Past Imperfect (Sigrid Harald Mystery, #7)
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Past Imperfect (Sigrid Harald Mystery #7)

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Looking into the murder of Mickey Cluett, an incompetent cop disliked by most of his peers, Sigrid Harald, the daughter of a cop killed on duty, discovers that this case might provide a clue to her own father's murder. Reprint.
Mass Market Paperback, 229 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Crimeline (first published 1991)
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BOTTOM LINE: One of the best of the Sigrid Harald stories, and that's saying a lot, as it's one of my all-time favorite cosy police procedural mystery series. Sigrid searches for the murderer of an elderly policeman, and in the process also finds out rather a lot more about her own family's past than she'd bargained for.

Mickey Cluett wasn't a bad cop exactly, just a rather lazy one, carefully doing just enough work to get by as he attempts to make forty years as a policeman. And he might have m...more
Past Imperfect by Margaret Maron was published in 1991, about 10 years after the first Sigrid Harald book, One Coffee With, and is stylistically different from the first book.

Maron uses a shifting viewpoint which is distracting. Sigrid's point of view, taking place in one police precinct and in Sigrid's world, is told in the third person. Vaughn's story, taking place in another precinct, is told in the first person. Perhaps Maron intends to begin a series featuring Vaughn.

Another difference is t...more
This series keeps getting better.
Jacquelynn Fritz
Homicide Detective Sigrid Harald is tryinh to find who killed Detective Mick Cluett right before he was suppose to retire. He tried to talk with her about her father but she didn't listen and now regrets that she didn't hear what he had to say. Interesting police procedural with two points of view. In the end, Sigrid learns about her father's death. Short novel, but good read.
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Lynne Harrison
This novel was more complicated than some of the earlier ones in the series. Two people are murdered, and when the two crimes are seen as related, the investigation is taken over by Internal Affairs. In addition, Sigrid begins to learn what her father was really like.
I like her Deborah Knott series better as I like the people more. This is a very early book of hers though so she may develop this main character more in later ones.
Seemed more dated than others in the series. The slang in the chapters from the point of view of another detective make me think of Dragnet.
This series continues to get better. Only one more left though :o(
One of the best in this excellent series.
Kathy Nealen

She fooled me on this one.
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Born and raised in central North Carolina, Margaret Maron lived in Italy before returning to the USA where she and her husband now live. In addition to a collection of short stories she's also the author of 16 mystery novels. Her works have been translated into seven languages her Bootlegger's Daughter, a Washington Post Bestseller won Edgar Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She is a past pres...more
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