Richard Jury, the brooding Scotland Yard detective-hero of many of Martha Grimes's mysteries, is back in The Case Has Altered, but--as usual--his sidekick Melrose Plant steals the show. Set in the fens of Lincolnshire, Jury must investigate two murders in which his true love, Jenny Kennington, is a suspect. But while Jury deals with the evidence, Melrose uncovers the local color, interviewing everyone from uncommunicative pub owners to chatty cooks. Even murder seems a little less grim with Melrose Plant around. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
absolutely dull!, December 2, 2002 Reviewer: A reader from DUBLIN 4 Ireland I bought this because reviews on the back cover stated it was as good as Sayers, Christie, etc. Indescribable boredom best describes my feeling prior to putting the book in the bin - I could not even give it to a charity bookshop - it was so dull!! The English speech patterns are obviously derived from Coronotaion Street or such like soaps - while the effect sought is apparently PG Wodehouse with a touch of The Nine Tailors. Characters have tedious conversations, the hero - a Scotland Yard policeman - apparently has no work to do, but he is in love with a Lady Kennington - therefore very posh! The only entertaining character is the owner of an antiques shop - but that's just because he is very rude about everybody else!