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Chapter and Hearse and other Mysteries
by Catherine Aird

Category: Fiction / Mystery
256 pages; ISBN: 0312290845

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Chapter and Hearse and other Mysteries
Catherine Aird
St. Martin’s, Feb 2004, $23.95, 256 pp.
ISBN: 0312290845

This twenty-two story collection showcases one of the best classic English mystery writers Catherine Aird, whose skill in providing her audience with a somewhat witty, intelligent who-done-it shines throughout the anthology. The tales include ten great Detective Inspector Sloan stories with the usual help from Constable Crosby and guidance from Superintendent Leeyes (see AMENDMENT OF LIFE for a strong novel starring the unflappable English detective). Also there are three strong stories starring Henry Tyler of the Foreign Office and three sixteenth century Scottish police procedurals investigated by Sheriff Rhuaraidh Macmillan. The remaining six contributions display Ms. Aird’s talent in various subgenres whether it is Foreign Service, historical or a contemporary police procedural. Title aside, CHAPTER AND HEARSE AND OTHER MYSTERIES is a superb anthology that fans of the author will appreciate and send newcomers seeking Ms. Aird’s backlist.

Harriet Klausner

 

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