The Deer Leap by Martha Grimes

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In her latest Richard Jury adventure, Martha Grimes takes us 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.

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 16, 2013 by Scribner. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Jury quickly realizes that the puzzle's key lies with teenaged, taciturn Carrie Fleet, an amnesiac for five years, brought to the village from London by florid, hard-drinking Baroness Regina de la Notre, whose cool secretary Gillian Kendall seems to return Jury's interest.

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