Grimes, Martha. The Blue Last.
I picked this one up at the library because I felt like a reunion with Richard Jury, Melrose Plant, and the other eccentric characters that Grimes has created.
Inspector Jury is approached by an old friend and colleague, Micky Haggerty, who is dying of cancer. Haggerty wants Jury to prove that during the WWII bombing of London, a baby was switched. Two young mothers, two babies of the same age. One mother and child killed by a bomb, one young mother and child survive. The surviving mother was the Nanny, the surviving baby is supposed to be the child of a wealthy family.
Despite the difficulties of a case this old, Jury wants desperately to help his old friend. With the help of his friend Melrose Plant, Jury begins the investigation, which involves two charming children and a dog. Children and dogs always play a part in Grimes' mysteries, and while they may not be absolutely believable, the children (and dogs) are filled with personality.
Unfortunately, the mystery itself has a number of flaws, not least of which is Jury's age and preoccupation with his past. By no means is The Blue Last one of Grimes' better novels.
Fiction. Mystery/Police Procedural. 2001. 415 pages.