The Black Cat by Martha Grimes
A Richard Jury Mystery

70%

6 Critic Reviews

The narrative flows with Grimes’s trademark wit — a tossed off, deadpan hyperbole. Loosely paralleling the main investigation is a subplot featuring a precocious child plus assorted black cats.
-Chron.com

Synopsis

Richard Jury is still dealing with the guilt of the accident that sent Lu Aquilar into a coma. But then he gets assigned the case of a beautiful woman who was murdered on the grounds of a pub called the Black Cat. And the only witness is a black cat. The woman is unidentifiable-but Jury is going to see that the person responsible is known to all...
 

About Martha Grimes

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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.
 
Published April 2, 2010 by Signet. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Black Cat
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Book Reporter

Above average
on Jan 11 2011

THE BLACK CAT is the 22nd installment in this wildly successful series, and the introduction of new characters and timely events is welcomed by some fans and perhaps befuddling to others.

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The Washington Post

Above average
on Apr 05 2010

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.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Above average
on Jun 09 2010

Grimes steers into Rita Mae Brown territory by having a dog and a cat discuss events. This makes "The Black Cat" skid to a halt and mars an otherwise effective story.

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Chron.com

Good
on Apr 11 2010

The narrative flows with Grimes’s trademark wit — a tossed off, deadpan hyperbole. Loosely paralleling the main investigation is a subplot featuring a precocious child plus assorted black cats.

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Mysterious Reviews

Above average

The identity of the killer won't come as a surprise to most readers, but how Jury cleverly pieces the puzzle together...The Black Cat is not on the same level as the earliest books in the series, but it will likely satisfy most fans.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Good
on Sep 13 2010

The book is, at the very least, a tutorial in designer footwear, filled with delightful humor and charming prose, and is recommended.

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