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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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1 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 12-13-14


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?


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

Not really.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brad on 07-22-11

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.

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