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Slight Mourning (Inspector Sloan #6)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  218 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Another outstanding mystery by Aird featuring Inspector C.D. Sloan and Constable Crosby.

Murder after Dinner

Twelve people sat down for dinner at Strontfield Park, William Fent’s ancestral home. Thirteen would have been most unlucky. For the host, however, the evening could not have been unluckier. By midnight he was dead—killed instantly when his motorcar smashed into anoth
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Mass Market Paperback, 183 pages
Published February 1982 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1975)
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Katie Bee
Nov 25, 2015 Katie Bee rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books-read
I liked this one. Bits of the plot are guessable, but the final solution is trickier. The red herring takes up a lot of time, but there are some fun characters to make up for it.

One thing I will say that hasn't aged well is the way the narrative and the characters treat one of the dinner guests. She's a happily married, loud, cheerful, friendly lady, but all the narrative and her fellow characters seem to care about is that she's fat. 15 stone (210 pounds), Sloan says, and the narrative has lots
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Cheryl Landmark
Apr 05, 2013 Cheryl Landmark rated it liked it
This is the first mystery I've read by this author and I found it to be quite a good, solid read. I picked it up at our local library's book sale in April and didn't realize it was the sixth installment in the series. But, that didn't affect my enjoyment of it.

Inspector Sloan was a very likeable character--a conscientious, thorough country policeman with a dry sense of humour, especially when it came to dealing with his superior, who was a somewhat grouchy, pedantic character, and his sidekick,
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Damaskcat
May 06, 2015 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this Sloan and Crosby mystery many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it and I enjoyed re-reading it too. A magistrate is killed in a car crash - what appears to be a tragic accident. But when a post mortem reveals poison the police have to investigate. Several people could have a reason to wish the victim dead trying to find out how the poison was administered is going to tax the investigative powers of the police especially as the victim was host to a dinner party hours before he di ...more
Christine Cody
Jun 11, 2016 Christine Cody rated it really liked it
Aird is a wonderful writer, having perfected the British “Golden Age” type of mystery thirty years after its heyday. I have thoroughly enjoyed and relished all of her Sloan mysteries but this one was particularly entertaining. For the first half of the book, we follow the story as it unfolds across two timelines, which unfold in alternating chapters. One involves events and the people key to the village dinner party at the center of the story. The interchanging timeline follows Inspector Sloan a ...more
Nancy Oakes
The sixth installment of Inspector Sloan's adventures finds our hero and his faithful sidekick Crosby investigating the death of one Bill Fent, who died in a car crash. You'd think that would be the purview of the Traffic officers, but in this case, Bill had been found to have had a massive dose of barbituates in his system. Doing some research, Sloan and Crosby figure it could only have been administered at an earlier dinner party -- but there were 11 guests around the table. Which one did it? ...more
Sheryl Tribble
Oct 05, 2014 Sheryl Tribble rated it really liked it
I tend to like cosy mystery series, particularly if I enjoy the continuing characters. In a good series, the primary detective sets the tone; Gervaise Fen, for instance, is over the top and flamboyant, and his mysteries tend that way, too. Detective Inspector Sloan is much more low key -- his boss is the flamboyant one, and Sloan has to work around that -- but he's also caring and mostly competent (once in a while I'll be wondering why he doesn't get something that's all too clear to me).

While t
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Jenn Estepp
So far, this is my least favorite in the series. I just had a terrible time getting into it and didn't find the mystery very compelling and the various characters kind of a blur. And the digitization of the series has some quirks that were far more noticeable - or maybe because I wasn't feeling very invested, so they were more annoying. I'm still game for reading others (at the very least, the other two I bought when they were on sale last month), but I hope they'll be better.
Jason Mack
Dec 12, 2015 Jason Mack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the more literate mystery writers ....

Catherine Aird is very enjoyable. You just have to have faith -- her allusions are sometimes oblique to me but she always gives you more than one hint. A great book to read on kindle where i can highlight and look up a word or a phrase quickly. This time she introduced me to Browning (Robert, not Elizabeth).
Robert Palmer
Jun 11, 2012 Robert Palmer rated it really liked it
I do enjoy a good English mystrey with lots of clues , several suspects and that keen Englash wit. Catherine Aird always delivers all the right stuff with inspector C.D.Sloan and his young sidekick constable Crosby. A good mystrey always gets the little grey cells working, however I can never figure out whodunit ,but give this one a try ,maybe you will.
Cindy
Feb 03, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: catherine-aird
This is the second novel I have read by this author. I like her speed in dialogue and it makes the story more real. I can almost hear them talking.
Babete
Mar 10, 2011 Babete rated it really liked it
( O Crime Serve-se Ao Jantar )
Margaret
Loved it - a classic British "murder after dinner" book:

Twelve people sat down for dinner at Strontfield Park, William Fen's ancestral home. By midnight the host was dead - killed instantly when his motorcar smashed into another on a bad bit of road. The problem for Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan was the autopsy. The victim, it seemed, was about to die in any event. Along with the cold cucumber soup, crown of lamb, raspberry cremets and a fine aged port, someone served the lord of the manor a do
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Cindy
Sep 03, 2007 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: mysteries
I didn't remember reading this one before, so I was really excited to read it again. A man dies in a car crash. The trouble is, he was already dying from poison. Inspector Sloan of the Calleshire CID is on the case. Funny in parts. I had guessed the murderer well before the end, but it was still a good read.
Margaret
Feb 16, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it
a Golden Oldie of the best kind. Aird should be ranked with Christie and Tey and all the really good ones.
Ralph
Dec 21, 2012 Ralph rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A competent mystery from a solid writer. Nothing extravagant about Detective Inspector Sloan, but a thoroughly good county copper making his way through the usual tangle of secrets and lies.
Elizabeth
The post -riposte type of conversation gets to be a little wearing but I like DCI Sloan and his sidekick Crosby.
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Catherine Aird (born 1930) is the pseudonym of author Kinn Hamilton McIntosh. She was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and is the author of more than twenty crime fiction novels and story collections. Her writings are similar to those of Vivien Armstrong, M C Beaton and Pauline Bell.

Aird is creator of the Sloan and Crosby novels, set in the CID department of the fictional Berebury, West Calleshire
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