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09:59 pm: The Black Cat - A Richard Jury novel by Martha Grimes
This got a good review from the WashPost and I was on hold for three months to get it. It turns out this is the 22nd book of the Richard Jury series and our library does have most of them. He's a Scotland Yard Superintendent and gets to working on an odd murder in the country. Two more similar murders happen and there's some ancilary plots, some of which drift from earlier books in the series. I had the murderer for the first murder about a quarter of the way in, but couldn't figure out the motive. There's more info about three-quarters in and then he comes up with an unexpected method and motive near the end.

I have the second and third books on hold (the first and fourth aren't at the library) and I think I'll probably read the whole series. I hope they're as fast reads as this one was.

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From:malibrarian
Date:July 9th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
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I've read most of them and they are. By this time she's getting to a bit of short-hand in her characters, and it can be hard to understand what's going on if you haven't read the books before.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 9th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
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Yes, characters and places, too. I think I did pretty well figuring them out, but I'd like to start earlier in the series to get their beginning and ongoing plots. The annoying thing is that he refers to murders, etc., that must be in earlier books and none of the titles match!
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 9th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
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Thanks, but the library has those.
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From:pameladean
Date:July 9th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
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The earlier ones go pretty fast, but there are some fat ones somewhere in there that drag out the characters' personal situations interminably. I actually quit reading the series because I couldn't stand reading three huge fat books and seeing a personal situation advance by a millimeter, if that.

Also, actually, I couldn't stand her prose any more. I'm very curious about this latest book, though, since it didn't seem to faze you, so I might check it out of the library. Her sentences used to just make me want to pull out my hair. She keeps backing into them so that the real information is at the end, and her grammar is all over the place. I really hope she got better again.

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From:mjlayman
Date:July 9th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
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You might not like it -- the first night I wasn't sure if I'd get more books. I kept thinking the writing was strange, but then the story got me.
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From:pameladean
Date:July 9th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
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She really does create very interesting plots, some more convoluted than others. But yeah, if the writing seemed strange to you, I probably won't bother. It's too bad. I was very excited when I began the series, because I haven't found a new mystery writer I really loved in quite some time now.

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