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Past Tense (Inspector Sloan series Book 23) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Aird
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Janet Wakefield is shocked by a call from the Berebury Nursing Home, informing her that her husband's estranged great-aunt, Josephine Short, has passed away. Janet is sure that her husband Bill was the last of Josephine's close family, so she is taken aback when a handsome young man introduces himself at the funeral as Josephine's grandson. Meanwhile Detectives Sloan and Crosby find themselves assigned two rather puzzling cases. First, there's the young woman's body which has been discovered in the River Alm. And then there's the mysterious break-in at Berebury Nursing Home. To be precise, it's Josephine Short's room at the Nursing Home that's been entered, although nothing seems to be missing. What could the intruder have been after? It becomes apparent to Sloan and Crosby that the two cases are connected ...but who can the killer be?

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'Never less than elegant and mischievously sharp' The Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (10 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AIA7OZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little Aird told me 21 Dec. 2011
By kettlecharlie VINE VOICE
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I do like the Sloan/Crosby books of Catherine Aird. She is very fair very with her readers-- but sneaky. Most of her books start slowly, a nicely disguised hint here, a crime or two there and as the book progresse, the tension and detection grow faster and faster. Quite a feat! I have read most of her books and cross my heart, I have disccovered the criminal before Sloan only once. Besides, discovering the criminal is not the only pleasure-- the writing and characterization are such joy.
Newcomers to Aird-- I suggest you start at the beginning of the list and work your way through. You will not be disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Past Tense 15 Mar. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Janet Wakefield receives a telephone call out of the blue to say a relative of her husband's has died in a local nursing home. Janet is puzzled because she doesn't recall Bill ever mentioning any relatives locally. As her husband is away on business she arranges the funeral and is surprised to meet a young man who claims to be Aunt Josephine's grandson.

Meanwhile Sloan and Crosby are asked to investigate a break in at the home at which Bill's Aunt Josephine was resident. Nothing seems to have been taken but someone has clearly been into the room belonging to the deceased as a vase has been broken. When a young woman is found dead in the river Sloan is left scratching his head as to whether the two cases are connected.

This is a typical Sloan and Crosby cosy crime novel. Well plotted with interesting characters and a nice line in irony and humour. I love Crosby's less than politically correct asides and the way he has of stating the obvious and forcing Sloan to think again about the case he's investigating. Recommended to anyone who enjoys their crime with not too much on the page violence and no bad language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable puzzle 22 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
For those who like Agatha Christie style murders, this will be very enjoyable. No gore, but several crimes which may or may not be linked. I read it avidly in a day to find out who-dun-it. If I wish to nit-pick, the inspector is merely a cypher, with, apart from a mention of a wife, no outside life or personality (perhaps this is covered in other books), and his assistant can be a bit irritating. Still, that didn't spoil my enjoyment. Recommended if you like this sort of book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great as always 27 Jan. 2014
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I love the Sloan and Crosby books of Catherine Aird and this lives up to her reputation. Some humour, no bad language and interesting police procedurals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Past Tense 16 May 2010
By tutukeli - Published on
Well, the wait for Catherine Aird's newest book Past Tense was worth it....she hasn't lost her touch...May she continue for many years...
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