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Vertigo 42 : a Richard Jury mystery, Martha Grimes

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Vertigo 42 : a Richard Jury mystery
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Vertigo 42
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a Richard Jury mystery
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Martha Grimes
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Vertigo forty two
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eng
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"At Vertigo 42, a bar high above London's financial district, Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson - a friend of a friend who is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. Tess's death was ruled accidental - a fall caused by vertigo - but Jury agrees to re-examine the case. A young girl's fatal fall at a children's party 22 years ago at Tom and Tess's home may be connected. After an elegantly dressed woman falls from a tower near a pub that Jury and his cronies frequent, and her estranged husband is later found dead, Jury begins to suspect that the now grown "children" from Tess's ill-fated party are the key to solving these interwoven mysteries"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ 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. To begin with, Grimes is superlative at describing the physical world; the view, for example, from the champagne bar called Vertigo 42 on the forty-second story of a London skyscraper lets Grimes give the reader both an overview of the Thames and its history in a few evocative sentences. And, when Grimes takes us into interiors, whether it’s a posh country home or a down-at-the-heels flat, she is like Dickens in linking human character to habitat. Vertigo 42, as a setting, is a deliberate reminder (developed throughout the book) of Hitchcock’s film. It also is a reminder to the widower who summons New Scotland Yard Superintendent Jury to the bar that the man's wife, who suffered from vertigo, died 17 years ago in a staircase fall that the inquest ruled an accident. The widower, Tom Williamson, is haunted by his wife’s death, which he is convinced was murder, and asks Jury to reinvestigate. Williamson is convinced that his wife’s death is linked to that of a child who drowned in their pool five years earlier. Two other 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. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 05-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 18, p18)
  • MWA Grandmaster Grimes pays tribute to Hitchcock in her middling 23rd mystery featuring London policeman Richard Jury (after 2010’s The Black Cat ). Seventeen years after the discovery of heiress Tess Williamson’s body at the bottom of the terrace stairs at her Devon home, Tom Williamson still doesn’t believe that his wife’s death was accidental—and neither does Supt. Richard Jury, who suspects a link between Tess’s death and that of Hilda Palmer. Five years earlier, nine-year-old Hilda suffered a fatal fall into a drained swimming pool during a birthday party that Tess was hosting for a half dozen young friends. Meanwhile, Jury visits eccentric pal Melrose Plant in Northamptonshire, where he becomes sidetracked by a lost Staffordshire terrier and soon after by a fresh corpse. The plot lines eventually connect to a complex conundrum involving friendship, love, and betrayal. Readers who persevere past Jury’s confusing initial stay at the madcap Plant manse will be rewarded with an involving puzzle—right up to the frustratingly farfetched finale. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 21, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 16, p)
  • Richard Jury returns to investigate four deaths separated by time and geography.When Scotland Yard Superintendant Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar atop one of London's financial towers, Williamson asks him to reopen a couple of long-ago deaths. Williamson lost his wife, Tess, 17 years ago, when she apparently suffered an attack of vertigo and fell down the stairs of their Devonshire country house. Five years earlier, she'd given a party there for six children, one of whom died in a draining pool. Tess was acquitted of any wrongdoing, but she never got over the incident. After Jury starts looking into the case, he's inclined to agree with Williamson that someone with vertigo probably wouldn't have fallen all the way to the bottom of the stairs, and there were easier, more foolproof means of suicide. Jury's also invited to investigate the case of a red-gowned woman found dead at the foot of a tower in Northamptonshire, near the home of Melrose Plant. Plant, the former Lord Ardry and Jury's unofficial sidekick, applies his own investigative style whenever he can be torn away from Soufflé Day and other aspects of the perfect life at his estate. Even with Plant's help, Jury is hard-pressed to make sense of a lost dog, mysterious changes of outfit, a fourth body, and the prevailing questions of whether and how the four deaths are related. The unseen but deeply felt presence of the generous, warmhearted Tess inspires Jury and his team to persevere in seeking justice for her and peace for her husband in a deftly plotted tale balancing wry humor and poignancy without sentimentality.Though newcomers may find Jury enigmatic without a complete back story (The Black Cat, 2010, etc.), the character sketches Grimes (The Way of All Fish, 2014, etc.) provides are more satisfying than other authors' full portraits. Longtime fans will find this tale fully worthy of Jury and his regulars.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2014)
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Grimes, Martha
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813/.54
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no index present
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  • A Richard Jury Mysteries
  • Richard Jury Series
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0023
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  • Police
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  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Jury, Richard (Fictitious character)
  • Police
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  • Amerikanisches Englisch
  • England
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a Richard Jury mystery
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Vertigo 42 : a Richard Jury mystery, Martha Grimes
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327 pages
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9781476724027
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Vertigo 42 : a Richard Jury mystery, Martha Grimes
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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1019686
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781476724027
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013044293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40023906064
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781476724027
  • (OCoLC)864366366

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