Monday, May 19, 2014

Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes

Richard Jury is back and looking into a cold case that might be so cold...

Scribner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  The book will be published June 3rd, so make a note to pick it up then.

A woman fell to her death in the backyard of her home.  She had vertigo, they had tall steps down to the yard, and they assume it's suicide.  Her husband doesn't agree.  This is the second death at that house.  A young girl that was a bully fell into the empty pool out there at a birthday party and died.  Tess was accused of being at fault because she wasn't watching the girl.  The fact that they were forbidden to play back there is besides the point.  Then Tess falls down the steps and dies.  Did she fall, or was she pushed?

Richard decides to begin with the children at the party.  Tess and her husband had no children of their own, but Tess always spoiled the ones she did know.  

He visits with the children and gets their remembrances about the party.  He talks to her friends, her doctor, her husband and anyone who can give any insight to the death.  He has to do a lot of digging to find any clues.  The clues he does find don't stand out and are like puzzle pieces to fit together.  

I've followed Richard Jury (and Ms. Grimes) for years and know that Richard will not give up.  He keeps searching, questioning and analyzing the information until he knows what happens.  Long buried secrets come to life.  The psychological impact on the living will be great.  But the questions about the deaths will be answered.  Everyone will be better off with things out in the open except the killer.  And that's called justice.

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