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The Old Silent

The Old Silent Feeling burned out Jury takes an unplanned stopover in Yorkshire and books a room at a cozy inn called the Old Silent Violence finds him anyway when he becomes the only witness to a murder Though Nel

  • Title: The Old Silent
  • Author: Martha Grimes
  • ISBN: 9780451412072
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Feeling burned out, Jury takes an unplanned stopover in Yorkshire and books a room at a cozy inn called the Old Silent Violence finds him anyway when he becomes the only witness to a murder Though Nell Healey shot her husband in cold blood, Jury will go to any lengths to help her, including taking sick leave from Scotland Yard to investigate Calling on his old friend MeFeeling burned out, Jury takes an unplanned stopover in Yorkshire and books a room at a cozy inn called the Old Silent Violence finds him anyway when he becomes the only witness to a murder Though Nell Healey shot her husband in cold blood, Jury will go to any lengths to help her, including taking sick leave from Scotland Yard to investigate Calling on his old friend Melrose Plant for help, he must break through Nell s reticence to untangle a web of twisted motives and twisted lives.

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    1. As I read this book, I was reminded of a high school English teacher who always talked about "show, not tell" writing. This book was a great example of writing that showed the reader what was happening through well-written descriptions and dialogue, without just telling everything up front. This can be a very effective writing style, but you have to read carefully to catch everything that's going on. The point of view changes between characters frequently (even switching to dogs at one point), s [...]

    2. The book has silently rested among other books waiting for me to read. I had forgotten the delectable characters of the Inspector Jury series, and the wonderful names of the English pubs. Inspector Jury witnesses a cold-blooded murder, but he cannot walk away from the crime without attempting to save the shooter from the gallows. The story jumps back and forth among the various scenes and characters. Martha Grimes brings a richness of language into the story as the reader journeys into the world [...]

    3. Depressed about his life or, more accurately, lack of one, Jury takes some time off and ends up in Bronte country. After more or less stalking an attractive woman through the Bronte Museum and the Children s Toy Museum, ashamed of himself, Jury heads for his lodgings at The Old Silent Inn. There, he sees the woman once more, who is meeting a man she obviously knows. Before he realizes what is happening and certainly before he can prevent it, the woman shoots and kills the man; Jury is in the odd [...]

    4. This is the best of the Grimes Jury/Plant novels. The charm of Plant (who plays a large role in this complex novel) is brought to its best in his friendship with the inimically drawn fiery child shepherdess he befriends at a country inn. This child may be the best of Grimes' transient characters. Her indomitable character and imagination, her fierce independence, and her scorn for most adults (which she lowers just barely for Plant, and later for Jury ) make us really care when circumstances pla [...]

    5. Why do I like these novels so much? They're mildly misogynistic, often overly convoluted, and every book is longer than the last. The characters in each mystery are all starting to sound like the last: this book had a precocious, angry, animal-loving young girl that I swear was in an earlier Jury novel or two as well.Doesn't matter. These are still the comfort read kick I'm on this year, apparently. Every time I'm stressed out I grab another one from the library.

    6. Always worth reading, is Grimes. This one has a rather uncharacteristically active Melrose, which is nice, although I'm not sure I buy the relationship that develops. I could be surprised, and probably will.This was a nice tangled mystery, too, and of course, I could see where it might be headed, but the twist I didn't foresee. Of course, Jury didn't either, so I felt okay about that. It's a sad case of child abduction that ultimately is very sad indeed. Several children are harmed in the making [...]

    7. There's something missing from this one.Although (as usual) I appreciated almost all of Grimes' characters, there was a disjointedness to the tale that prevented this installment from being truly entertaining.The story skips back and forth between locales to allow for various interviews. Many of these seemed superfluous and therefore bewildering. I couldn't figure out just what Jury was hoping to discover. The particular focus on music was also distracting. Being a novice myself about various mu [...]

    8. This book got your intention right from the beginning. A Scotland Yard superintendent starts following this lady around. He is supposed to be on a break but apparently can't. He finds her interesting and after a few places he watches her in a restaurant. A man comes in and the next thing happening is she is shooting. So now he has witnessed her commit a murder. The story is very interesting and even though there is a lot of serious subjects there is also comedy. I chuckled many times while readi [...]

    9. My goodnessway too much information. At one time I thought this is the story of 'The Life and Times of Melrose Plant'. Richard Jury and the mystery seemed to be an after thought. All of the characters do tie together in some manner, but all of the information about sheep, music, and shooting were a little too much. I skipped through most of it. There is one character that is a writer. She is bemoaning the fact that her editor wants her to write in a way that will sell books. She wants to write a [...]

    10. Continuing my reading trip through the Martha Grimes series featuring Superintendent Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard, I have arrived at the tenth entry, The Old Silent. So, I'm not quite to the halfway mark yet in a series that extends, to this point, twenty-three books.The series has evolved quite a lot since its beginning. Sgt. Wiggins has become a more fully fleshed-out and sympathetic character. Brian Macalvie, the stubborn District Superintendent who never gives up on a case, sometimes re [...]

    11. Pity the poor writer. Most starve in genteel poverty and dream of producing a best seller. And those who DO manage to pull it off are forced onto a dreary treadmill by adoring fans who demand the same book over and over and over.The very talented, very likable Ms. Grimes published her first Richard Jury mystery in 1981. Although she's American, she set her novel in England and her characters are Englishmen (and women) who start out as the stereotypical English (as envisioned by Americans who don [...]

    12. "Depressed about his life or, more accurately, lack of one, Jury takes some time off and ends up in Bronte country. After more or less stalking an attractive woman through the Bronte Museum and the Children� s Toy Museum, ashamed of himself, Jury heads for his lodgings at The Old Silent Inn. There, he sees the woman once more, who is meeting a man she obviously knows. Before he realizes what is happening and certainly before he can prevent it, the woman shoots and kills the man; Jury is in the [...]

    13. This is actually 2 1/2 stars rounded up. I think I'm going to quit reading this series, at least for a while. I had high hopes for this installment of the Jury/Plant series, due to highly positive reviews I had read. I also really wanted something that would make me forget the previous book in the series that I had read (Help the Poor Struggler). Unfortunately, "The Old Silent" did not do that. The story revolves around the kidnapping of Billy Healey eight years earlier. The ransom was not paid [...]

    14. I just love Ms. Grimes' Jury novels. They are compelling & entertaining. Ms. Grimes is wonderful at creating the plot, and superb at creating characters that continue through the series as true to themselves. If you are an Agatha Christie fan you will love Martha Grimes. She is so witty, I frequently laugh out loud while reading her novels. In this particular novel, there is no grisly description of the murder. I would call her books mild as compared to, for example, Patricia Cornwell, but n [...]

    15. The four stars here are for the mystery category only, not general. But the book does what all good novels do--introduce you to a lot of characters you never would have met. This is the heart of what Martha Grimes does best. Her books have a mystery, generally a pretty good one; but most of the book revolves around revealing the figures involved in the mystery, with a good many others that she just wanted to work into the book. Mystery: solidly above average. There are loose ends and some dicey [...]

    16. Just reread this after 20 years. This was my original introduction to the series and it really colored my view on Richard Jury being melancholy and morose, even though he isn't in many of the earlier novels. This is probably my favorite of the Jury novels with all the humor intertwined with the dark nature of the subject matter. It starts off a bit slow, but the last 200 pages just flew by. The early part with Melrose being a brilliant conversationalist but not actually talking was hilarious. Lo [...]

    17. Richard Jury is "on vacation", visiting Bronte country when he witnesses a murder. Despite his total lack of jurisdiction, he decides to investigate, especially since the murderer is a mysterious woman who is as silent as the namesake inn. His investigation re-opens a very cold child kidnapping/murder. Once again, we are treated to Martha Grimes' collection of colorful characters, old friends and new ones alike. Brian McElvie, the wonder lawman from the Devon Constabulary also gets involved. Ano [...]

    18. Excellent story. When Richard Jury takes a room at The Old Silent he is intrigued by a woman (Nell Healey) sitting and "not reading" her book. When a man enters, obviously someone she was expecting and they share angry words, she shoots him as he's about to leave. Jury is determined to find out why she killed her husband, Roger, even though he's out of his jurisdiction. Abby and her dog Stranger and the sheep; what a wonderful character is Abby and Melrose is so funny with herEthel, Abby's frien [...]

    19. The sequence that stuck in my mind in the 16 years since I last read this is a suspenseful rush across a snowy moor, from the viewpoints of two herding dogs. I loved it again, so much that I left a bookmark at the spot this time through. It bears rereading on its own.In addition to the dogs, the riveting human characters are little Abby, Ellen Taylor the American author, and Nell Healey, who refuses to explain why she shot her husband in plain view of Inspector Jury. Oh, and Charlie Raine of the [...]

    20. Much has been written about this Richard Jury mystery, but Martha Grimes deserves to be complimented again and again. Grimes' development of character is wonderful; major and minor characters alike are distinct, unique and memorable. In The Odd Silent the character of Abby will remain with you long after the last page is finished. You will continue to remember the eccentricities of Melrose Plant and Jury is one of the most cleverly crafted detectives in literature.Grimes writes novels that happe [...]

    21. In the Old Silent, a pub on the outskirts of London, a wealthy man is brutally shot to death by his wife. The witness to it all? Yep, it's Detective Richard Jury of Scotland Yard, on vay-cay and hoping to relax after his last venture. With his friends Sergeant Wiggins (still having a cold that really needs OJ STAT) and the resourceful Melrose Plant, Jury uncovers connections to family secrets, a child's obsession with Jane Eyre, and of course--rock music. Zeppelin, Lou Reed, Van Halen, etc. Some [...]

    22. As usual Martha Grimes gives the reader an entertaining look into the machinations of DI Richard Jury and his companions as he, with their help, investigates several interrelated murders. Grimes' tale is sprinkled with eccentric characters who appear in all of her books. In real life they would probably be considered childish and pettybut in the world created by Grimes, they are entertaining and colorful. The story is somewhat convoluted and just when you think you have figured out what happened [...]

    23. I like the Richard Jury books but I have to be in the mood. They wander a LOT and the plot isn't thick. This one also has a lot of descriptions of settings, which I can usually appreciatebut I did find myself skimming some pages in this book for that reason. I have had a head cold so I'm wondering if my inability to follow the story was due to writing or my own fuzzy brain. Lol I found it hard to keep up with all the (new) characters and where everybody was and why they were there, so I kinda lo [...]

    24. This book was so horrible that I felt like destroying it, not shelving it, when I finished. The plot is poorly cobbled together. There are too many characters, and many of them are as thinly written as cartoons. This woman is a competent writer for sure; it's not that her prose was awful. But the book had no soul, tried to be clever- but was simply irritating. Awful.Finally, I thought I'd read that the author's an American. If that's true, I'm befuddled, because she seems to have an odd grasp of [...]

    25. This is the weakest in the series so far. I'm hoping this is a one off and the next will be back up to par, or I may be done with this series. The little girl taking care of the animals in the barn was too reminiscent of a similar plot line a few books back (and that one was better written). Overall the plot was weak and I found the ending very hard to reconcile. It was just too much. And the few paragraphs suddenly told from the point of view of the dog was over the top. It took me too long to [...]

    26. This one left me as burned out and confused as Jury himself.There's a current murder, an old kidnapping, a lot about blues music, another murder, an attempted murder.Vivian is apparently actually going to marry her Italian Prince.Wiggins is coming into his own and not being just a hypochondriac joke.There's a little girl who is fiercely fond of animals, and furious at everyone human.And there's several elusive ethereal women.Did it all come together in the end? Yes. Was it worth slogging through [...]

    27. My county's library system doesn't have all the books in this series, so I had to miss several of Jury's mysteries leading up to this particular one. As a result, there were a few references to characters that I wasn't clued in on. I enjoyed the setting and atmosphere a lot - it seemed perfect for cozy mysteries! Can't say I understood the relationship and/or attraction that Melrose experiences in this book, and his newfound (I think; having missed several books, maybe it's only new to me) inter [...]

    28. Another great improvement over the earlier novels. Its as if the author is finally finding her place. The flow is much improved and the twists and turns were good. A nice wrapped up ending as well which i was glad to see after the poor endings of some of the earlier ones. These books are more than simple mysteries but the growing of the repeat characters. It does take some concentration to keep the characters and the story straight - not for the weak reader who expects to skip through!

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