Fans of Martha Grimes will know that the Lamorna Wink must be a British pub, and one to which Superintendent Richard Jury or his aristocratic sidekick Melrose Plant can be counted on to repair in the process of solving a mystery or two. This time, with Jury off in Ireland, Plant takes the starring role. His vacation in picturesque Bletchley on the Cornwall coast is very nearly ruined by the coincidental appearance of his dreaded Aunt Agatha. Ironically, however, he is drawn to the plight of a young man, Johnny Wells, whose favorite aunt has disappeared suddenly without trace. In spite of Agatha, Plant decides to lease a house owned by an American millionaire whose two grandchildren died tragically on the beach a few years before. Within a day or so, a new dead body is found in neighboring Lamorna: that of Sada Colthorp, a young woman who had lived in the area but left to dabble in porn movies. Plant and divisional police commander Brian Macalvie ( Hardcover edition.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful: The Uninvited, July 26, 2003 Reviewer: Mary E. Sibley from Carneys Point, NJ USA A Martha Grimes mystery is a pleasure to read for reason of her character Richard Jury. One casts one's mind over other with whom a female author identifies such as Lord Peter Wimsey and Adam Dalgliesh, but then of course writing is a rather masculine pursuit, particularly for those older than the much talked about baby boomers. I think the men may represent freedom and logical thinking, necessry qualities to detect the circumstances and the perpetrators of crime. Consider some more the selection of hero. In most cases cited above he is well-born, accomplished, even, possibly, a writer. And so the hero is a sort of dream figure, impossibly better situated and more accomplished than the rest of us. Also think of this peculiarity--that Martha Grimes, as is the case of Elizabeth George, is an American who habitually situates her mysteries in England complete with English characters. Well, this turn of events is all in all quite interesting, perhaps a means for the writer to hide sufficiently and to get the job done. At any rate, the result in both instances is good. In truth, Richard Jury has a reduced presence in this adventure. Here we open in the Woodbine Tearoom with Melrose Plant and Marshall Trueblood in discussion about Richard Jury. A feature of the stories is to write about pubs. In the work we have the Drowned Man, wonderful name. It seems the other pub at Bletchley is called the Die is Cast. Johnny Wells, waiter at the Drowned Man and taxi cab driver, discovers his Aunt Chris is missing. Johnny had lived with his Aunt Chris for most of his life. Richard Jury is in North Ireland but Scotland Yard has never put Melrose Plant on a need to know basis. The descriptions of architecture in the vicinity of Cornwall, Devon, and Penzance are pretty glorious. Esme and Noah Bleckley died in the sea by the house Melrose decides to rent for a quarter. There is an unanswerable question remaining about the situation of the children. Why did they walk down the stairs in their night clothes. One of the characters is a chicken king, a wildly successful enterpreneur. He has vacated his own house to live in a nursing home he has financed. Richard Jury shows up. Since the investigators are now looking at six deaths, old and new, and one disappearance, help is needed. The story is convoluted, clever, masterful.