Author of the Week, Martha Grimes, May 3


Martha Grimes

(Novels and Detective Mysteries: Richard Jury Series, Emma Graham Series)


“I enjoy these characters a lot. I really like thinking about them, watching them, seeing what they’re going to do. I write about these people, and I get really connected to them and I just cannot let them go.”

“The plot is not there in advance. It’s just not there.”

“You’re not really a writer unless you’re actually writing. So that’s why I continue to do it: because I want to continue to think of myself as a writer.”


Martha Grimes (born May 2, 1931) is an American writer of detective fiction, author of more than thirty books. She is the bestselling author of twenty-one Richard Jury novels (Scotland Yard inspector), as well as the novels Dakota and Foul Matter. Her character-driven mysteries fall into the subgenre of  cozy 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.  Newsweek named her “one of the established masters of the genre.”

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3 responses to “Author of the Week, Martha Grimes, May 3

  1. I love Martha Grimes’ books. Strictly speaking, though, cozy mysteries have an amateur, even an accidental sleuth. Inspector Richard Jury would be highly offended to be called an amateur! The books in which he appears are police procedurals, I think, although his sounding board Melvyn Plant is an amateur. I wonder how Ms Grimes would categorize them?

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    • Hi Gabi: Oh heavens, no one is calling Jury an amateur sleuth. He is Scotland Yard, after all. It might surprise you to know that lists Grimes’ books as cozy mysteries. The Black Cat, Rainbow’s End, The Knowledge, Help the Poor Struggler and others are listed by Amazon as a cozy mysteries, qualifying them as “cozy animal mysteries.” describes Grimes … “Her Richard Jury books have certainly been described as cosy crime fiction. They are light, relaxing reads but she injects a lot of humour, as well as plenty of blood and guts into her stories. They usually take place in quaint villages and feature a long list of quirky characters …” Perhaps nowadays Grimes is thought to have reinvented the British cosy mystery genre. Good for Martha! Thanks for your comment, Gabi.

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