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The Black Cat Audiobook

The Black Cat: A Richard Jury Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

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 Member Since 2017
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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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    Christine Los Angeles, CA, USA 12-13-14
    Christine Los Angeles, CA, USA 12-13-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Un-listenable"
    What disappointed you about The Black Cat?

    I don't know what was more unbearable: the conversations between the dog Mungo and the cat Morris, the endless descriptions of designer shoes and dresses (with prices), or the rushed reading by John Lee. After an hour or two I had to quit. Having listened to 15 previous Martha Grimes Richard Jury books, charmingly crafted and beautifully read by
    Steve West, I found The Black Cat a huge disappointment.


    What could Martha Grimes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not bothered to write this story and not trusted John Lee to read it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    Never!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    3 of 3 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 2016
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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 Denver, Colorado 10-08-11
    Terilyn Denver, Colorado 10-08-11

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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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    Flippingpirouettes 04-26-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Dreadful Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Cat the most enjoyable?

    I almost didn't listen to this book but made myself stick with it. The Narrator spoke way too fast and there is very little differentiation in his voice for the characters. They all sounded the same.


    What other book might you compare The Black Cat to and why?

    The story itself is classic Grimes. Love all her books in the Richard Jury series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Never have him narrate a Richard Jury story again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 06-21-17
    Cynthia 06-21-17
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    "Haven't finished it yet...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Cat to be better than the print version?

    In this instance I'm going to guess the print version is better, since we've become used to hearing Steve West portray all the characters' voices with all their nuances.


    If you’ve listened to books by Martha Grimes before, how does this one compare?

    Terrible. Horrible narrator. Mr. Lee is simply reading the book to us (and too fast) in a monotonous tone rather than playing out the characters with his voice like we've come to know and love them when read by Steve West.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Never let anyone besides Steve West narrate this series.


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

    Haven't finished it yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to finish this story so I can stop listening to it. Pleased to see Steve West is back to narrating the next in the series. I've listened to them all up to this point and love the characters as fleshed out by Steve West.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 05-22-17
    Jennifer 05-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Martha Grimes & mysteries fan"

    This is a great narrator ~ perfect! Also, it's one of my favorite Martha Grimes mysteries. Highly recommend

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    elena carles 04-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Change in narrator not appreciated"

    It was difficult to know who was speaking as the narrator did not vary his accent. The story was the best so far

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chiere Martyn 12-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Need Steve West"

    Please get Steve West back to narrate. Part of the appeal of audio books is giving characters a personality. Steve West has brought these characters to life and he is needed to continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leila Dunkirk, MD, United States 10-06-16
    Leila Dunkirk, MD, United States 10-06-16 Member Since 2010
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    "SO ANNOYING!!!"
    Would you try another book from Martha Grimes and/or John Lee?

    I've been listening - in order - to the Martha Grimes/Richard Jury mysteries series over the last several weeks.Wow! What a disappointment to discover that books 19,20, and 21 aren't available on Audible. So I skipped to book 22, The Black Cat, and then discovered it was evidently recorded before Steve West began his narration. By this time, and after all the credits spent on this series, switching to another reader is more than confusing - Steve West has become the voice of Richard Jury, Melrose Plant, Aunt Agatha, and so many other characters. Seems to me Audible would do their customers a service by not only nudging along the recording of those missing three books, but by removing the one "sore thumb" in the collection until it too is available with a Steve West reading. So now I'll just drop #22 and move on to #23, Vertigo 42 with the hopes I can fill in the blanks in those characters' lives in the missing books.


    What could Martha Grimes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't know if it was her decision, but a consistency in narrators is important in a series this long.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Steve West. Out of a series of 23 books, with 20 available on Audible, to have ONE book with a different narrator is ridiculous.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Didn't waste much time on the book after discovering the different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible: work harder on providing an ENTIRE series, not just a few books in a series. Or skip offering series of books altogether, - or withhold them until you have the full series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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