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The Deer Leap by Martha Grimes
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Feb 14, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011 , read count: 2

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. She speaks only when necessary, such as when frightening away the boys who were torturing Polly's cat. Carrie is one of Martha Grimes's best characters, a fey enchantment who has stayed tenuous in my mind since I first read THE DEER LEAP in 1994.
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