Not only do I love mysteries, I enjoy those featuring Scotland Yard the most. For this week’s Throw Back Thursday, I introduce you to a favorite series of mine, which is a more light-hearted fare of the traditional Scotland Yard mystery. Thanks to the Long Pidd crowd, I could almost classify this series as cozy, but I decided to stick with Traditional Mystery.
The Man with a Load of Mischief (Richard Jury Series)
By Martha Grimes
This first novel in the Richard Jury series introduces us to Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury, the wealthy Melrose Plant (who has given up his title of Lord Ardry), and the cast of regulars from the small village of Long Piddleton (“Long Pidd”).
Each of the books in Martha Grimes Richard Jury series are named after a pub found in the book. In this case, The Man with a Load of Mischief is a Long Pidd pub where one of two recent murders has occurred. Jury is sent out to Long Pidd to investigate, and the fabulous Jury/Plant friendship is born.
It’s been quite a number of years since I found this book, but I just fell in love with it. (I’ve since read the entire series.) The story grabs you right away. The Long Pidd crowd kept me coming back for more. While it can get serious, there is plenty of humor thrown in to lighten things up. Melrose Plant and Richard Jury are a fabulous pairing; the series is at it’s best when they are working together. This is a book I plan on re-reading, it was so enjoyable the first time around.