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New York Times reviews The Knowledge

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Marilyn Stasio, NY Times

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The little guys always have their day in Martha Grimes’s witty mysteries featuring Detective Superintendent Richard Jury. In THE KNOWLEDGE (Atlantic Monthly, $26), honors go to the London cabbies who have an encyclopedic grasp of the city’s highways and byways, called (of course) “the knowledge.” They also have exclusive use of a pub with the same name (“unlocatable: untraceable, unfindable, unmappable”). Robbie Parsons is one of the “knowledge boys,” but he might not live to make the best use of his skills. When we first meet him, his latest fare has just shot two people to death at the door of an exclusive gambling club, then jumped into Robbie’s cab and demanded to be taken to Waterloo Station.

Whatever Robbie was expecting at the end of this tense trip, it wasn’t a big tip and a compliment on his driving. But that’s the way it is with Grimes: Great characters who say and do the most unexpected things are her stock in trade. The charmer here is 10-year-old Patty Haigh (“looks like a little girl, but acts like MI6”), one of a group of loosely parented children who hang around the stations at Waterloo and Heathrow, practicing the skills needed to be cops. Patty even talks her way into a first-class seat on a plane to Nairobi by attaching herself to the murderer she’s pursuing. “For someone who shoots people,” she acknowledges, “he was pretty nice.”

Meanwhile, Grimes’s irresistibly attractive Scotland Yard man is busy solving the murder of his newly acquired friends David Moffit, an American astronomer, and his wife, Rebecca. With enthusiastic assistance from his wealthy friend Melrose Plant and Plant’s fellow drinkers at the Jack and Hammer pub, Jury manages to have multiple sets of eyes on his suspect. But our eyes are glued to Patty, off in Africa and having the time of her life.

Last Chance for Animals presents Martha Grimes with the Sam Simon Award

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Last Chance for Animals presents Martha Grimes with the Sam Simon Award at their gala on October 25, 2015.

Seven Farm Sanctuaries Vie for $133,000 in Prize Money during Best in Shelter’s Farm Animal Online

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

October 29, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Best in Shelter (, a nonprofit organization created to encourage pet adoption from local shelters and rescue organizations, is pleased to announce its 2015 virtual show, this time focusing attention on farm animal sanctuaries. The competition begins on Sunday, November 1, 2015 and will continue through November 14, 2015.

Created in 2011 by mystery writer Martha Grimes, Best in Shelter’s first online pet adoption competition in 2012 celebrated dog adoption and caused a media sensation with 51,000 votes cast for 16 dogs and distributed $110,000 to four deserving shelters and rescue organizations. The organization followed with a virtual cat show in 2014 which earned participating organizations a total of $103,000.

“In the present competition, we are shifting focus and turning what we hope is the same bright beam on the conditions of farm animals and farm sanctuaries,” said Martha Grimes.

The seven participating sanctuaries are: Animal Place (Grass Valley, CA); The Barnyard Sanctuary (Columbia, NJ); Catskill Animal Sanctuary (Saugerties, NY); The Cow Sanctuary (Bridgeton, NJ); Kindred Spirits Sanctuary (Ocala, FL); Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary (Poolesville, MD); and The Pig Preserve (Jamestown, TN.)

There are two simultaneous parts to the competition: Best Sanctuary and Favorite Farm Animal. There will be a first and second place prize awarded in both categories. No sanctuary goes home empty handed since there will be “Honorable Mention” grants to organizations finishing “out of the money.”   The sanctuaries submitted videos and still photos of the animals they nominated for Favorite Farm Animal (or animal pair) to Best in Shelter and they are available for viewing on the website. In addition, one of the shelters and the work they do will be featured each day. The videos and still photos can be found at by scrolling down to the sanctuary and clicking on the logo.

The first place winner in the Best Sanctuary category will be awarded $50,000 while the second place winner gets $30,000. In the Farm Animal category, first and second places are awarded $25,000 and $15,000, respectively for their organizations. Each sanctuary is limited to one prize and those organizations not finishing with an award will be granted an honorable mention grant of $2,000.

Voting will take place on the Best in Shelter website via Facebook and animal lovers and farm animal activists are asked to cast their votes for their favorite sanctuary and their favorite farm animal. One vote per day in each category is permitted.

Farm sanctuaries, such as the ones taking part in this competition, are often the last hope for mistreated and neglected farm animals.  Sanctuaries expend enormous amounts of effort and time in rescue and rehabilitation of animals, some that quite literally drop off the backs of trucks headed for the slaughterhouse,” noted Martha Grimes.

“Sanctuaries offer these animals a lifetime home of shelter, food and care.  Farm sanctuaries and the people who run them are to me the unsung heroes of the animal world.”

October 29, 2015
Contact:   Victoria Van Son

2nd Inspector Jury film in production

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

German Public Broadcast ZDF has began the production the second Inspector Jury film, based on Martha Grimes’s book Help the Poor Struggler. We’ve received some exclusive photos from behind the scenes.

ZDF is also posting about this production on their Facebook page. And there’s also an interesting blog about Inspector Jury done by a German fan you can check. If you want to join the discussion on this new production, please check out the official Martha Grimes Fan page on Facebook.


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Premiere of “The Man With a Load of Mischief”

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

“The Man with a load of Mischief – A Richard Jury Mystery”: First screening of the adaptation of the novel by Martha Grimes, a coproduction between Crazy Film and ZDF will be premiered in Berlin (Germany) on January 16th at 8pm at the Zoopalast Berlin. Martha Grimes herself and the actors will be attending!

The film will premiere on television on January 15th (ORF in Austria) and January 27th (ZDF in Germany).

To celebrate this event, WE’RE GIVING AWAY 10 TICKETS to the first 10 fans who will send us a private message  with their full name and email address on Martha Grimes Offical Fan Page on Facebook.

Oprah Winfrey magazine loves ‘Double Double’!

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 O’s 2013 Summer Reading List
July-August 2013

In this latest thoughtful twist on the recovery memoir, crime-writer Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, tell parallel stories of their individual addictions. Martha was a five-martinis-a-night drinker; Ken, a pot smoker who didn’t mind downing a six-pack…or three.

Read the entire review on

Interviews with Martha

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Read Interviews with Martha Grimes about Double Double.

July book pick: ‘Double Double’ memoir on alcoholism
The Arizona Republic | July 7, 2013

Mystery novelist Martha Grimes co-writes alcoholism memoir
The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2013

German and Austrian film crew invade tranquil Dorchester village

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Published: Wednesday 15th May 2013

A QUIET village near Dorchester has been transformed by the invasion of a German and Austrian film crew.

The village of Plush has been turned into a film set for a week as the continental crews film an adaptation of a book by American author Martha Grimes.

The story, which is called The Man with a Load of Mischief, comes from the writer’s series about fictional English detective Inspector Jury.

Read the full article on DorsetECHO.

Jury mysteries now available as ebooks

Friday, April 26th, 2013

From Martha’s new publisher a whole set of her first Jury mysteries are now available in an ebook format. The next set will be available gradually through the next year.

See all ebook titles on Simon & Schuster and

Fritz Karl filmed as Inspector Jury

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

German Public Broadcast ZDF produces Martha Grimes first mystery the Richard Jury series

Mainz (ots) ­ On Monday, 15th April 2013 in Corfe, England the shooting began of the German Public Broadcaster ZDF television movie of THE MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF.

Gunter Knarr wrote the screenplay based on the bestseller by Martha Grimes. Grimes is a U.S. citizen whose New York Times bests selling English detective novels featuring Inspector Jury are very popular in Germany. It is directed by Edzard Onneken (Grimme Award for Turkish for Beginners).

Inspector Jury (Fritz Karl) and his slightly hypochondriacal Sargent Alfred Wiggins (Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey) travel to the idyllic Long Piddleton which quickly becomes a place of bizarre murders.

The suspects are many, and during his investigation Jury enlists the highly intelligent former noble Melrose Plant (Götz Schubert) which he initially takes for an arrogant snob. In spite of their differences and disagreements, the two become friends. Too bad that they are in love with the same woman, the beautiful Vivian Rivington (Julia Brendler).

The other roles are Bernard Shir, Catherine Bach valley, Julia Stemberger, Peter Lerchbaumer and other star cast members.

This is a coproduction of the ZDF with Crazy Film GmbH, and epo-film production company and the ORF, funded by the Austrian Television Fund. Producers are Dirk Eggers, Philip Weinges, Andreas Richter and Dieter Pochlatko. The editor at ZDF is Pit Rampelt. A broadcast date ZDF is not fixed yet but may be January of 2014.

At this time there are no plans to air the movie in the U.S., but it is possible that DVD’s will be available subtitled in English in 2014.