The Old Wine Shades

The Old Wine Shades

Book - 2006
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The latest in New York Times bestselling author Martha Grimess Richard Jury mystery series
The dog came back.
This is a joke, right?
No, it isnt. . . . So do you want to hear the rest of it? Dumbly, Jury nodded.
The rest of it is told by Harry Johnson, a stranger who sits down next to Richard Jury as hes drinking in a London pub called the Old Wine Shades. Over three successive nights Harry spins this complicated story about a good friend of his whose wife and son (and dog) disappeared one day as they were viewing property in Surrey. Theyve been missing for nine monthsno trace, no clue, no lead as to what happened. Hes a fascinating bloke, this Harry Johnsonrich, handsome, unattached, and brainy about the esoteric subject of quantum mechanics, a field in which the vanished womans husband, Hugh Gault, excels: Hes an authority on string theory, which has some pretty funny notions about the nature of reality. Jury wonders, Is Harry Johnson winding him up? Or did it really happen? The dog did come backbut how? And from where? And when Jury investigates, all seems to be just as Harry described it. Until they find the body.
Praise for Martha Grimes:
One of the established masters of the genre.
Newsweek
Grimess] gift for evoking mood and emotion is as keen as her talent for inventing a demanding puzzle, and solving it.
The Wall Street Journal
Grimes] excels at creating a haunting atmosphere andcharacters both poignant and preposterous.
USA Today
Grimes is gifted at exploring the private, sometimes horrifying, yet utterly mundane thoughts of ordinary people.
San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006.
ISBN: 9780670034796
0670034797
Branch Call Number: M GRIMES M
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm.

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george8
Aug 23, 2015

Have enjoyed Jury books in the past, but this was a huge disappointment. Simply dreadfull, boring! Brought the book back after wasting my time reading the first third of it. I DO NOT recommend this book!

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reader0118
Sep 24, 2013

Other Jury books are a treat but not this one. Don't know what Grimes was thinking but whatever it was, it wasn't about this plot. Would not recommend this read.

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TrishOttone
Apr 24, 2013

I think perhaps a little imagination may just lead to good things. These books get significantly better if you give them a chance. "Jury" has depth and the writing is very sound, the mystery surprising, and over all very entertaining, especially if you have a thing for London. Give Grimes the benefit of a least three reads.

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valliereads
Apr 13, 2013

I was enjoying this until the dog started telling the tale! It was all downhill from there. My first and last Martha
Grimes.

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