The Black Cat (Richard Jury Series #22)

The Black Cat (Richard Jury Series #22)

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by Martha Grimes

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The inimitable Richard Jury returns in a thrilling tale of mystery, madness, and mistaken identity.

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Unabridged CDs, 8 CDs, 10 hours

The inimitable Richard Jury returns in a thrilling tale of mystery, madness, and mistaken identity.

Editorial Reviews

Patrick Anderson
Grimes can be many things—literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive, bizarre—but she is never clunky. Sometimes, reading her, you think you've stumbled on an improbable fusion of Agatha Christie and Monty Python, but that, in moderation, is not an unpleasant experience…This is, let it be said, a monumentally whimsical novel. You may find it bewildering at times, but if you are partial to whimsy it will dazzle you.
—The Washington Post
Marilyn Stasio
Okay, so the talking animals may be over the top; but for all its eccentric drollery, Martha Grimes's new Richard Jury mystery, The Black Cat, is a shrewd whodunit that plays on the facile assumptions we make about people based on their outward appearance.
—The New York Times
Library Journal
The 22nd book in Grimes's cozy series (after Dust) opens with the shooting death of a woman outside a village pub, The Black Cat. Though the case falls outside his jurisdiction, New Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury is called in to investigate and quickly learns of the curious disappearance of the pub's own black cat. What bedevils him is the identity of the dead woman, who turns out to be a librarian who moonlighted as a call girl. The investigation leads Jury to con man Harry Johnson, whose dog, Mungo, comes to Jury's aid again, as he did in The Old Wine Shades. Meanwhile, two other call girls are killed, this time in London. With the help of colleague Sergeant Wiggins and friend Melrose Plant, Jury searches for a deeper connection among the victims, even as he grapples with his feelings for his hospitalized lover. VERDICT The suspense, literary allusions, and humor are vintage Grimes with an uptick in the entertainment, thanks to Mungo's antics. For Grimes fans; this might also appeal to fans of animal mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/09.]—Suzie Remilien, New York
Publishers Weekly
At the start of bestseller Grimes's muddled 22nd Richard Jury mystery (after Dust), the body of an unidentified woman, who reminds Jury of a Pre-Raphaelite beauty, lies in a mortuary in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Shot outside the Black Cat, a local pub, the victim was wearing expensive clothes, decorous yet sexy. The Thames Valley police wonder why Jury, a Scotland Yard superintendent, is intruding on their turf. The victim proves to have been a professional escort, the only witness to her murder the pub's black cat. Cats and dogs can share their thoughts, mostly mundane, with one another, but, alas, not with humans. More escorts get killed. Unresolved cases from Dust and its predecessor, Old Wine Shades, complicate the plot to little purpose. Off-kilter details jar. No London copper would ask a London cabbie if the cabbie knows a particular street. This subpar effort from one of mystery's major stars will appeal mainly to fans of the talking animal subgenre. 8-city author tour.(Apr.)

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Product Details

Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
Richard Jury Series, #22
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 5.82(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.

Brief Biography

Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
May 2, 1931
Place of Birth:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
B.A., M.A., University of Maryland

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