The Old Contemptibles

The Old Contemptibles

Book - 1996
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"The author keeps us enthralled with the rich interior and exterior lives of her characters in this emotionally stormy family saga."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
When Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury is drawn into a brief affair with a troubled widow named Jane Holdsworth, her subsequent death makes him a suspect in her murder. Unable to leave London, Jury sends Melrose Plant, eighth Earl of Caverness to the Lake District to pry open the Holdsworth family's locked box of secrets. Plant does what he is bidden, in his own particular style, and what he uncovers is a shocking sheaf of surprises about the death-prone Holdsworth clan and its growing number of orphans....
"As always, Grimes' characters are gems, and her writting is as witty as ever."
USA TODAY
Selected by the Literary Guild and the Mystery Guild
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©1996
ISBN: 9780345374561
Branch Call Number: GRIMES
Characteristics: 293 pages

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talk2terih
Nov 16, 2017

While I always enjoy Ms. Grimes' motley crew of recurring characters, in this book, they seemed almost incidental to the story. The one-off characters were well drawn, entertaining, sympathetic in the case of the two children particularly, and recognizably English. The villain of the piece, however, seemed unfinished and hastily drawn, and the hold she had over the deceased seemed like it didn't fit either character.

I would still recommend the book to lovers of Grimes and of English mysteries. Just don't be surprised if you are left wanting a bit more than what you get with the ending.

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missmarple_0
Jul 18, 2016

I enjoyed the characterization in Grimes' earlier novels. Lately, Jury is stupid and totally uninteresting. Even the quirky ones are bland. What happened? Get tired of the crew you invented???

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