Amendment of Life: A Mystery

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Macmillan, Jan 9, 2003 - Fiction - 240 pages
5 Reviews
For decades, Catherine Airdís crime novels featuring C.D. Sloan have been beloved by fans and lauded by critics for their adroit plotting, playful wit, and literate charm. With Amendment of Life, Aird delivers the lively and engrossing novel that readers have come to rely upon.

Detective Chief Inspector C.D. Sloan of the Calleshire CID is used to the occasional oddity in his relatively quiet part of the English countryside. But lately things have taken a strange turn. First, in the center of a yew maze that is the showpiece of the Tudor-era house, Aumerle Court, a body is spotted by Miss Daphne Pedlinge, the elderly chatelaine of the Court. By the time the groundskeeper actually makes it to the center, he, too, spies the body, and it is indeed dead.

Meanwhile, a few miles away, a slaughtered rabbit is left on the Bishopís doorstep in nearby Calleford, an omen as portentous as the body in the maze. Now Inspector Sloan, with the somewhat trying personage of Constable Crosby in tow, must uncover what precisely is going on as they launch an investigation with more twists and turns than the maze itself.
  

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LibraryThing Review

User Review  - particle_p - LibraryThing

Reasonably good procedural mystery. Crosby and Sloan are always fun, but there's nothing special about this book. Solidly three stars, no more no less, and a very quick read. Read full review

Review: Amendment of Life: A Mystery (Inspector Sloan #19)

User Review  - Andrea Sachs - Goodreads

A quick easy mystery - just right for summer reading! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
21
Section 4
34
Section 5
42
Section 6
51
Section 7
62
Section 8
74
Section 11
113
Section 12
124
Section 13
137
Section 14
146
Section 15
155
Section 16
165
Section 17
176
Section 18
187

Section 9
87
Section 10
101
Section 19
197
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Catherine Aird is the author of some twenty crime novels and story collections, most of which feature Detective Chief Inspect C.D. Sloan. She holds an honorary M.A. from the University of Kent and was made an M.B.E. Her more recent works are Little Knell (St. Martinís Minotaur, 2001) and Stiff News (St. Martinís Minotaur, 1999). She lives in Sturry, Kent in England.