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North Bethesda welcomes literature’s mystery maven

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Maryland Community News
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Martha Grimes compares one aspect of her creative method to Michelangelo’s.

The prolific mystery novelist relates to the Italian Renaissance sculptor’s statement, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

Paraphrasing Michelangelo, Grimes explained the connection.

“The sculptor chips away at a block of marble until he finds the figure within. [In much the same way], I have the feeling that my books have already been written, and I am going through a process of active discovery.”

“Consequently,” she said, “even if I can’t imagine how I’ll tie it all together, I just keep on writing.”

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Martha Grimes founds Best in Shelter

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Best in Shelter is a new charitable organization founded by bestselling author Martha Grimes designed to raise awareness of shelter animals. It’s the region’s first virtual dog show where real animals sponsored by four regional animal groups will compete to win cash prizes to benefit the participating nonprofit organizations. The online competition  will run from June 14 through June 17, 2012, at

“Best in Shelter” was inspired by one of the major “best in show” dog competitions. Or rather, inspired by the commercials between events. The commercials featured dogs behind bars; in other words, shelter animals. The contrast between the pedigree dogs, so well-trained, so well-taken care of; so admired; so worthy was in such contrast to the dogs behind bars that it seemed like two different dog-worlds.

The aim of “Best in Shelter” is to raise awareness of animal shelters and what they have to offer. We want to blot out the stereotypes of shelter animals as being the opposite of show dogs— as being untrained, unkempt, unworthy. This is far from the truth. Not all the dogs you see in shelters are there because they were unmanageable. Most are there because the shelters have rescued them from the street, from abuse, from “hoarding”, from puppy mills.

“I can’t go into those places,” a friend of mine said of shelters. I don’t think people avoid animal shelters because they don’t care, but because they do. They don’t want to walk away feeling guilty about all of those animals they couldn’t do anything for.

You can do something for the featured dogs on this website and their shelters: you can vote for the dog you would adopt if you were able to.  “Best in Shelter” is a virtual dog show, but the dogs are real.

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Martha Grimes named ‘Grand Master’ of mystery writers

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Martha Grimes had been chosen as the year’s Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America (MWA).  MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributors to this genre, as well as a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high  quality.

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Reviews and Interviews for Fadeaway Girl

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Martha Grimes Online Radio interview with Bill Thompson’s “Eye on Books”

Bill Thompson
February 7th, 2011

The problem when you’re an author renowned for an ongoing series of mysteries is that, as Martha Grimes puts it, everything you write is marketed as a mystery, even when there is nothing in a particular book to indicate a mystery… listen to the full interview

The New York Times review of Fadeaway Girl

The New York Times
February 13, 2011

FADEAWAY GIRL (Viking, $26.95) may not be the ideal introduction to the adventures of 12-year-old Emma Graham, since the plot is too complicated to follow if you’re not familiar with previous books in the semi-autobiographical series Martha Grimes has set in some nostalgic post-World War II time warp… read the full review

For Grimes, love of stories no mystery

February 12, 2011

If she weren’t writing mysteries, Martha Grimes says, she might be running a tea shop. You were expecting perhaps an auto-parts store? No, you weren’t. Not if you know Grimes’ work… read the full review

Seattle Times review of Fadeaway girl

Seattle Times
February 12, 2011

Another intrepid and observant adolescent, Emma Graham, explored decades-old linked mysteries in Martha Grimes’ 2005 book “Belle Ruin.” But it was to no avail, and she carries on in Grimes’ “Fadeaway Girl” (Viking, 323 pp., $26.95). (The title refers to the mystery, but it also echoes a style of drawing that creates an illusory girl who fades into the background.)… read the full review review of Fadeaway Girl

By Roz Shea
February 8, 2011

Bestselling mystery writer Martha Grimes — creator of the popular Richard Jury novels, which carry the names of quaint pubs in picturesque British villages — offers the third installment of a new mystery series featuring Emma Graham.… read the full review

Dallas Morning News interview with Martha Grimes: Author Martha Grimes admires her heroine’s imagination

By David Martindale / Special Contributor
February 4, 2011

When Martha Grimes takes time away from her best-selling series of Richard Jury mysteries to write about a precocious 12-year-old sleuth and aspiring journalist, she mixes autobiographical self-portrait with a helping of wish-fulfillment… read the full review

Martha’s fans talk about what they like most about her books

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
February 8
Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m.
7700 West Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 739-1124
February 10
Savannah College of Art and Design, 6:30 p.m.
Events Space C, Fourth Floor
1600 Peachtree St. Atlanta, Georgia 30357
(877) 722-3285
February 15
Brookline Booksmith, 7:00 p.m.
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446-2908
(617) 566-6660
February 17
Union League of Chicago, 11:30 a.m.
Chicago, IL 60604-3598
(312) 427-7800
February 17
The Book Stall at 7:00 p.m.
811 Elm St, Winnetka, IL 60093.
February 23
Border’s Books, 7:30 p.m.
5871 Crossroads Center Way,
Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041

Reviews and Interviews for Fadeaway Girl

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Kirkus review of FADEAWAY GIRL
Author: Grimes, Martha

The latest installment in the endless carnival of crime at sleepy La Porte, Md., involves still another return to the storied past.

Now that she’s untangled the mystery of exactly which members of the Queen family killed which other members (Cold Flat Junction, 2001), Belle Ruin waitress/cub reporter Emma Graham, 12, is confronted by an even more vexing case: the disappearance 20 years ago of Baby Fay from the loving embrace of Morris and Imogen Slade. Or not exactly, since the infant was being minded, not very vigilantly, by babysitter Gloria Spiker, who returned from an extended phone conversation with Prunella Rice to find her charge gone.

The setup echoed that of the famous Lindbergh kidnapping, right down to the telltale ladder, but there was never a ransom demand, and never a sign of Baby Fay since then. Rumor has long maintained that Imogen’s father, Lucien Woodruff, kept the police investigation at bay for the first crucial hours, presumably in order to conceal some family secret. Now Emma, provoked alike by kleptomaniac spinster Isabel Barnett’s claim to have seen Baby Fay after the abduction and the recent return of Morris Slade to town, is determined to get at the truth.

Other 12-year-olds would be daunted, but Emma, who’s already confronted armed killers and survived her brother’s production of Medea, the Musical, methodically begins interviewing possible suspects, who just happen to be her friends and neighbors, and pondering possibilities. Is Baby Fay still alive, or was she killed in the course of the kidnapping, like the Lindbergh child? Did the kidnappers somehow lose her? Was she a changeling whose fate was intertwined with that of some other baby, or a hallucination of Isabel Barnett’s? Was there a conspiracy to cover up the real facts of her disappearance? In fact, how many people actually saw her at Belle Ruin?

Emma is as enchanting as the eccentric cast of her hometown.

Reviews and Interviews for THE BLACK CAT

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Author Magazine interview with Martha Grimes
Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Washington Post Review of THE BLACK CAT
By Patrick Anderson
Monday, April 5, 2010

I set out to review some other novel this week, a serial-killer saga, but its plot was unlikely and its prose was clunky, so I tossed it, knowing that Martha Grimes’s 22nd Richard Jury mystery was waiting in the wings… read the full review
Treasure Coast Palm Beach Review of THE BLACK CAT
By Marilyn Bauer
Thursday, April 1, 2010

VERO BEACH — Author Martha Grimes has written a book a year for the past 25 years, and at 77 she has more than 25 million books in circulation. But what is most impressive about Grimes is her outspokenness, her sense of humor… read the full review
Mysteries and My Musings Review of THE BLACK CAT
By A.F. Heart
Thursday, April 8, 2010

This book was released Tuesday April 6th.  The body of an unidentified extremely fashionably and expensively dressed young woman is found behind a pub, The Black Cat, in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire… read the full review
The Bookgasm Review of THE BLACK CAT
By Kerry Serini
Thursday, April 8, 2010

THE BLACK CAT is Martha Grimes’ 23rd Richard Jury mystery, but readers new to the author or inspector need not fear, as picking up a new one is a bit like picking up a new Miss Marple… read the full review
10 things to know about Martha Grimes
By OLINE H. COGDILL | Sun Sentinel
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Martha Grimes passes up a lot of British pubs before she spots one she likes. But her pub crawl isn’t to find a hearty ale. Instead, this American-born author is more interested in the name of the pub that she’ll use as the titley… read the full review
Mystery Books News Review of THE BLACK CAT
Sunday, April 04, 2010

It’s been three long years between books in the series, but this week the 22nd Richard Jury mystery, The Black Cat by Martha Grimes, is published by Viking. The series, the titles of which are taken… read the full review


Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

It’s been more than three years since Martha Grimes dazzled critics with the New York Times bestselling mystery DUST. Now Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent Richard Jury is back in THE BLACK CAT (Viking Publishing, April 6, 2010; $25.95, 336 pp) and the twenty-second book in the series is brimming with the atmosphere, droll humor and introspective melancholy that have intrigued her fans for decades. DUST ended with a sudden and horrific auto accident of Jury’s lover Lu Aguilar, leaving him more remote and suspicious than ever as he ties to solve a perplexing murder of a young women behind the local pub THE BLACK CAT. The only witness appears to be the pub’s actual black cat.

The proceedings grow grimmer with the reappearance Harry Johnson, Jury’s personal “Moriarty,” the debonair cold-blooded killer from THE OLD WINE SHADES and DUST. Along with Harry Johnson comes Jury’s favorite dog Mungo, who returns to once again play a pivotal role in catching a killer.

Grimes’ garrulous cast of characters from Long Piddleton make their regular sorties into the action, and of course faithful sidekick Melrose Plant supplies the quips and wit to keep the action moving.

Written with the elegance, verve and grace of the best of her Richard Jury series, Grimes delivers again in THE BLACK CAT.

Rave Reviews for DUST

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

“Both [THE OLD WINE SHADES and DUST] are delightful, surprising, even magical … witty novels that Grimes concocts. They truly are novel and, once come upon, they can become necessary.”
Washington Post, January 8, 2007

“Following hard upon the action of 2006’s twisty THE OLD WINE SHADES, Grimes’ equally intricate 21st Richard Jury mystery DUST brings the Scotland Yard Superintendent to a shady London hotel to investigate the murder of wealthy bachelor Billy Maples. This excellent series consistently entertains, and in a way that’s accessible to newcomers.”
Publishers Weekly, November 27, 2006