The Deer Leap (Richard Jury Series #7)

The Deer Leap (Richard Jury Series #7)

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by Martha Grimes

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In a village plagued by missing pets, Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and sidekick Melrose Plant face the worst of human nature when a chilling old crime leads them to a brand new way to die.


In a village plagued by missing pets, Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and sidekick Melrose Plant face the worst of human nature when a chilling old crime leads them to a brand new way to die.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is the seventh crime novel by Grimes, an American who writes wih assurance on the exploits of Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and his titled friend Malcolm Plant. They meet at The Deer Leap, a pub in Ashdown Dean where people and pets have been dying ``accidentally.'' Plant focuses his attentions on a solitary, 15-year-old girl who calls herself Carrie Fleet. She's an amnesiac, rescued from London lowlifes who had found the child and were using her to collect government money for her support. Carrie's unlikely savior is a baroness, living on drunken fantasies in the decayed splendor of her late husband's estate. In an isolated corner of the grounds, Carrie maintains a sanctuary for abused animals. Her zealous care makes her a suspect in the destruction of the local fox-hunting headquarters, but Jury casts his net elsewhere. In the last act of the witty and deeply moving drama, retribution for heinous crime is exacted. Here gentle Plant plays a role so utterly unexpected that readers will feel its impact for a long time. November 26

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Penguin Group (USA)
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Richard Jury Series, #7
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4.46(w) x 6.56(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Deer Leap (Richard Jury Series #7) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CletusCF More than 1 year ago
It ended very abruptly, but I'd buy it again anyway!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok...... cats don't say Oh my gosh.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
A great story but a couple of little quibbles. I didn't really understand the point of the earlier deaths of the animals. I don't understand how the responsible got everyone away from the lab for the showdown. I didn't like how open ended the fate of the ultimate victim was. That said, I loved that Carole-Ann and Mrs. Wasserman had actual roles to play. I loved that Melrose got his hands dirty and even made a bit of a connection with a child (he never seemed to like children much in the earlier novels). Several of the characters were written as almost completely unlikeable, and that led to a lack of sympathy for their plights. But, I did like the character development of some of the characters (Polly finally seems to be coming along). The book club edition was formatted well with no obvious spelling/grammar errors.
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I like it so far!!! Keep going! Characters// <p> Name/ DoveGlory <br> Age/ 15 moons <br> Gender/ she cat <br> Looks/ She has a black and grey pelt. Her eyes are a emerald green color. She has a long tail and tan paws. She has a white strip going from the back of her ears to her nose <br> Personality/ Sweet, kind, generious, caring, loyal <br> Rank/ warrior, queen <p> Name/ DivingHale <br> Age/ 16 moons <br> Gender/ Tom <br> Looks/ A grey and white pelt with black paws. He has hazel eyes and white tiped ears. He has tan colored sreaks going down to his flank<br> Personality/ Loyal, feirce, caring <br> Rank/ warrior (DoveGlory and DivingHale are not mates)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be mates? Or not mates?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Ya.)) Btw, heatclan is a clan compleatly dedicaed to heat and $e.x. i am its leader, cheetwo.)) He walks to sandclaw third result