Audio: Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes @SteveWestActor ‏@SimonAudio #JIAM #LOVEAUDIOBOOKS

Posted June 2, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 0 Comments

Audio: Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes @SteveWestActor ‏@SimonAudio #JIAM #LOVEAUDIOBOOKSVertigo 42 by Martha Grimes
Narrator: Steve West
Series: Richard Jury #23
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on June 3, 2014
Genres: Mystery
Length: 11 hours, 49 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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The inimitable Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury returns in another “literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive, bizarre” (The Washington Post) mystery, now with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie, Vertigo.

Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the forty-second floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’s death was accidental—a direct result of vertigo—but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.

Jury learns that a nine-year-old girl fell to her death five years before Tess at the same country house in Devon where Tess died. The girl had been a guest at a party Tess was giving for six children. Jury seeks out the five surviving party guests, who are now adults, hoping they can shed light on this bizarre coincidence.

Meanwhile, an elegantly dressed woman falls to her death from the tower of a cottage near the pub where Jury and his cronies are dining one night. Then the dead woman’s estranged husband is killed as well. Four deaths—two in the past, two that occur within this intricate, compelling novel—keep Richard Jury and his sidekick Sergeant Wiggins running from their homes in Islington to the countryside in Devon and to London as they try to figure out if the deaths were accidental or not. And, if they are connected.

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The Richard Jury series is another one of these mystery series with more than 20 books which I have read and loved since the 1980s.  It is also one which I have now tried on audio. And I discovered the series is narrated by one of my favorite narrators!!!!

I love the clever story and long-loved characters. One could never start with this book as not only would you miss so much but the characters would not be as well-developed or dear to you. There are all the things I need in the quirky characters, clever plotting and references, and now a great narrator.


I listened at my usual 1.25 speed but I think may be I should have slowed it down a notch or not multi-tasked during this listen. My mind would have enjoyed a moment to ponder evidence and savor amusement at the subtle humor. I could also just luxuriate in the voice of Steve West.


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About Steve West

A London native, Steve began his career by winning the Stage & Television Today acting scholarship at the age of 17 (after ironically believing that he had bombed the audition!). What followed took him through one of London’s top drama conservatories, onto the West End stage in ABBA’s musical phenomenon Mamma Mia! and then to working opposite the likes of Chucky the killer doll and Don Draper in TV’s Mad Men.

Having moved to the States in 2009 he earned a place as a highly respected and award winning voice over artist working across commercials, films, documentary, audiobooks and video games. He starred as Galahad in Sony’s epic motion capture release The Order 1886 which took over 2 years to film and employed the most up-to-date filming and audio techniques in the field.

Versatile in a multitude of ways from acting to singing to dancing to dying 100’s of different ways in a sound booth he continues to enjoy work both on stage, screen and behind a mic. Check out his latest news on the home page, join the conversation on Facebook and twitter and even head back to the 1800s and ‘be’ Steve/Galahad on the PS4!

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2018 Library-Love Challenge

Posted June 2, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 0 Comments