The Old Success

The Old Success Review

When the body of a French woman washes up on a wild inlet off the Cornish coast, Brian Macalvie, divisional commander with the Devon-Cornwall police is called in. Who could have killed this beautiful tourist, the only visible footprints nearby belonging to the two little girls who found her?

While Macalvie stands in the Scilly Islands, inspector Richard Jury-twenty miles away on Land's End--is at The Old Success pub, sharing a drink with the legendary former CID detective Tom Brownell, a man renowned for solving every case he undertook. Except one.

In the days following the mysterious slaying of the Parisian tourist, two other murders take place: first, a man is shot on a Northhamptonshire estate, then a holy duster turns up murdered at Exeter Cathedral in Devon. Macalvie, Jury and Bronwell set out to discover whether these three killings, though very different in execution, are connected. Written with Grimes's signature wit, sly plotting, and gloriously offbeat characters, The Old Success is prime fare from "one of the most fascinating mystery writers today" (Houston Chronicle).

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  • Diane S ?

    Number 27. Richard Jury has certainly been a around a good, long while. Yet, things around him he never become boring. Not only is he a good inspector, managing to assemble puzzle pieces into a while ...

  • Beata

    Review to come....

  • Carolyn

    I used to love reading this cosy crime series when it was first written in the 1980s and 90s, featuring Richard Jury of Scotland Yard and his quirky aristocratic friend Melrose Plant, so thought it wo...

  • Judy Lesley

    I've been away from the Martha Grimes "pub" mysteries for quite some time now and I'm sorry to say The Old Success wasn't very successful for me. This is number 25 in the series and true fans will wel...

  • Gail C.

    This is one of those novels I think best read when you have time to sit and read for a while before putting it down. The story is a complex one and the characters are many, so trying to read it in spu...

  • Marjorie

    A beautiful French tourist is murdered, her body washed up on the Cornish coast. Two little girls find her body. Divisional Commander Brian Macalvie doesn’t know what to make of it. While he and Ins...

  • Deb Jones

    The Old Success is the most recent of author Martha Grimes' Inspector Richard Jury series. Jury is still on the job, this time investigating a woman's murder on a remote island. Before long, there are...

  • Vivian

    One body's an accident, two is a coincidence, three is trouble. Strike that, the bullet wounds just make trouble. Entertaining diversion; feature the ocean, remote islands, put a boat on the cover and...

  • Judy

    I really enjoy Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series - there are a lot of them since this is number 25. I haven't read them all, but have read quite a few. This is a set of murders that may or may not be...

  • Joyce

    3 and 1 / 2 starsHow disappointing. I've been reading the adventures of Richard Jury for many, many years. Although the “gang” is back, this story just doesn't seem to hold together very well. I e...