Help the Poor Struggler (Richard Jury Series #6)

Help the Poor Struggler (Richard Jury Series #6)

by Martha Grimes

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Around bleak Dartmoor, where the Hound of the Baskervilles once bayed, three children have been brutally murdered. Now Richard Jury of Scotland Yard joins forces with a hot-tempered local constable named Brian Macalvie to track down the killer. The trail begins at a desolate pub, Help the Poor Struggler. It leads straight to the estate of Lady Jessica, a ten-year-old orphaned heiress who lives with her mysterious uncle and ever-changing series of governesses. And as suspense spreads across the forbidding landscape, an old injustice returns to haunt Macalvie…with clues that link a murder in the distant past with a killing yet to come.

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ISBN-13: 9781476732886
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Series: Richard Jury Series , #6
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 81,541
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bestselling author Martha Grimes is the author of more than thirty books, including twenty-two Richard Jury mysteries. She is also the author of Double Double, a dual memoir of alcoholism written with her son. The winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award, Grimes lives in Bethesda, Maryland.


Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

May 2, 1931

Place of Birth:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


B.A., M.A., University of Maryland

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Help the Poor Struggler (Richard Jury Series #6) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
carpeoreo More than 1 year ago
I've been reading the Richard Jury novels in order & just finished "Help the Poor Struggler." Next to the first book in the series, this is my favorite so far. Well worth picking it up if you're a fan of "classic" British murder mysteries (even though it's written by an American).
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
Overall I liked it. But it had a different structure than many of her other Jury novels. There is a section of 25 pages in the middle, roughly 12% of the book, that didn't have Jury or Melrose in it all. And, Melrose didn't show up until half way through the book. So far, my least favorite in the series. The story was good, though the conclusion seemed a little rushed. Macalvie was a great character, and I hope we'll see more of him in the future. Lady Jessica was kind of fun as well. It definitely could have used more Melrose, though. He's my favorite character, so I always think he doesn't have a big enough part. The paperback was formatted well with no obvious spelling or grammatical errors
johnclaydon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good characters, better writing than usual for her, bad plotting.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a reissue from 1985 of the 6th, I believe, Richard Jury mystery. Jury teams up with local chief superintendant Brian Macalvie to solve the murders of three children that appear to be connected to another murder from the past.As you'd expect from a Richard Jury mystery, there are the usual cast of characters, and a precocious little girl, and lots of small-town British atmosphere.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
6th in the Richard Jury series.The book opens with a grisly murder committed 20 years previously in a small community, Clerihew Marsh, close to Dartmoor. A 5 year old girl, Teresa Mulvanney witnessed the murder, that of her mother, and had remarkable presence of mind to call for help. But waiting alone with the body and the horror, by the time the police arrived, her mind had retreated into mental darkness. A young medical student, Sam Waterman, was arrested and convicted for the crime, over the disbelieving protests of the then Detective Sergeant Brian Macalvie. Teresa's 15 year old sister Mary also refuses to believe that Sam is guilty; after confronting and berating Macalvie (a daunting task for even hardened adults) for not apprehending her mother's murderer, she disappears from the area.20 years later, 3 children in the general area are murdered, bringing Jury and Wiggens to the investigations. In Dorchester, Jury holds jurisdiction, but the other two occur within that of Devon-Cornwall, whose constabulary is headed by District Commander/Chief Superintendent Macalvie. Perfectly secure in his assumption of his godlike omniscience, the abrasive Macalvie strikes up an unlikely partnership with Wiggens, who acts as Macalvie's mobile pharmacy, supplying him with Fisherman's Friend cough drops.Meanwhile at Ashcroft, the family seat of Lady Jessica Mary Allan-Ashcroft, 10 year old heiress to multimillions and ward of her uncle, Robert Ashcroft, Jess is worried about what she views as the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of her Uncle Rob. More intelligent than just about everyone around her put together, Jess resorts to desperate measures to get someone to listen to her about her fears. Calling the emergency line, Jess reports the ax-murder of the Honorable Henry Allan-Ashcroft, in reality Henry, Jess' aging Shar-pei; Henry's only resemblance to a corpse is his ability to fall asleep in just about any circumstance.The call brings the Devon-Cornwall police--and later, Jury and Macalvie. Jury, convinced that Jess is in danger, enlists the aid of Melrose Plant; Jess' fascination with classic (expensive) cars gives the Earl of Caverness; Viscount of Nitherwold, Ross, and Cromarty; Baron Montardy and his Silver Ghost Rolls Royce a perfect cover to infiltrate Ashcroft and spy for Jury.Jury then enlists the aid of Molly Singer, an enigmatic resident of Lyme Regis who discovered the body of one of the murdered children and who is herself under suspicion by Macalvie; Molly, an accomplished professional photographer but with the crippling condition of agoraphobia, agrees to pose as a free lance photographer for the magazine Executive Cars, gain entrance to the estate, and take photos for possible identification.All this leads to the climax, which is one of the best Grimes has written, a real page-turner which has been absent from her mysteries until this book. The only strain in the story is the excuse to intrude Molly springer into Ashcroft, but that's minor.In a return to form, Grimes' characters are well-drawn and believable. Macalvie is a great addition, brilliant, dedicated, and thoroughly obnoxious. Freddie, the publican of Help the Poor Struggler is another eccentric. Jess is one of the best of Grimes' bright, resourceful, practical children; she's the focus of the plot and Grimes handles her magnificently. That this is my favorite Richard Jury mystery is due almost entirely to Jess.Grimesism: "She ran through governesses like a shark through a salmon-fall."Highly recommended.
AnnMcKS More than 1 year ago
I love the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes. I have multiple copiesof her books, hard backs, paperbacks, and ebooks. Help The Poor Struggler is one of my favorites. I love the characters in her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first mystery I read by Martha Grimes and I instantly became a fan! The plot and characters are interesting and the book is well-written! I liked it so much that I read several of her other books!
lazby More than 1 year ago
Typical Martha Grimes read. Good detecting by Superindendant Richard Jury of the New Scotland Yard. Of course, Help the Poor Struggler is only the name of the pub where Jury and his police cronies talk the crime out. Be sure to pay attention to prologue and names of families. Good job, Martha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Martha Grimes great old books. As good now as it was years ago. A Winner.
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As if three to four at least rather than split! One i usually dont care for is why borrow than buy. However dont think she is ever reissued as soft cover trade. This is a shorter than usual and warning as usual the murderer comes very last with loads of strings left dangling and several big whats? Without doing a hh harriet why and who did the first murder because i cant figure that one out and no one says at the end either. OK i read every one i say i wont then go back and catch up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murderer that the inheritance would have been the best plot line to follow and the id of first murderer too sloppy and really no reason given for him at end . Grimes too often dumps plot at end and characters for the unknown killer who just shows up at last minute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Would you do this if your family could see it? If the answer is no, then you probably shouldn't do it. If the answer is yes, I pity you so much.
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Walks in-
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Walks in the wrong apartment building accidently starts to walk out
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He jumps up, claws raking her back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Guys like people like you. You sound sweet. But this boy needs to straighten up and talk to you. He doesn't deserve you if he doesn't even talk to you. But.... when guys barely talk to you, it somtimes means they're hiding something. If you want to know what it is, talk to him. If you are scared to know, break up with him. It's your best shot of getting someone who truly deserves a beautiful, sweet girl like you."