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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Grimes Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The inimitable Richard Jury returns in a thrilling tale of mystery, madness, and mistaken identity.

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’s 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebekah | 2/17/2014

    " As good as all the prior Richard Jury mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/6/2014

    " Detective Richard Jury has a case of 3 young women dead. They all worked for different escort services, which seems to be the one thing that connects them. Jury realizes you can't always find the answers through the obvious. Meanwhile, he plays a bit of a game with his old nemesis Harry Johnson and some black cats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Savannah | 1/31/2014

    " Grimes was on my soon-to-be-abandoned list, given that her past few were not compelling. This one regains some of the pacing and interest of her earlier titles, although I'm not sure what's with the channeling Rita Mae Brown. That degree of cute doesn't sit well with her otherwise somewhat grim and careful tone, and I'm not sure she's carrying it off entirely successfully. Still, it was a pleasure to be reacquainted with some of the old series regulars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nick Duretta | 1/6/2014

    " Pretty standard Grimes, which is to say it includes a decent mystery embellished with precocious children, animals and offbeat Melrose Plant (whose Aunt Agatha is strangely missing this time). Grimes harkens back to previous mysteries (and pubs), but crosses the line this time by introducing a dog and cat conversing with one another. It smacks of gimmickry and detracts from the story. "

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