When three women die of "natural causes" in London and the West Country, there appears to be no connection - or reason to suspect foul play. But Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury has other ideas, and before long he's following his keen police instincts all the way to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
There, in the company of a brooding 13-year-old girl and her pet coyote, he mingles with an odd assortment of characters and tangles with a twisted plot that stretches from England to the American Southwest. And while his good friend Melrose Plant pursues inquires in London, Jury delves deeper into the more baffling elements of the case, discovering firsthand what the guide books don't tell you: That the Land of Enchantment is also a landscape ripe with tragedy, treachery, and murder.
©2013 Marth Grimes (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
Each book of the series of Inspector Jury is a nice story, with likeable protagonists, behaving in a more or less extravagant way, with more or less logic. The mistery of this story is particularly baffling: three women that may or may not have known each other, have died in public places apparently of natural causes - but maybe not? The investigation brings Inspector Jury to New Mexico where, inevitably (as always in the books of the series), he meets a young girl who will play an important part in the solution of the case.
The book doesn't care about logic or credibility - it's rather about the atmosphere, the general impression of warmth and friendliness.
"Always interesting, but bad American stereotypes"
Jury mysteries are always witty and amusing, but this one seems to veer out of its comfort zone by adding ridiculous American stereotypes, bad dialogue, and bad American accents. Kind of seemed as though the author took a trip to New Mexico and just had to make Jury fit into it. He didn't.
I kept getting distracted, as it wandered a bit. I didn't give it the 5 stars I give most of my books.
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