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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Grimes Narrator: Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Emma Graham Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781101484500
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The beguiling young sleuth Emma Graham returns.

Martha Grimes returns to her twelve-year-old heroine, Emma Graham, in this suspenseful sequel to the bestselling Belle Ruin. Emma continues her investigation into the strange disappearance of the four-month-old Slade baby from the Belle Ruin Hotel more than twenty years before. The sudden appearance in town of the baby’s father, Morris Slade, makes her even more determined to learn the truth. Then a mysterious drifter named Ralph Diggs appears at the Hotel Paradise, looking for work, ingratiating himself with everyone there. Everyone, that is, except Emma.

The perceptive Emma is bound once again to delight fans of the previous books Hotel Paradise, Cold Flat Junction, and Belle Ruin, and certain to win new readers with her intuition and humor.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish Files | 2/18/2014

    " I Love Emma and her cheeky ways, but this latest in the series did not seem to add much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 2/12/2014

    " not very exciting, but a funny and comforting story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/10/2014

    " Emma Graham the twelve year old detective and writer uncovers another mystery that the adults in her town don't want to face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 2/9/2014

    " Another excellent installment in the Emma Graham series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renie | 2/1/2014

    " this book is a sequel to a book called Belle Ruin - which i didn't realize and wish I had read before reading FlyAway Girl. There are many references to crimes etc. that took place in the first book and references to people that I didn't know anything about. If you want to read Fadeaway Girl be sure to pick up Belle Ruin first. I like the author's style although I doubt a 12 year old girl could do all the things listed in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharneel | 1/19/2014

    " Emma is a delight. Her life and times evoke a simplicity of life that draws me in. She makes me wish I had been more like her when I was young. This novel continues from the previous three. I would not recommend reading it without having read the other three. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Kay | 1/6/2014

    " This was really more of a two & a half. The 12-year-old protagonist just didn't ring true, but some of her antics were hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan R | 1/6/2014

    " Read Belle Ruin first. There are numerous references to past events and characters in this book, and you will be lost without having read the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/4/2014

    " Not her best but I love Martha. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandybjork | 12/30/2013

    " love Martha Grimes (good escape) and she writes from a child's point of view so well. Emma age 12 first appeared in "Belle Ruin" and this is a sequel to that book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/16/2013

    " Not my favorite Martha Grimes character, but a good read anyway "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 12/1/2013

    " This booked moved very slowly, and I found the main character dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 patty | 11/25/2013

    " I wanted to like this more, I really did, I loved the previous Emma books but I had a hard time keeping interested in this. It's too bad because some of her phrases are quite lovely! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes | 3/3/2013

    " Twelve-year old solves a twenty yyear old mystery. Emma lives in an old hotel in a quiet town in southwestern Maryland. Quite precocious in her dealings with adults. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie Carruth | 2/18/2013

    " I like Martha Grimes but I dislike this book. It feels like I came in in the middle of a trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 12/18/2012

    " For the length of the book, I had the feeling I was missing something. I only just now discovered that there were three previous books about the same characters. IMO, this isn't a stand-alone book because I was confused about various things from the start. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 11/3/2012

    " I'll stick to Richard Jury. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 9/27/2011

    " I really prefer the Richard Jury series but this is growing on me. An 11 year old girl, who also waits tables at her mother's hotel, is the detective and has been discovering several old unexplained deaths, which she then investigates. A really feisty, intrepid girl! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie K | 8/21/2011

    " Long-awaited and did not dissapoint. Did not wrap everything up though, this is the most tantalizing, ongoing, never-ending series of mysteries! But I love the characters and the perspective of the pre-teen sleuth Emma Graham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/15/2011

    " Martha Grimes has a way of writing about children, especially from their perspective that is captivating. Emma is an amazing character and she does it again. My only complaint is that the book wasn't longer and tied up more loose ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betted | 7/5/2011

    " Not sure I will ever finish this Grimes novel. Love the character from Belle Ruin, love Martha Grimes books, but this particular book seems to repeat the same things over and over again that were part of Belle Ruin. Will start the new Orson Scott Card and come back to htis one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 6/18/2011

    " I adore Martha Grimes, and I love Emma Graham...but if this is the end of the series, I'm really confused. Who dunnit??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Brand | 5/25/2011

    " This is a kind of young adult sounding mystery. There was another book called Belle Ruin that should have been read first. I finished the book but I was not engaged much and really did not find it very interesting. It is just a kind of average story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 5/20/2011

    " I love this author and the way she writes. However, this book cannot be read on its own. I think it is all one story written as three books. Start at Cold Flat Junction, then read Belle Ruin and finally this book. Don't expect a straightforward detective story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/3/2011

    " This isn't one of the better ones in this series but I enjoy reading about these characters and how a 12 year old girl puts everything together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/3/2011

    " This was the 4th book in the series...I looked these books..I hope she continutes with the same characters in another book.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betted | 4/28/2011

    " Not sure I will ever finish this Grimes novel. Love the character from Belle Ruin, love Martha Grimes books, but this particular book seems to repeat the same things over and over again that were part of Belle Ruin. Will start the new Orson Scott Card and come back to htis one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/15/2011

    " I'm so happy to have this next installment of the Emma Graham series by Martha Grimes in my hot, little hands. I was wondering if Ms. Grimes would write another. I love Emma's voice; hers is true, confident and so clever, I can't believe she is only 12! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doreen | 4/12/2011

    " Very disappointed. I like her Pub title mysteries but completly turned off this series. I do enjoy young sluths as the one i Alan Bradley's Sweetness at the bottom of the pie. Even Nancy Drew is better than Fadeaway Girl. Will not pick up another - have too many others to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Maxine | 4/10/2011

    " I loved the other Emma Graham mysteries by Martha Grimes but I couldn't get in to this one. It might help to read them closer together in time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 4/3/2011

    " Apparently this is a sequel to Belle Ruin. Before I can offer a proper commentary, I will have to read the prior novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 3/30/2011

    " Just happenstance that I got two preadolescent girls as narrator, this one is also good, but it had been so long since I read the previous books, I spent a lot of time playing catchup. "

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About the Author
Author Martha Grimes

Martha Grimes was born in Pennsylvania. Grimes earned her BA and MA at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montgomery College. Grimes is best known for her series of novels featuring Richard Jury, an inspector with Scotland Yard, and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles. Each of the Jury mysteries is named after a pub. Her page-turning, character-driven tales fall into the mystery subdivision of “cozies.” In 1983, Grimes received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace. She splits her time between homes in Washington, DC, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

About the Narrator

Kim Mai Guest is a multilingual voice actress who has worked extensively in animation, video games, and audiobook narration. She has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a cofinalist in 2008 for the Audie Award for best science-fiction narration.