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The Black Cat (Richard Jury Series #22)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012



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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Not her best work

    I've read everything written by Martha Grimes and after reading this book, I decided she probably doesn't have much more story telling left in her.

    To be honest, she lost me when she used a conversation between a dog and a cat early in the book in order to further along the mystery.

    The crime itself is a good one. The side story with the dog and the cat felt like filler, to say the least. It made the story drag to the extent I passed up the second "conversation" between the animals.

    In addition, her continuing the story of Jury and his "lover" Lu... I'm sorry, Grimes stretched on this one. Lu is in a near-fatal car accident and Jury responds by bedding another woman? Nope - Not Richard Jury. In this book, after knowing he bedded someone else to assuage his grief, it made it difficult to believe his "grief".

    If this her latest work is an example of what's to come in the future I think I'm probably done reading her books. She's trying too hard to force the story along and it made for very bad reading.

    I give it two stars because, as was mentioned previously, the mystery itself is a good one. I was rather surprised at the end to learn the result. Though, let's be fair, there were parts of that which were a little unbelievable.

    I rated it high for book clubs because this is a book that deserves to be torn apart by readers. Same thing goes for Topical Conversation.

    I'll say it again - not her best work. Good thing I recently started reading J.A. Jance.

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