot mixed with her unique droll wit. Vertigo 42 is one smart mystery!
Like all great satirists, Ms. Grimes sees the world from the other side of the looking glass and invites us to come along for a wild and wacky ride.
Gloriously quirky…Grimes is no slouch at creating vivid characters.
The character sketches Grimes provides are more satisfying than other authors’ full portraits. Longtime fans will find this tale fully worthy of Jury and his regulars.
Grimes, recipient of the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America in 2012, shows what mastery is all about in this compelling new Richard Jury mystery...[many] murders occupy Jury as he confronts the puzzle of the past, and Grimes ingeniously links all of them to Hitchcock. One of the highlights in a stellar series.
Four years is much too long to go without a wonderfully loopy Martha Grimes mystery featuring her Scotland Yard detective, Superintendent Richard Jury, and his eccentric friends—and their dogs. A forlorn Staffordshire terrier named Stanley makes an appearance in Vertigo 42, as do a winsome stray named Joey and some unnamed pit bulls victimized in a cruel dogfighting racket operating under the radar in London. Hurting an animal is like betraying a friend to Grimes, who draws on literature to develop her themes of friendship and loyalty and extend them to Jury’s murder case.
"Grimes, who excels in atmosphere as well as plot, again concocts an absorbing tale. With a nod to — and a clever twist on — Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo, she treats readers to an intelligent, literary whodunit marked by her wit, her wisdom and, most of all, her sympathetic understanding of humanity."
Praise for Elizabeth George and her Novels
"Elizabeth George is a superstar of the crime-fiction world, British Inspector Division. Deservedly so: Her tails always provide nuanced character studies and insights into social issues along with their intricate mysteries."
—The Seattle Times on Believing the Lie
“Definitely a literary force to be reckoned with.”
“Its tough to resist Georges storytelling, once hooked.”
"Riveting tale of love, passion, and betrayal...series fans will enjoy following Lynley and Havers on their first investigation outside the U.K., while newcomers will be just as enthralled."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Just One Evil Act
"Just One Evil Act [is] among the most demanding and satisfying of the many detective novels by Elizabeth George."
—The Wall Street Journal
"A serious, suspenseful, thought-provoking and heart-rending novel."
—Richmond Times Dispatch on Just One Evil Act
“George is a master of the wily plot and the timely tossed out red herring… Georges fans will be glad to see Havers back in action, even though, as ever, shes quick to land in trouble. And as for Lynley—well, hes as cool as ever, in more than one sense of the word.”
—Kirkus Reviews on Just One Evil Act
"This is a must for fans of this series. Twists and turns are vintage George and do not disappoint."
—Library Journal on Just One Evil Act
"A multiplicity of subplots and a richness of physical detail...The terrain and the weather are objective correlatives to the characters' stormy patches. Meanwhile, the story strands are untied and retied in satisfying and often moving ways."
—The Wall Street Journal on Believing the Lie
—Entertainment Weekly on Believing the Lie
"A dense, twisty plot with characters who reveal the sad spectrum of human dereliction."
—People on Believing the Lie
"George's...ability to continually enhance the portraits of Lynley, Havers, and other recurring characters while generating fully fleshed new ones for each novel is nothing less than superlative, and her atmospheric prose, complete with lovely and detailed descriptions of her setting, combines to add literary gravitas to her work....A worthy addition to her portfolio and one that simultaneously disturbs and satisfies."
“This is one of her best.”
—Daily American on Believing the Lie
“Georges many fans…will be thrilled with this new episode in the lives of her lovable cast of characters.”
—Library Journal on Believing the Lie
“George's strengths--character development, plot twists and shocking tragedy--continue to shine.”
—Shelf Awareness on Believing the Lie
“A book of twists, turns and, to be blunt, fantastic writing…A complete A+ for the mystery realm.”
—Suspense Magazine on Believing the Lie
“[Lynley is] one of the great character portraits in contemporary crime fiction.”
—The Boston Globe
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors award-winning Inspector Lynley series returns with another character-driven crime drama featuring beloved Scotland Yard members Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley.
Elizabeth George first claimed a spot on the New York Times bestseller list in 1994. Two decades later her Lynley novels are still at the top of national bestseller lists, proving how vast and loyal her audience is. Critics and fans alike cherish Inspector Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton, and Sergeant Havers, his working-class partner, for their believably irascible relationship as much as for their uncanny ability to solve the most challenging cases. And in her twentieth Inspector Lynley novel, A Banquet of Consequences, George delivers another winner as Lynley and Havers are drawn from Cambridge to London to the windswept town of Shaftesbury during one of their most complex cases yet.
About the Author
Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen suspense novels, two young adult novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha Awards as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.