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The Old Wine Shades by Martha Grimes
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May 11, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery
Read in March, 2006

I had a very hard time crediting the cat and dog with as much intelligence as Grimes gave them. In all her other books, animals acted like animals. But in this book, Mungo and Shoe (the cat) hold conversations, are capable of reasoning, and Mungo might even be psychic. I enjoy reading books with human-acting animals, but not when it’s so far out of the author’s previous style. One of the devices Grimes uses is to give one of her characters a fascination with something (gardening, physics, antiques, etc). She goes into great detail explaining the facets of whatever-it-is, and usually that information comes back and helps Jury solve the case. I only wish I knew enough about the topic Grimes picks to be able to appreciate Jury’s detecting…

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