The Black Cat

The Black Cat

A Richard Jury Mystery

Large Print - 2010
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Jury investigates the death of a young escort who has been murdered behind a 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781410425263
1410425266
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: 515 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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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.

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miaone
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.

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astrella
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.

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bob_pierce
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.

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22950009541673
Jun 30, 2010

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

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