Please suggest a quote from the book Help the Poor Struggler by Martha Grimes.

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Help the Poor Struggler is Martha Grimes sixth mystery/detective novel featuring Richard Jury, a charismatic protagonist detective. The novels are set in Britain, and each title comes from the name of a British pub.

Since you were not too specific about what kind of quote you would like, I chose one which seems to me to be indicative of Grimes's writing style and her British settings as well as an example of her creating suspense through the effective use of details.

Angela Thorne had been told by her parents never to stay out after dark, never to miss her tea, never to walk along the Cobb, never to play along the shingle beach while the tide was coming in. Angela Thorne was presently engaged in doing them all, attended only by her dog, Mickey.

Though this passage really is just a list of some advice her parents gave her, it is clear that something ominous is about to happen to her, despite the presence of her faithful dog. It does not happen in the next paragraph or the next, but it does happen. 

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