The Deer Leap Author:Martha Grimes 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 some idle gossip over a pint or two at the Deer Leap, the village pub, this hardly seems the case for Superintendent Jury of Sco... more »tland Yard. Nor does it seem much of a challeng for the combined deductive powers of Jury and Melrose Plant, the affable former Earl of Caverness.
It is his mystery-writing, amehtyst-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.
But Ashdown Dean presents a puzzle. Just outside the village lurks the solitary and sinister Rumford Laboratory. What role does it play in the death of pets and people? And what secrets lie buried in the cloudy past of Regina de la Notre, the aging dowager and village matriarch? And just who is Regina's fifteen-year-old irrepressible ward, who uses the gardens of the ramshackle mansion called La Notre to tend lame and helpless strays?
The answers are hidden beneath Ashdown Dean's sleepy veneer. And Jury's efforts lead him to an ending more chilling than the most world-weary of detectives could imagine.« less