The Old Wine Shades
Over the course of three nights, Harry – a stranger who sits down next to Jury one night in a London pub – spins a complicated story about a good friend of his whose wife, son and dog disappeared over nine-months ago during a house viewing in Surrey. There has been no trace of them and no clue as to what happened. But the dog has come back.
Dumbfounded, Jury wonders if Harry Johnson is just winding him up. Or did it really happen? When Jury investigates, all seems to be just as Harry described it. Until he finds the body…
‘Grimes’s love of the offbeat, the whimsical and the absurd makes [the Richard Jury series] utterly unlike anyone else’s detective novels.’ (Washington Post)
Billy Maples, former patron of London’s finest art galleries and current tenant of Lamb House in Rye – the late Henry James’s residence – is found murdered in an upmarket hotel in London. Richard Jury, Scotland Yard’s finest, finds himself faced with yet another perplexing investigation.
As Jury delves deeper into the fragments of the life Maples left behind, he finds himself entangled in a web of conflicting stories and false leads. Having enlisted the help of his faithful friend Melrose Plant, Jury must contend with both the case’s lead detective, Lu Aguilar, and the surprise appearance of Maples’s mysterious young nephew in order to crack the case.
The Winds of Change
When an unidentified five-year-old girl is shot on a grimy street in London, Jury knows this will be one of the hardest investigations of his career. He is joined by his colleague DI Johnny Blakeley, head of the paedophile unit of New Scotland Yard, who suspects Viktor Baumann, owner of an iniquitous house on the same street – an operation Blakeley has been long trying to shut down.
Meanwhile, at Angel Gate, where Jury’s trusty sidekick, Melrose Plant, is now a gardener, an unidentified woman has been murdered in the grounds of Declan Scott’s estate. First on the scene is commander of the Devon and Cornwall police, Brian Macalvie. Three years earlier, Declan Scott’s four-year-old stepdaughter, Flora, was abducted and shortly after her disappearance, her mother died too, leaving Declan bereft.
Together Jury, Macalvie, Blakeley and Plant rake over the past and the present and find that all sign posts point to the guilt of Viktor Baumann, who happens to be Flora’s father. But when no one in this case is exactly who they seem, how can Jury be sure?
The Old Fox Deceiv'd
In Rackmoor, a Yorkshire fishing village, the twelfth night of Christmas comes to a dramatic and disturbing end when the corpse of a young woman is discovered. Once again, Inspector Jury’s assistance is required.
However, Jury finds himself struggling at the first hurdle – the girl’s identity – and learns that, before he can grapple with the village’s future, and even its present, he must first face confront its past which turns out to be a tangled maze of unrequited loves, unrevenged wrongs, and even undiscovered murders.
Who was this girl? Was she Gemma Temple, an impostor, or was she really Dillys March, Colonel Titus Crael’s long-lost ward, returning after eight years to the Colonel’s country seat to claim a share of his fortune? And who could possibly want her dead…?
The Grave Maurice
From the confines of his hospital bed, Inspector Jury is seeking refuge from Nurse Hannibal’s constant speculations about his chances of survival when his friend, and partner in crime (prevention), Melrose Plant, arrives with a distraction. It’s a story he overheard a young woman telling in The Grave Maurice about a girl named Nell Ryder – granddaughter to the owner of the Ryder Stud Farm in Cambridgeshire who has been missing for more than a year. More interestingly though, she is the daughter of Jury’s surgeon.
In the wake of this discovery, a woman is found dead on the Ryders’ farm – a stranger to the Ryders, but not to Plant. She is the woman he overheard in The Grave Maurice.
Together with Jury, Nell’s family, and the Cambridgeshire police, Plant embarks on a search to find Nell and bring her home. But is there more to their mission than just restoring a fifteen-year-old girl to her family?