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The author of the book: Martha Grimes
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Edition: Onyx Books
Date of issue: September 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9781101119327
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I got a little tired of the Richard Jury series; several of the books seemed to end so strangely, that I found I was saying to myself WHAT? Who did WHAT? Who was HE? And I read carefully, too. So I gave up on the series until I picked up this book and read the inside description.
Old house. Weird old house. On a cliff. Abandoned by its owners, well sort of. Being let out to rent, yet still filled with the owners' belongings, and the renter? Melrose Plant, the aristocrat who gave up his title, and a character I like, so...
I read it and was confused about midway through. Par for the course for a Richard Jury book. However, handsome old Richard is hardly in this book. His place is taken by Commander Brian MacAlvie, who is investigating the death of a young woman found in the woods near a pub known as the Lamorna Wink. But there's other mysteries here, too, with the most puzzling (and tragic) involving the death of two small children who drowned four years ago. They are the reason for the abandoned house in the first place.
It's really a convoluted plot, with lots of twists and turns, as well as the usual antics by Aunt Agatha, Melrose's interfering aunt, and a cast of eccentric characters who inhabit the local pubs and the local nursing home. (Grimes excels at writing eccentric characters, though I often see people I know looking like and behaving exactly as she writes them. Totally bizarre, but true-to-life, in other words.)
Richard Jury does make an appearance late in the story but this is Macalvie's investigation, assisted by Melrose Plant, a man who gets involved in more mysterious deaths than few others in mystery-literaturedom. There's also, of course, the hypochonrdriac Sergeant Wiggins, and several of the usual group including Marshall Trueblood, Diane DeMorney and the lovely Vivian Rivington.
An enjoyable, if confusing read at times. Best read, IMO, for the atmosphere, not the story.
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Read information about the authorMartha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.
She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W., a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montgomery College.
Grimes is best known for her series of novels featuring Richard Jury, an inspector with Scotland Yard, and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles. Each of the Jury mysteries is named after a pub. Her page-turning, character-driven tales fall into the mystery subdivision of "cozies." In 1983, Grimes received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace.
The background to Hotel Paradise is drawn on the experiences she enjoyed spending summers at her mother's hotel in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. One of the characters, Mr Britain, is drawn on Britten Leo Martin, Sr, who then ran Marti's Store which he owned with his father and brother. Martin's Store is accessible by a short walkway from Mountain Lake, the site of the former Hotel, which was torn down in 1967.
She splits her time between homes in Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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