Old Contemptibles

Mass Market Paperback | January 22, 1992

byMartha Grimes

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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

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After entering into an affair with a troubled widow, Richard Jury becomes a suspect in a murder investigation and sends his friend, Melrose Plant, to Scotland to probe into the sordid history of the victim's family. Reprint. NYT.

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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 REVIEWWhen 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...

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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 REVIEWWhen 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...

Martha Grimes was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1950s. She received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Maryland. The idea for Martha Grimes' first British detective novel, The Man With a Load of Mischief (1981), was inspired by the name of a British pub she noticed while leafing through a travel book. A longtime Anglop...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.87 × 4.26 × 0.64 inPublished:January 22, 1992Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345374568

ISBN - 13:9780345374561

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After entering into an affair with a troubled widow, Richard Jury becomes a suspect in a murder investigation and sends his friend, Melrose Plant, to Scotland to probe into the sordid history of the victim's family. Reprint. NYT.