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The Grave Maurice

(2002)
(Book 18 in the Richard Jury series)
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The Barnes & Noble Review
The 18th novel in Martha Grimes's popular Richard Jury series finds the author extending her range, echoing the work of two other masters of mystery -- osephine Tey and Dick Francis -- while skewering British society with a droll, rapier wit.

The fun starts with Jury lying in a hospital bed, recuperating from the bullet wound he received at the end of The Blue Last. In a scene reminiscent of Tey's classic hospital bed mystery, The Daughter of Time, a bored, frustrated Jury is overjoyed when his assistant, Melrose Plant, arrives with a proffered mystery. While in the local pub, called the Grave Maurice, Plant overhears a conversation concerning the disappearance of teenager Nell Ryder, the daughter of Jury's surgeon. Nell vanished two years earlier from the family horse farm, but there are rumors she's been seen riding at midnight on her favorite mare. On Jury's orders, Plant enters the occasionally bizarre world of horse racing. There he meets Nell's cousin, Maurice, a grave lad plagued by an adolescent growth spurt that's left him too tall to be a jockey, his only dream since he was a boy. The eccentric suspects start piling up, as do the murders, as Jury is eventually released from the hospital and enters the fray. Grimes, perhaps overcompensating for entering the equestrian universe dominated by Dick Francis, spends a bit too much time giving us the minute details of horse breeding. However, the offbeat characters -- especially a demanding nurse who infuriates Jury -- are so likable they soon smooth over any bumps in the narrative road. The Grave Maurice is a strange and unique amalgam of satire and mystery that works on most levels, thanks to the author's sure and talented hand. Tom Piccirilli

Genre: Mystery
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Hardback Editions

January 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Grave Maurice (Richard Jury Mystery)
Author(s): Martha Grimes
ISBN: 0-7394-2988-4 / 978-0-7394-2988-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Penguin Group
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January 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Grave Maurice: A Richard Jury Mystery
Author(s): Martha Grimes
ISBN: 0-7862-4929-3 / 978-0-7862-4929-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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August 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Grave Maurice
Author(s): Martha Grimes
ISBN: 0-670-03045-7 / 978-0-670-03045-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

September 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Grave Maurice
Author(s): Martha Grimes
ISBN: 0-451-41101-3 / 978-0-451-41101-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Audio Editions

November 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Grave Maurice
Author(s): Martha Grimes
ISBN: 1-5366-2340-7 / 978-1-5366-2340-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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September 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Grave Maurice: Richard Jury, Book 18
Author(s): Martha Grimes
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Grave Maurice: Richard Jury, Book 18
Author(s): Martha Grimes
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Grave Maurice: Richard Jury, Book 18
Author(s): Martha Grimes
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Grave Maurice (Detective Series)
Author(s): Martha Grimes
ISBN: 0-7366-8681-9 / 978-0-7366-8681-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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August 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Grave Maurice, the Audio (Richard Jury Mysteries)
Author(s): Martha Grimes
ISBN: 0-14-280011-2 / 978-0-14-280011-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Grave Maurice (The Richard Jury Mysteries)
Author(s): Martha Grimes
Publisher: Grove Press
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September 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Grave Maurice (Richard Jury Mysteries Book 18)
Author(s): Martha Grimes
Publisher: Berkley
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