Chapter and Hearse: And Other Mysteries

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Macmillan, Feb 11, 2004 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A wealthy businessman has died under suspicious circumstances. A Christmas with the family provides more drama than could be expected. A girl accuses the hospital of killing her grandmother. In 16th Century Scotland, the death of a clansman is not what it first appears.
From the investigations of Inspector C. D. Sloan and his enthusiastic, all-too-constant, but not very helpful sidekick Constable Crosby of the Calleshire C.I.D. to the travails of Henry Tyler of the Foreign Office, from the mysterious Malcolm Venables of the Secret Service to Sheriff Rhuaraidh Macmillan of 16th century Scotland, Catherine Aird's latest collection of literate, delightful tales takes the reader through the full range of crime and punishment. Aird's mix of deft plotting, charming wit, and clever writing has made her one of the most engaging and enduring traditional crime writers. In her latest volume, all of her considerable gifts as a storyteller are on display.
  

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Chapter and hearse

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This collection of 17 stories features Aird's well-known series protagonists Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan; his assistant, Cosby; and Malcolm Venables of the Secret Service. Aird's traditional plotting, refined prose, and clever dialog commend this to all collections. ... Read full review

Review: Chapter and Hearse: And Other Mysteries (Inspector Sloan #20)

User Review  - Bev - Goodreads

A very enjoyable collection of short stories. I was very taken with some of the non Sloan and Crosby ones, especially the Henry Tyler stories and the ones set in 16thC Scotland. Read full review

Contents

A Change of Heart
1
Due Diligence
15
Time Gentlemen Please
31
Cold Comfort
50
Chapter and Hearse
63
The Widows Might
77
Handsel Monday
92
Preyed in Aid
110
Like to Die
162
Dead Letters
176
Gold Frankincense and Murder
189
The Trouble and Strife
210
A Soldier of the Queen
234
Exit Strategy
251
Coup de Grace
265
Dummy Run
279

A Different Cast of Mind
130
Childs Play
148

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About the author (2004)

Catherine Aird is the author of more than twenty crime novels and story collections, most of which feature Detective Chief Inspector C. D. Sloan. She holds an honorary M. A. from the University of Kent and was made an M.B.E. Her other works include Amendment of Life (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003) and Little Knell (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001). She lives in England.

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