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on 26 September 2011
I've just finished The Black Cat, having read the entire series as a reading Challenge for 2011. I enjoyed this latest book, though maybe it did not quite reach the heights of some of the other entries. Hope this one will not be the last.
The series has always been quirky, interesting and informative; the last few books spending quite a lot of time on subjects like quantum mechanics and (in this one) the novels of Henry James. Many of the characters carry on right through the series and she has a plethora of undeniably cute dogs, cats and children, many of the latter one would really not wish to meet in real life.
The early books had some rather wild British geographical and other bloopers but lately my only gripe, and it applies to this one, is the language. I can take the Americanisms in the narrative, even the ubiquitous and ever jarring 'gotten', but dialogue should be right and she puts some words in the mouths of British people that they would never utter. No Englishman, for one example, would call a car exhaust a 'muffler'.
Minor quibbles aside I thoroughly enjoyed The Black Cat, and the rest of the series.
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on 7 February 2014
Richard Jury books are always a delight, and The Black Cat is a stand-out in the series. The characters are so well drawn, the humour lovely and the plot delightful with several intriguing twists. You will find yourself wanting to read all the Richard Jury series, and wanting to adopt the dog and Black Cat in this engaging book.
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on 25 October 2015
another magical and witty Jury story - worth waiting for if you are a fan - if never read before it is an old fashioned, can't put down and very readable who done it novel
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on 17 May 2015
I am always amazed at M.Grime's exceptional way she manages to capture such Englishness. Having said that, however, I found her later books tend to have lost that English innocence-ness and have become to blasé.
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on 12 December 2016
I enjoyed this series and this was was equally enjoyed.
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on 7 July 2017
Excellent service. Book exactly as stated. No problems.
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on 19 May 2015
An absorbing story, as usual in this series; the book arrived promptly and in good condition.
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on 25 March 2013
Pleased with my purchase being as it was a secondhand book. This now completes my Richard Jury collection by Marthas Grimes.
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on 4 April 2013
I wish Martha Grimes would write more of these novels. They now come out at such long intervals but each time I read a new Richard Jury book I am engrossed in past novels and characters and involved in the present novel. Great continuity and time setting. Wonderful plots. Involving and amusing.
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on 8 December 2012
Not as good as the other Grimes novels. Seems to be mailing it in now like quite a few others.
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