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THE WINDS OF CHANGE
by Martha Grimes

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural

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In the new book in American author Grimes' British-set Superintendent Richard Jury series, the New Scotland Yard investigator looks into the London shooting of a girl. Jury is also called to investigate the murder of a woman found on Angel Gate, an estate in Devon and Cornwall.

Jury remembers Angel Gate well—it's the residence of Declan Scott, a man whose young stepdaughter, Flora, disappeared several years ago, shortly before his wife, Mary, died. Declan Scott actually recognizes the murdered woman as someone his wife met several years ago—a woman his deceased wife claimed was an old school chum.

Mary's first husband was Victor Baumann, a powerful man with suspected involvement in a house of ill repute, where young girls are held against their will. While Baumann claims that he doesn't know the murdered woman, Jury thinks he's lying and vows to close down the whorehouse. He's convinced the death of the London girl is somehow connected to the whorehouse.

The novel is briskly paced, the characters are quirky—reminiscent of Colin Dexter's eccentric Inspector Morse— yet believable and the conclusion is a stunner. While prior knowledge of the main players may help readers better understand this book, it's not necessary. Grimes does a credible job immersing readers in 21st-century England. (Sep., 407 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Viking

Published: September 2004

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