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More About Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes; Steve WestOverviewThe inimitable Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury returns in another "literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive, bizarre" (The Washington Post) mystery, now with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock's famous movie, Vertigo. Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the forty-second floor of an office building in London's financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess's death was accidental--a direct result of vertigo--but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case. Jury learns that a nine-year-old girl fell to her death five years before Tess at the same country house in Devon where Tess died. The girl had been a guest at a party Tess was giving for six children. Jury seeks out the five surviving party guests, who are now adults, hoping they can shed light on this bizarre coincidence. Meanwhile, an elegantly dressed woman falls to her death from the tower of a cottage near the pub where Jury and his cronies are dining one night. Then the dead woman's estranged husband is killed as well. Four deaths--two in the past, two that occur within this intricate, compelling novel--keep Richard Jury and his sidekick Sergeant Wiggins running from their homes in Islington to the countryside in Devon and to London as they try to figure out if the deaths were accidental or not. And, if they are connected. Witty, well-written, with literary references from Thomas Hardy to Yeats, Vertigo 42 is a pitch perfect, edge-of-your-seat audiobook from a mystery writer at the top of her game.
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- ISBN-13: 9781442369801
- ISBN-10: 1442369809
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 10
- Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds
Series: Richard Jury Mysteries (Audio)
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Audio: Dizzying heights
Martha Grimes seems to have more fun with her mysteries than most of the genre’s perpetrators. And there’s good evidence of that in her latest, Vertigo 42, which brings back New Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury, his sidekick Sgt. Wiggins, his best friend, wealthy, elegant Melrose Plant, and Plant’s eccentric, well-heeled cronies who hang out in a Devon pub. Grimes peppers this top-notch whodunit with clues hidden in literary classics like Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Forster’s A Passage to India, T.S. Eliot’s poetry and, not surprisingly, Hitchcock’s classic film Vertigo, and wraps it in the Devon set’s charmingly odd doings. Asked to look into Tess Williamson’s fatal fall 17 years ago by her husband, who still believes it was murder, Jury’s back in Devon only to be confronted with another dubious fatal fall. Connected? If you listen carefully to Steve West’s bravura performance and know your fiction and flicks well, you’ll figure it out. If not, no matter, you’ll have a vertiginously high time.
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