The Deer Leap

The Deer Leap In a village plagued by missing pets Scotland Yard s Richard Jury and sidekick Melrose Plant face the worst of human nature when a chilling old crime leads them to a brand new way to die

  • Title: The Deer Leap
  • Author: Martha Grimes
  • ISBN: 9780451411877
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a village plagued by missing pets, Scotland Yard s Richard Jury and sidekick Melrose Plant face the worst of human nature when a chilling old crime leads them to a brand new way to die.

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    • Martha Grimes

      Martha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood Grimes earned her B.A and M.A at the University of Maryland She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montgomery College.Grimes is best known for her series of novels featuring Richard Jury, an inspector with Scotland Yard, and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles Each of the Jury mysteries is named after a pub Her page turning, character driven tales fall into the mystery subdivision of cozies In 1983, Grimes received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace.The background to Hotel Paradise is drawn on the experiences she enjoyed spending summers at her mother s hotel in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland One of the characters, Mr Britain, is drawn on Britten Leo Martin, Sr, who then ran Marti s Store which he owned with his father and brother Martin s Store is accessible by a short walkway from Mountain Lake, the site of the former Hotel, which was torn down in 1967.She splits her time between homes in Washington, D.C and Santa Fe, New Mexico.



    570 thoughts on “The Deer Leap

    • I would have given this a 2 1/2 if I could have. I think it is my least favorite Jury novel so far. It's not even clear what the mystery is for about a third of the book, and like the Jerusalem Inn, gets really messagey. For an added bonus, it has an abrupt non-ending, and too much emphasis is given to characters that don't matter & not enough to those that do. There's not even that much Jury/Plant interaction, which is what I though the point of the series was. The highlights were Mrs. Wass [...]


    • If you love little English villages where everything is not as you would expect, this is indeed the story for you. In this 1985 outing of Detective Richard Jury of Scotland Yard, he is called out to Ashdown Dean. A friend of his, author Polly Praed, has been visiting the village and her cat has gone missing. But her cat was lucky for in this quiet little village, family pets have been dying and pretty soon, a pet owner dies too. Soon Polly has Melrose Plant, the former Earl of Caverness who has [...]


    • Seventh in the Richard Jury series.[return][return]Ashdown Dean. A small village where nothing much happens outside of the usual small-town, petty irritations and gossip. Polly Praed, author of best-selling trash mysteries, is wrestling with writer's block. Along with her cat Barney, she undertakes a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting the towns and villages where such literary giants as Chaucer, Henry James, and Jane Austen lived and wrote their masterpieces, hoping for some flash of inspiration that [...]


    • Another great story with great characters but the ending was too abrupt for my liking. Jury seemed a little out of character in this one. Maybe Grimes is trying to develop his private life a bit more. One of the most unsettling murderers to date.


    • It goes along well, then ends rather abruptly, with no real sense of closure. I know that was done for impact, but I don't particularly like when when impact gets in the way of a story.


    • I had a hard time getting into this book. It never grabbed me. Polly Praed is visiting a small town in search of a plot for her next murder mystery when the town's postmistress falls out of a phone booth dead, landing right at Polly's feet. The doctor thinks it's a heart attack, but Polly suspects murder and calls in Melrose Plant and Richard Jury. A series of pet deaths, and two more murders follow. Once again children take center stage, and Jury uncovers the solution to a cold abduction plot. [...]


    • Well, while I enjoyed getting more personal info on the main characters, the storyline itself seemed to be all over the place. And the ending was just horrible! There should have been a follow-up chapter to wrap everything else up! I do find that the actual murders/killings in these series are almost skipped over while the wild goose chase part is really played up.


    • Interesting concept with pets disappearing from a small town and then two deaths, but the story was rather confusing. This was probably 2 1/2 stars. So far, my least favorite of Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series. The ending felt rushed and it leaves the reader with lots of questions that, I feel, should have been answered.


    • ok - this is a hard review to write because I am not so keen on this one. Of course, let me say right out that I don't expect every book in a series to be top notch and my lack of kudos for this one does not in anyway diminish my love of the series. That saidI liked that Polly was in this - I hadn't remembered that we say her again so quickly and I like that Melrose was involved from the very beginning. In my last review I commented that I always the impression that Carol Anne was introduced bef [...]


    • My least favorite, so far, of Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series, which I am attempting to read in order, or near as I can. (I have skipped The Jerusalem Inn, waiting for it from my local library.)The Deer Leap was beyond confusing. I am a fast reader, but I deliberately slowed down, took my time, and re-read chapters and passages which I didn't 'get.' Perhaps it was the multitude of secondary characters, which I don't usually find confusing, but did this time. There is, of course, a child invol [...]


    • Author Polly Praed of the violet eyes loses her cat in Ashdown Dean, one of several beloved pets who have gone missing or died there. She pauses her trip to look for him, naturally, but she also calls for Melrose Plant and Inspector Jury. Melrose arrives because it's Polly, Jury arrives because of the human body that fell on Polly.The animal issues that Ashdown Dean is having involve Carrie Fleet, the silent animal crusader. Carrie is fifteen years old and beautiful. Neither fact matters to her. [...]


    • Well, I am a fan of this series, but this was a different story, not a huge mystery. Jury and Plant, Wiggins and Mrs. Wasserman appear and there are strange goings-on in a small village. We are introduced to Jury's new upstairs neighbour, Carole-anne Palutski and she's a great addition to the cast. I'm disappointed with the ending, not very clear and rather abrupt, but I will continue reading this series because Miss Grimes is a very good writer.


    • The Deer Leap begins with a series of animal deaths, seemingly accidental, but disturbing nevertheless. When mystery writer Polly Praed opens a telephone booth to find one of the villagers dead at her feet, it becomes a case for Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard. There is a chilling ending.


    • I am getting a little frustrated with some of the endings in this series. Once again, the 7th in the series ended abruptly with no wrap-up. Did the little heroine die or not? I have figured out I read this series for the character of Melrose Plant who adds humor and sarcasm and plays off Inspector Richard July and others quite nicely.Polly Praed, a mystery writer, has writer's block. She decides to visit several villages where famous writers once lived to garner inspiration and also takes along [...]


    • #7 in the Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury mystery series. Set in a small village, Ashdown, outside of London, Jury is drawn there by his friend and unofficial helper aristocratic Melrose Plant. Plant asks Jury for help when a friend discovers a body in a phone booth. The mystery starts with the death of 3 pets and then 2 murders all made to look like accidents. However, the mystery goes much deeper as it appears to be linked to an amnesiac who is line to inherit a fortune.Again, the st [...]


    • Can't stop reading 'Richard Jury' stories. (The series is beginning to have a 'formula' look to it.) However, the characters Ms. Grimes invents make me forget the formula. She does invent the most interesting characters. There is always a precocious child and one or two characters from other books who make an appearance. It definitely keeps me on my toes keeping track of them. I had to feeling as to who the perpetrator was-really surprised! Recommend!


    • Wie gut, dass die Jury-Romane so kurz sind. Trotzdem ist es schade um das Potential, das in ihnen und besonders den Charakteren schlummert, dann aber immer wieder zunichte gemacht wird. Hier fand ich z. B. das Ende ausgesprochen abrupt und sinnlos.


    • I liked this book pretty well. It was a pleasant read, nothing I'm going to remember for very long. The ending was rather abrupt and I was startled to see that the next page was a look at the next book in the series.


    • Some old favorite characters join Superintendent Richard Jury in an investigation of murder -- both of humans and pets -- in a small village. A young girl trying to save animals from brutality becomes a target of the murderer. A good read.


    • The story moved along quickly and the dark twist at the end caught me off guard. Before the ending the story seemed more quaint than gritty.


    • Found the ending confusing. Had a hard time figuring out who was speaking. Did not feel as good about the end of the book as other times.


    • A slow tiresome beginning with faded village characters. Book becomes more interesting at the mid point with twists and turns. Ending unexpected and interesting.





    • All the usual elements of a Martha Grimes mystery are here - the sleepy and quirky English village where everybody knows everybody's business; the beautiful women who are attracted to Superintendent Richard Jury and he to them; the hypochondriacal but indispensable Sgt. Wiggins; Jury's civilian sidekick Melrose Plant; the charming children; and, of course, the animals. It is the animals that are at first the center of this mystery in the village of Ashdown Dean. Something terrible is happening t [...]


    • "All the usual elements of a Martha Grimes mystery are here - the sleepy and quirky English village where everybody knows everybody's business; the beautiful women who are attracted to Superintendent Richard Jury and he to them; the hypochondriacal but indispensable Sgt. Wiggins; Jury's civilian sidekick Melrose Plant; the charming children; and, of course, the animals. It is the animals that are at first the center of this mystery in the village of Ashdown Dean. Something terrible is happening [...]


    • #7 Inspector Jury, the village of Ashdown Dean; dark cosy/cosy police procedural. First it was pets, now it’s people - the tiny village of Ashdown Dean is rapidly becoming even smaller, as deaths occur with increasing frequency. Jury’s unexpected ally in the case is a spooky 15YO girl who only cares about the animals, but as he finds himself becoming interested in her situation he realizes that not only does she have unexpected depths, she also has enemies. This is extremely good of its type [...]


    • When pets and then people start dying in what appear to be domestic accidents, no one is really concerned. When Polly Praed calls Melrose Plant because her cat has been stolen from her car, the former Lord Ardry takes the hint and gets in touch with his friend Superintindent Jury, who soon discovers no accidents but deliberate murder.There are the usual quirky characters, an orphan adopted by a nobility, who runs a haven for unwanted animals and may be an unwanted heiress on her own, a Master of [...]


    • This is one of the earlier books in the Richard Jury series. It does not have as much background information as her newer books. Therefore it was a better read since it was not necessary to try to figure out who all the friends of Jury were and their background stories.Animals and people are either disappearing or being murdered in a small village. When the cat of Polly's, a friend of Jury, is taken from her car she is worried. Next she finds a dead woman in a phone booth. She calls a good frien [...]


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