Friday, June 13, 2014
Book Review: The Blue Last by Martha Grimes
Of course, there's a murder to be solved as well, when Simon Croft, a family friend of the Tyndales and son of the Blue Last's owner is found murdered and a book manuscript he was working on detailing events during WW II is missing. Jury's investigation leads him into danger.
In her usual way Grimes creates memorial characters and sensitive descriptions and interesting plotlines which keep me turning pages. The ending, however, leaves plenty of questions, especially about Gemma Trimm, the mysterious ward of Oliver Tyndale. Grimes picks up those threads in the sequel but to determine how well she does that I'd have to re-read that book, The Grave Maurice, (which happened to be the first Richard Jury I read).
I thoroughly enjoy Grimes' sensitive style. I felt the ending could have been handled a little better...I had a lot of questions at the end. From now on, when I read one of her books, I plan to take notes in order to better track characters and sub plots. It may have helped with this one. I give this three out of five stars, primarily because I felt there we too many unanswered questions, but then, I could just be slow on the uptake.
Here's the link on amazon.The Blue Last