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Book Title: The Old Silent|
The author of the book: Martha Grimes
Date of issue: September 1990
The size of the: 3.16 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.9
ISBN 13: 9780440204923
Format files: PDF
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As I read this book, I was reminded of a high school English teacher who always talked about "show, not tell" writing. This book was a great example of writing that showed the reader what was happening through well-written descriptions and dialogue, without just telling everything up front. This can be a very effective writing style, but you have to read carefully to catch everything that's going on. The point of view changes between characters frequently (even switching to dogs at one point), so I had to pay careful attention as I was reading. There are many interesting characters, but at times I had a hard time keeping them all straight and figuring out who was most important to the story. I think reading more of Martha Grimes' Richard Jury Mysteries would help alleviate some of the difficulties as I became more familiar with the regular characters. The language was rough in places (including the "f-word"), but I've been told that for British people, this cursing doesn't have the same meaning or tone that it does in America.
This was an intriguing mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I look forward to reading other books by Martha Grimes.
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Read information about the authorMartha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.
She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W., a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montgomery College.
Grimes is best known for her series of novels featuring Richard Jury, an inspector with Scotland Yard, and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles. Each of the Jury mysteries is named after a pub. Her page-turning, character-driven tales fall into the mystery subdivision of "cozies." In 1983, Grimes received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace.
The background to Hotel Paradise is drawn on the experiences she enjoyed spending summers at her mother's hotel in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. One of the characters, Mr Britain, is drawn on Britten Leo Martin, Sr, who then ran Marti's Store which he owned with his father and brother. Martin's Store is accessible by a short walkway from Mountain Lake, the site of the former Hotel, which was torn down in 1967.
She splits her time between homes in Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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