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Past Imperfect (Sigrid Harald #7)

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A highly respected detective with the New York City Police Department, Harald is the daughter of a NYPD cop who was killed in the line of duty. Now as she looks into the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer, Harald realizes that the case may provide a clue to the secret of her father's death.
Mass Market Paperback, 229 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Crimeline (first published 1991)
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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
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
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
#7 in the NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald series.

NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald series - Sixty-one days before Detective Mick Cluett is due to retire, someone shoots him out in Sheepshead Bay and his murder quickly triggers the death of a young computer clerk who ran the murder gun's serial number through the data banks four years earlier. As the investigation unfolds. Lt. Sigrid Harald is forced to confront the secrets hidden in her own past. What did Cluett know about her father's line-of-duty death thirty yea
Kilian Metcalf
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't like the Sigrid Harald books very much because I'm not a fan of police procedurals. If you like this genre, you'll probably enjoy these books more than I did. So why did I read seven of them and immediately started an eighth when I finished this? Because I love Maron's Deborah Knott cozy mysteries. In the eighth book, the two finally meet. I read the Sigrid Harald books to have a sense of the character so I could enjoy the two characters when they finally meet. Both series are very well ...more
Jacquelynn Fritz
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
#7 in the New York City police department detective lieutenant Sigrid Harald mystery series. 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.
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the best in the Sigrid Harald series. Sigrid finally learns the truth about the relationship between Capt. McKinnon, her late father and her mother, Anne. A good murder plot is woven through the novel.
Lynne Harrison
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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Sigrid investigates the murder of a cop she didn't like or respect, learns startling facts about her father's death and her parents' relationship, and at her grandmother's instigation, goes to a color session with her mother and learns more about how to choose clothes that bring out her beauty.
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This series continues to get better. Only one more left though :o(
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
fills in her background
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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.
One of the best in this excellent series.
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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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