Vertigo 42

Vertigo 42

Large Print - 2014 | Large print edition
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"At Vertigo 42, a bar high above London's financial district, Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson - a friend of a friend who is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. Tess's death was ruled accidental - a fall caused by vertigo - but Jury agrees to re-examine the case. A young girl's fatal fall at a children's party 22 years ago at Tom and Tess's home may be connected. After an elegantly dressed woman falls from a tower near a pub that Jury and his cronies frequent, and her estranged husband is later found dead, Jury begins to suspect that the now grown "children" from Tess's ill-fated party are the key to solving these interwoven mysteries"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410472755
Characteristics: 561 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Alternative Title: Vertigo forty two


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sapl3 Apr 08, 2020

When Jury’s friend, Sir Oswald Maples, asks him to meet with Maples’ friend, Tom Williamson, Jury finds himself investigating a death that took place seventeen years previously. The death of Williamson’s wife, Tess, was ruled as an accidental fall, due to her chronic vertigo. However, Williamson has never really believed that Tess fell to her death, yet has never been able to explain exactly how she did fall.

Meanwhile in Long Piddleton, police are in full force in the area of Tower Cottage where the body of a young woman has been found at the base of the tower. Did she fall? Was this suicide? Or was something more sinister at work here?

Grimes peppers this novel with classic film references: Lawrence of Arabia, Casablanca, and Hitchcock’s Vertigo (a wonderful film about doppelgangers), all seemingly innocuous until the two deaths (and two others – one in the past, and one in the present), start to merge.

Slowly, Jury is able to put the pieces together with help from Plant and through a suggestion from the infamous Harry Johnson (he of The Old Wine Shades). Alas, Johnson’s story is still unfinished, and so I await the next installment in Jury’s cases, hoping that finally he’ll be able to bring Johnson to justice.

Jun 22, 2016

Maybe I just didn't give it long enough but I couldn't get into it.

Jun 21, 2016

I love Martha Grimes' Richard Jury novels. Her characters are inventive and well drawn. This particular novel is an easy read. Not mind wretching. She brings back many of the series characters, though Melrose Plant, the clan at the Jack and Hammer and even Carol Anne aren't given as much to do with solving the latest murders. Even Wiggins seems a little less of his quirky self. But still it's a good book to while away some summer reading time.

May 20, 2015

nobody has commented on the big clanger in this book which reveals that the author is surely losing her grip.

israelson Dec 11, 2014

I, too have been a Martha Grimes fan and have read all the Richard Jury series so when I saw this book with a 2014 copyright I was delighted. Unfortunately the book is not very good. It wanders all over the place from fighting dogs to multiple deaths and concludes that the murderer is a gay man as it attempts to replicate movie plots. The motivation is quite unclear and I suspect that Martha Grimes did not write this.

Sep 13, 2014

I have enjoyed the whole Richard Jury series! This book is very enjoyable. We hear about our old friends, and the plot is interesting. Like all series, it is best to read the books in order.

Aug 30, 2014

All the old favourites and plenty of intrigue as Richard Jury & Co investigate a cold case with present day additions as they uncover the murderer. Well done .

Aug 05, 2014

Back to her best form. All the well-known characters are back and in character - I might be old-fashioned but I like it like that.

Jul 22, 2014

I am a big fan of Richard Jury and his gang, and I enjoyed this very much, more than the most recent novels, which were weird and different. Anyways, almost like Dorothy Dunnett, you really have to pay attention to every line, because the author isn't going dress up important plot points with obvious fanfare so you can't miss it. Smart writing, subtle characters, great plot. As previous reviewers said, *everyone* is in this, I wonder if new readers would be confused (like going to a party and not knowing anyone).

Jul 08, 2014

Most of the characters from the Jury series make at least an appearance in this. I've been enjoying this series for almost 2 decades, and although I haven't finished the book yet, somehow, this feels like we are on a farewell tour. I'm afraid this is close to the end of the series, and it's a little nostalgic. It's also as confusing as some of the early works, which makes it interesting most of the time, but hard to follow on occasion (so I sympathize with the commenter who almost put it down). Maybe it spread too thin? I think it's time for me to restart at the beginning of the series….

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