"Another good Richard Jury tale"
Detective Chief Inspector Mickey Haggerty is dying from
cancer and his work to complete his final case borders on
obsession. Mickey begs his long time friend and fellow cop
Richard Jury to take over the investigation because he
knows Rich will not rest until he solves the
investigation. Two skeletons were found amidst the ruins
of THE BLUE LAST Pub. Forensics proves that the remains
are that of a young woman and female infant killed during
World War II.
Haggerty believes that the adult is Alexandra Tynedale,
daughter of brewing magnate Oliver Tynedale. However, it
is the infant that interests the dying cop. If she is who
he thinks she is, then someone planted an impostor baby
inside the Tynedale family and that child, now an adult,
stands to inherit a fortune as the grandchild of a wealthy
man. Though he wants nothing to remind him of the WW II
bombings since his parents were killed by them, Rich begins
to investigate for a friend. When a murder of a Tynedale
friend occurs, Richard wonders if there is a tie to a cover-
up of a five-decade-old scam or is Maisie really a Tynedale?
Richard Jury is always welcome and his latest tale
includes a strong dose of his personal side through
Haggerty and his thoughts about his deceased parents. The
moving story line centers on the police investigation from
a possible mystery over fifty years old; if there really is
a mystery. Richard remains his irascible but lovable self
in his sixteenth appearance and his creator, Martha Grimes,
still has the magic touch to keep him fascinating.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 22, 2001