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Author: Martha Grimes
ISBN13: 978-0451219442
Title: Belle Ruin (Emma Graham Series)
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Language: English
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Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (September 5, 2006)
Pages: 384

Belle Ruin (Emma Graham Series) by Martha Grimes



Darn that Martha Grimes! This is the third book in the Emma Graham series (the first two being "Hotel Paradise" and "Cold Flat Junction"), and it doesn't have a real ending, just like the first two. I don't know why I keep reading them. Probably because I keep hoping to get some answers someday. Belle Ruin is the third in a series in which the narrator is a 12-year-old girl. Set in the States at an indeterminate locale, probably 40 years ago. Of course, she's just a little too precocious. Chaim Potok was one of the few writers to really pull off seei Having been disenchanted by Martha Grimes over the past 5 years or so, I picked this up (second-hand) to give her another crack. Also influenced by a recent NPR interview with Martha and her son who've published a memoir about getting sober.

I love everything Martha Grimes has written and highly recommend the Emma Graham series, including Cold Flat Junction, Belle Ruin, and Fadeaway Girl. A departure from her Richard Jury books, but very entertaining fare told from the viewpoint of an 11 year old girl living in a small town. This item: Hotel Paradise (Emma Graham Series). Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Martha Grimes (born May 2, 1931) is an American writer of detective fiction. She is best known for a series featuring Richard Jury, a Scotland Yard inspector. Grimes was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to William Dermit Grimes, Pittsburgh's city solicitor, and June Dunnington, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland, where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her . at the University of Maryland.

Another beautifully written and crafted book by Martha Grimes. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 12 years ago. Yes, Belle Ruin is a sequel. That means you have to read the books that came before it or it can be rather confusing. And, like most books, you can't skim through it and expect to get the point. Besides, Martha Grimes' prose is worth reading every word. The characters are u'll find things to like, love, and dislike in all of them. And the story is like real life; sometimes there's no neat, tidy ending

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For waitress and cub reporter Emma Graham, tragedy defines where she lives. Spirit Lake, La Porte, and Lake Noir have been held in thrall by intertwined crimes: the murders of Mary-Evelyn Devereau, Rose Queen, and Fern Queen; the supposed kidnapping of a four-month-old baby from the Belle Ruin hotel twenty years previously; and, most recently, the attack on Emma. From Publishers Weekly

Find nearly any book by Martha GRIMES (page 7). Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. ISBN 9780805056211 (978-0-8050-5621-1) Hardcover, Henry Holt and C. 1999.

A waitress at her mother's decaying resort hotel, twelve-year-old Emma now has a second job as the youngest cub reporter in the history of La Porte's Conservative newspaper. But when she discovers the crumbling shell of a fabulous hotel- the once-sumptuous Belle Rouen-in the woods near her small town of Spirit Lake, Emma never imagines that the mysteries it holds will bring her one step closer to solving a forty-year-old crime-and force a new transgression to light.

Author: Martha Grimes. Hotel Paradise (1997). And I wonder: why is it that a growing thing that springs up of its own accord and in surprising places must be "just a weed"?The creepy truth is some poor cooked to death egg on its moon walks. Impatient photographers hung around the edges and they were sorry inside the lines

Series: Emma Graham (3). Members. I just can't seem to develop a taste for Martha Grimes' books, thought I've tried a number of them. This one I liked least of all. Part of the problem was trying to listen to it while driving - way too rambling a story to be able to follow well in bits and pieces

A waitress at her mother's decaying resort hotel, twelve-year-old Emma now has a second job as the youngest cub reporter in the history of La Porte's Conservative newspaper. But when she discovers the crumbling shell of a fabulous hotel- the once-sumptuous Belle Rouen-in the woods near her small town of Spirit Lake, Emma never imagines that the mysteries it holds will bring her one step closer to solving a forty-year-old crime-and force a new transgression to light.
Reviews: 7
melody of you
First I want to say I really like Martha Grimes's books. My mother and I do a little "book club" between ourselves and we love the "Richard Jury" books. We enjoy having a series to read as that generally gives you a better appreciation of the characters, one of the points we both enjoy about her books.
That said, this group of four books about the young 12 yr old girl, Emma Graham, was slightly weird. This particular book had to be ordered as a paperback, as it was not available as an E book, which seemed strange as the fourth book and the first two were in E book form.
The part that I had trouble relating to was the age of this girl and how much she didn't fit that age group. Not a horrible thing, but it would seem more plausible if she was older. All the books in this series repeated itself over and over, and the most worrysome point was it never seemed to come to a full conclusion at the end of all the books. It really seemed like one long book that left you unsure at the end.
Now for the good parts and why I gave it at least 3 stars, I loved reading about the food at the hotel and how she would make those crazy mixed drinks for the old aunt and of course all the characters, some very funny and others just damaged. I'm not sure what to tell you about reading this series yourself. I do like Martha Grimes, she's a wonderful author. Maybe read the first in the series "Hotel Paradise" and judge for yourself.
Ximathewi
People are all over the place in reviewing this one and, for those who notice such things, I'm quick to give two- and three-star ratings when I feel it's appropriate -- but not here! I read this work carefully and Martha Grimes has here reached the reserved level of achievement that we call "literature".

I was quite concerned that Martha Grimes was "written out" subsequent to my reading of her 2006 work, The Old Wine Shades (Richard Jury Novels), a Richard Jury series mystery and one of the worst books I've ever encountered by a major author. I still don't know for certain that Grimes continues to write first-class material because "Belle Ruin" came out in 2003 but I'm loathe to believe that anyone who could generate such a fine novel as this one could be permanently doomed on the literary front.

This work is obviously a sequel and I have read none of the previous books in the series but that bothered me not at all -- this book stands prominently on its own (albeit, there are allusions to the prior books.) I will certainly go back and pick up the prequels but, as I bought this title in a junk store for 50 cents, that's why I read it first.

The story, transpiring in New England around 1959, is all about a very precocious and deviously shrewd 12-year old girl who decides to investigate a kidnapping (suspiciously akin to the Baby Lindbergh case) which transpired 20 years in the past at the luxurious Belle Rouen Hotel. This girl, Emma by name, has been given a job by the local newspaper editor/publisher to write up a serial account of her own recent escape from murder, a topic about which all the locals consider to be really hot gossip.

There are multiple sub-plots (all enticing) but the key here is that Grimes has pulled off a descriptive expression coup. By way of utilizing this endearing young girl, tenoned with the common vernacular of the era, (the tale is told in First Person from Emma's perspective) Grimes gets away with bluntly calling people as she sees them: "stupid," "dumb," "harelips," "hunchbacks," "Mongolian Idiots," and, "retards". These now politically incorrect adjectives and nouns are thus effectively conveyed without harm to the author herself, a clever device. The nostalgia of "spitballs" also made me grin about the good old days.

But I think what many readers/reviewers are most up-in-arms about is the ending... they don't like it and that's all I'll say about it specifically; however, I did like the ending. Why? It goes to the book's title: Belle Ruin, A NOVEL [emphasis mine]. Yes, this is a mystery, and a great one at that. But this is clearly a novel, in the same sense that The Great Gatsby and Peyton Place are novels. This is the writing style and I think that this is what train-wrecked the book for many devoted cozy murder genre fans. I love a great novel and, here, that's what we have, although it is also a mystery.

I did encounter an entry that I'll go out on a limb and assert was an anachronistic goof by the author: "...he put in a coin and a can of Coke dropped down." I worked in many a gas station in my youth (the 60s) and in 1959, I'm pretty certain that soda vending machines only vended bottles of pop, not cans. Even the pull off pop tops weren't around until much later than 1959 as far as I can recall. I could be wrong about all this but I don't think so!

There are even some unique cocktail recipes listed, ergo: an "Appledew" with Dewar's Scotch, apple juice, ice, and a straw. Yum!!!

In summary, if you're a murder mystery genre addict then you may find this one of only mild interest. But for those of you who savor a terrific novel, I think you'll find this book to be pure treasure.

Highly recommended.
FireWater
Read through all the reviews both positive and negative. Have to agree with some of those who felt that the writing in this book was not on par with Grimes' Hotel Paradise.
Having said that, I'm still going to give this novel four stars as I believe it is worth four stars just to spend time with Emma. The delightful scenes between Emma and her "cast of characters" are well worth the cost of the book.
I have just purchased the newest in this series, have had this one on the TBR stack for a while.....having a whole lot of fun now that I finally got around to reading it.
Cashoutmaster
Belle Ruin continues the story started in Hotel Paradise and Cold Flat Junction. It is a charming tale told by a 12 year old girl. The time period seems to be sometime in the 50s or 60s. It will definitely take you back to these simpler times. You really should read the novels in sequence. I love spending time with Emma and the other "characters" in her life. The mystery is there, but you must read carefully to follow all the details. This is a wonderful series by Ms. Grimes, and I truly hope she writes many more in the future!
Nenayally
Not as good as Hotel Paradise and Cold Flat Function, but you've just got to love Emma. She's a gem!!
Bys
Many people have complained about the pace and tone of this series, but if you start with the first ("Hotel Paradise") and carry through, they are delightful and far better written than the Jury books (which always strike me as near-miss, since the basic idea often is fine but they are B-grade writing and plotting). I really love this series (including what people complain about as "bratty" or "mean" behavior by Emma, although I'm a little puzzled as to exactly what decade they are in, and how old her mother must be, for the various time intervals mentioned as history to work) and can't wait to read more. I particularly like the maybe-supernatural touches, and Emma's observations (and her development of coping skills, and even a conscience) about the world.

I hope that Martha Grimes will focus on this series, and let us hear more from Emma!
Whitegrove
terrific and delightful story. I was very happy with the reasonable price.
But beware - have the "The Fadeaway Girl" ready to read after you finish this - "Belle Ruin" is a great read - but leaves the story sort of hanging - and you'll find all your answers in the following book - "The Fadeaway Girl" - both great books.