THE BLACK CAT, by Martha Grimes
22/series begun in 1981. Another great Richard Jury tale, this one involving murdered women who work for escort services in and around London. We don’t see enough of aristocratic sidekick Melrose Plant, bucolic Long Piddleton, and the gang at the Jack and Hammer, but Grimes’ witty dialogue never fails and the sexy Jury does his usual compassionate and complete job. The conversations between Mungo the dog and various felines are a little far-fetched but still entertaining. A 4; talking animals do not turn me on.