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By Martha Grimes

"Chew on this," says Melrose Plant to Richard Jury, who is within the clinic being pushed loopy by way of Hannibal, a nurse who loves to speculate on his probabilities for survival. Jury might 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 health facility. a girl informed an fascinating tale a few woman named Nell Ryder, granddaughter to the landlord of the Ryder Stud Farm in Cambridgeshire, who went lacking greater than a 12 months sooner than and hasn't ever been came across. what's specifically attention-grabbing to Plant is that Nell can be the daughter of Jury's surgeon.

But Nell's disappearance is not the merely secret on the Ryder farm. a girl has been chanced on lifeless at the track-a girl who used to be a stranger even to the Ryders.

But to not Plant. She's the lady he observed within the Grave Maurice. including Jury, Nell's relatives, and the Cambridgeshire police, Plant embarks on a seek to discover Nell and produce her domestic. yet is there extra to their venture than simply restoring a fifteen-year-old lady 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 filled with an analogous suspense and humor that dedicated readers count on from Martha Grimes.

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