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By Martha Grimes
"Chew on this," says Melrose Plant to Richard Jury, who is within the health center being pushed loopy via Hannibal, a nurse who loves to speculate on his probabilities for survival. Jury may perhaps use an outstanding tale, ideally one now not finishing along with his personal demise.
Plant tells Jury of anything he overheard within the Grave Maurice, a pub close to the medical institution. a girl informed an exciting tale a few woman named Nell Ryder, granddaughter to the landlord of the Ryder Stud Farm in Cambridgeshire, who went lacking greater than a yr earlier than and hasn't ever been came upon. what's specifically attention-grabbing to Plant is that Nell can also be the daughter of Jury's surgeon.
But Nell's disappearance is not the simply secret on the Ryder farm. a girl has been discovered lifeless at the track-a lady who used to be a stranger even to the Ryders.
But to not Plant. She's the girl he observed within the Grave Maurice. including Jury, Nell's kin, and the Cambridgeshire police, Plant embarks on a seek to discover Nell and produce her domestic. yet is there extra to their project than simply restoring a fifteen-year-old woman to her family?
The Grave Maurice is the eighteenth access within the Richard Jury sequence and, from its pastoral starting to its calamitous finish, is stuffed with an analogous suspense and humor that dedicated readers count on from Martha Grimes.
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That’s a reduction. ” “What in hell may you do with a horse? ” “Exactly! ” “You can simply negotiate. ” Melrose sat up. “Negotiate? ” “For the pony. You don’t really purchase it. Negotiating might let you return, probably greater than as soon as. ” Melrose slumped down within the chair. “Richard, I don’t need to know approximately horses; I’m nonetheless filled to the gills with hacheonela and Rumbrim grasses. With field parterres and . . . stuff. ” He flapped his hand in Jury’s course. “You didn’t are looking to be a gardener, both, yet you probably did a bang-up activity. As regularly. ” Jury smiled brightly, the smile quickly to vanish while Nurse Bell entered the room. Seeing Melrose, she braced her legs, dug her fists into plump hips and acknowledged, “It isn’t traveling hours! ” “I’m now not traveling; I dwell the following. ” She waggled a finger within the air. “I’ve spoken to you prior to approximately this, Mr. Plant. you can't take those liberties—” Melrose stood up, digging one among his outdated playing cards from his tweed pocket. “It’s Lord Ardry, really, Earl of Caverness, Baron of Ross and Cromarty, et cetera. ” He passed her the shabby card. She checked out it. “Well . . . ” She smiled at him coyly, exhibiting the teeth which can use a dentist or a crane. “Still, we’ve acquired to be cautious approximately conserving right hours. ” Her finger wagged back, yet in a extra pleasant type. “We’ve acquired to work out our sufferers get their relaxation. ” She had drawn out a thermometer, shaken it and now shoved it into Jury’s mouth. She talked all of the whereas she took his pulse. “Things may so simply flip opposed to them, I suggest the sufferers. simply final week there has been an aged gentleman who’d are available in with a nasty center. healthy as a mess around, he looked”—she checked her watch and chuckled—“and then wouldn’t you recognize it, he slumped over in his wheelchair whilst the attendant was once wheeling him towards the viewers’ room. His daughter and grandchildren have been expecting him and simply as he raised his hand to wave—that’s enough,” acknowledged the nurse to Jury as she yanked the thermometer from his mouth (as if it have been a lollipop he’d been licking) “—and because the little grandson used to be dashing towards the previous guy, he went down like this! ” She snapped arms. “Never bought to assert goodbye, he didn’t. Then there has been the bad little lady that got here in together with her appendix—” acknowledged Melrose, “I continually trip with mine, too. ” Nurse Bell paid him no brain. “—and died at the working desk. center, are you able to think it? bad little Dory. Had a center arrhythmia and no-one knew it. Doctor”—here she checked out Jury simply to permit him understand no longer all of Dr. Ryder’s sufferers walked out less than their very own steam—“blamed himself. Then there has been outdated Willie, that used to be getting on completely good till he choked to dying on espresso from the allotting laptop. ” God! however the lady was once a ghoul. “How may a sufferer choke to loss of life surrounded by means of nurses? ” She didn’t resolution, in simple terms checked out the thermometer ruefully. “Oh, I don’t like this, Mr. Jury. Temperature’s up. I’ll need to inform health care provider, won’t I? ” Melrose hated it whilst “doctor” used to be used similar to a primary identify. Like God, for example.