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The Black Cat: A Richard Jury Mystery | [Martha Grimes]

The Black Cat: A Richard Jury Mystery

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.
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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' 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.

©2010 Martha Grimes (P)2010 Penguin

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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 07-22-11
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 07-22-11
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed Latest Edition to Series"

    First, this was my first exposure to a Richard Jury mystery and the writer Martha Grimes. She is extremely prolific and has a huge portfolio of works in print. I found the mystery very engaging and complex. Jury is drawn sparsely in this book, there are numerous call-backs to prior books, in particular The Old Wine Shades, that reintroduce characters. I found the flashbacks fair and transparent and did not suffer from not reading this 21 volume series. I feel like the narration was perfect and showed good versatility with the numerous characters. I would very much like to see key books of this series produced and released on Audible. This genre of mystery is often called, "Cozy Mysteries" due to the English pubs, small town feeling and emphasis on a less than high tech modern environment. This novel received marginal reviews in hardback form; but the rating on the audio version are quite good. This, in my opinion, is where an audio book becomes more than the flat page and actually enlivens the experience by creating a momentum of plot.

    This is a very skillfully done book by a writer that is meticulous in making sure the clues and characters come forward in good form. Finally, there is a dog, Mungo and his friend, Morris, the cat that have telepathic conversations and play into the plot. They almost steal the show. This is a very entertaining listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sue CHICO, CA, United States 12-26-11
    Sue CHICO, CA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Jury did it againnisledingly funny and surprising"
    If you could sum up The Black Cat in three words, what would they be?

    misdirecting. clever and fummy


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the pace was easy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the one with the 1 cats in the bar


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    dealing with the sargent


    Any additional comments?

    love jury and his neighvor

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terilyn Concord, NH, United States 10-08-11
    Terilyn Concord, NH, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2004

    Autumn Journal

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    "Good story - need the back list!"

    I have been a Martha Grimes and Richard Jury fan over 20 years. I was delighted to find a Jury book on Audible and am hopeful that some of her back list will be added. The mysteries and characterization are excellent. The more books you read the more the characters feel like friends or people you have known. Grimes is an intellectual writer with frequent references to history and literature.

    The narration was good, and having read every Jury novel prior to this the story was easy to follow. On the story, I would have liked to have seen more of Long Pid and the characters based there, but can wait for the next for that! Harry Johnson is fast becoming a nemesis that I hate, and cannot wait until Jury figures out how to take him down forever, despite his having the creativity and thought to name his cat Schrodinger.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharyn Hazen, AR, United States 08-26-11
    Sharyn Hazen, AR, United States 08-26-11 Member Since 2007

    I am a nurse and also work for USDA-Nass part time. I raise toy & Miniature Australian Shepherds. Listen to audio books while I am driving.

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    "Forget the black cat"

    Very hard for me to get into. Was hard to follow. I listened to it all but had to force myself.
    I loved this authors book "Biting The Moon" and "Nevada" and that is why I purchased this book. As usual some people like it some don't. It moved slowly and was boring and a little hard to follow. I listened to this while doing other things so may have missed something.
    Usually though if it is a good book I don't miss anything. I may go back and try it again but not any time soon. I loaned my ipod to a friend and she tried to listen to it to and said she
    didn't care for it either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Montclair, NJ, USA 06-20-10
    Eileen Montclair, NJ, USA 06-20-10
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    "Hard to follow"

    In fairness to this book, let me say that I'm writing this awhile after listening to it. I recall that I didn't care for the story much, that it was too difficult to follow and nearly always not very interesting. I disliked the sections of the book that were told in the cat/dog voice -- it really seemed silly, but I found myself wondering if I was becoming too jaded in my middle age. The narrator, who I believe is the same as in another recording of a book by this same author, is hard to follow at times and somehow irritating. All this being said, I listened to the book till the end -- in fact, I seem to recall that the story picked up in terms of interest and focus as it reached its conclusion. I also hope to never read another book about designer shoes -- a topic in which I have absolutely no interest.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 06-16-14
    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 06-16-14 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "New Narrator Does Fine..."

    I have read all these books, except maybe some of the newer ones. It goes without saying that I love this series. Unlike many others, I think, I'm in the Melrose Plant camp. His interactions with children is always ridiculous and fun (for example).

    I do have a few bones to pick, although I don't know how the problems could be solved. There are a few running gags that, if you don't know the books from the beginning of the series, may fall flat or go unnoticed. The butler's name is Ruthven. The name is pronounced "Rivven". Plant's Aunt Agatha, an American with hilarious delusions of her place in British aristocracy pronounces it incorrectly (as does the narrator, unfortunately). She also speaks with an American or bad English accent.

    These things are overlooked by narrators and audio producers for lack of homework. How this kind of issue can be resolved without input from the author (or a fan) is beyond me.

    Other than these irritations, I very much enjoyed this production of The Black Cat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    05-13-10
    05-13-10 Member Since 2001
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    "The black cat"

    Didn't care for this book at all. I found it rambling and disconnected. I don't like cats and dogs talking, and I had a terrible time trying to follow the story line. Finally gave up after 30 chapters, but if I find myself terribly bored may go back and try to finish it, but not today.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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