Thursday, March 26, 2020

Books from the Backlog - The Blue Last

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  The Blue Last (Richard Jury #17) by Martha Grimes

Blurb:  In The Blue Last, Richard Jury finally faces the last thing in the world he wants to deal with—the war that killed his mother, his father, his childhood. Mickey Haggerty, a DCI with the London City police, has asked for Jury's help. Two skeletons have been unearthed in the City during the excavation of London's last bombsite, where once a pub stood called the The Blue Last. Mickey believes that a child who survived the bombing has been posing for over fifty years as a child who didn't. The grandchild of brewery magnet Oliver Tyndale supposedly survived that December 1940 bombing . . . but did she? Mickey also has a murder to solve. Simon Croft, prosperous City financial broker, and son of the one-time owner of The Blue Last is found shot to death in his Thames-side house. But the book he was writing about London during the German blitzkrieg has disappeared. Jury wants to get eyes and ears into Tynedale Lodge, and looks to his friend, Melrose Plant, to play the role. Reluctantly, Plant plays it, accompanied on his rounds of the Lodge gardens by nine-year-old Gemma Trim, orphan and ward of Oliver Tynedale; and Benny Keagan, a resourceful twelve-year-old orphaned delivery boy.
And Richard Jury may not make it out alive.

A stolen book, stolen lives, or is any of this what it seems? Identity, memory, provenance - these are all called into question in The Blue Last

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  Well I'm riding a little high right now because I've made some progress and actually read one of the books I've featured here!  This used to be one of my absolute favorite series but I read one a few years ago and was pretty meh about it.  I picked this one up because the blurb really grabbed my attention and I thought I'd give it a try.


  1. I hope you enjoy it when you read it! I've got a few series with around 15-19 books in them which I really need to catch up with!

  2. It sounds like an intriguing tale, going back in time to solve a mystery. I hope you enjoy the read.

  3. I have been derailed in a series by more than a few meh books. I hope that this one is a winner for you. I am so happy that you were able to read one of the books featured in these posts!

  4. love that cover and it makes me very curious
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. Sounds like it could be an emotional book as well as a complicated mystery. Looking forward to your thoughts when you do read it.