In this Richard Jury adventure, Martha Grimes takes
listeners to Ashdown Dean, a little English village where animals are dying in
a series of seemingly innocuous accidents. While the puzzling deaths of village
pets may raise some idle gossip over a pint or two at the Deer Leap, the
village pub, this hardly seems a case for Superintendent Jury of Scotland Yard.
Nor does it seem much of a challenge for the combined deductive powers of Jury
and Melrose, the affable former Earl of Caverness.
It is his mystery-writing, amethyst-eyed friend, Polly
Praed, who drags Plant and Jury to Ashdown Dean. The impatient Polly, having
yanked open a call box in the pouring rain, is ill prepared for what lands at
her feet. The now-deadly case is cause for calling in Scotland Yard.
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