|Deer Leap, the (1985) [Novel]|
by Martha Grimes
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Series: Richard Jury
(From the publisher):
First it was Una Quick's dog, Pepper; next the eccentric Potter sisters' beloved pet cat; and then the surly Gerard Jenks's equally surly guard dog. If it hadn't seemed impossible, one would have thought that the animal population of Ashdown Dean was methodically killing itself off. Or being killed.
But surely even the latter eventuality is hardly a case for Superintendent Jury of Scotland Yard? Still less for the formidable combined deductive powers of Jury and the former Lord Ardry, his affable aristocratic helper. Still, how can they resist a summons from their friend Polly Praed, amethyst-eyed writer of detective novels, who insists on the presence of the duo after she opens the door to a telephone kiosk and is unpleasntly surprised?
The Hampshire village of Ashdown Dean proves to have a lot more murky secrets beneath its sleepy surface, as do its inhabitants - particularly the village matriarch, Regina de la Notre, and her young ward, a passionate animal rights crusader who runs a sanctuary for sick and wounded creatures. But as he slowly assembles the clues that will lead him to a solution, Jury cannot prepare himself for the shocking revelations of the bloody climax...
Original title: The Deer Leap
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural