The Black Cat

The Black Cat

A Richard Jury Mystery

Book - 2010
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"Three months have passed since Richard Jury was left bereft and guilt- ridden after his lover's tragic auto accident, and he is now more wary than ever. He is deeply suspicious when requested on a case far out of his jurisdiction in an outlying village where a young woman has been murdered behind the local pub. The only witness is the establishment's black cat, who gives neither crook nor clue as to the girl's identity or her killer's. Identifying the girl becomes tricky when she's recognized as both the shy local librarian and a posh city escort, and Jury must use all his wits and intuition to determine the connection to subse­quent escort murders. Meanwhile, Jury's nemesis, Harry Johnson, continues to goad Jury down a dangerous path. And Johnson, along with the imperturbable dog Mungo, just may be the key to it all. Written with Martha Grimes's trademark insight and grace, The Black Cat signals the thrilling return of her greatest character. The superintendent is a man possessed of prodigious analytical gifts and charm, yet vulnerable in the most perplexing ways."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2010.
ISBN: 9780670021604
Call Number: GRIMES
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Jury, Richard (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Police -- England -- Fiction.
Cats -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction


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wblaken Oct 31, 2013

I don't believe that Martha Grimes had a bigger fan of her Richard Jury Series than myself.........until her last few books. Martha need to get Richard on something for his depression. Every time I read a book lately he makes me feel depressed. I am so sick of his dark moods that not even Wiggins can lighten up. I think she needs to go back to mysteries in the small villages that worked for her in the beginning. I am through reading her for now.

Mar 07, 2012

I completely disagree with the previous 3 viewers. Back in the '90's I started reading the series, but by the 2000's had gotten thoroughly tired of the self-absorbed drinking pals, and very tired of the aunt, and of Jury's boss. In my not-at-all humble opinion, they were predictable and tiresome. So I was pleased that (except for Plant, who is not tiresome) they barely make an appearance in this one, and the aunt not at all.
I always love the anthropomorphic cats and dogs, (and the hyper-aware child), and am glad they were in this book in abundance. I'm also relieved Grimes has finally given up claiming Jury was born around 1940 (yet still irresistible to every young woman). In this book, it seemed both Jury and Wiggins have been allowed to grow up, evolve, and be much more delightful.
Kudos to Grimes. May the noted trends continue.

Jan 21, 2012

Normally love the series, but agree that this is too much of the moody Jury without the rest of the ensemble cast. Know this going in.

Sep 21, 2010

Martha Grimes has become "beyond her due date." Talking dogs and cats who help solve mysteries aren't nearly as amusing as the old Long Piddleton gang or Jury's fellow apartment dwellers. Her novels were once so amusing and engaging: fun to read -- but that was yesterday, I guess.

Jun 30, 2010

Squabbling begins on the first page. By the second page, I decided to give up on it.


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