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The Body Politic (The Calleshire Chronicles Book 13) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Catherine Aird is the author of more than twenty crime fiction novels and several collections of short stories, most of which feature Detective Chief Inspector C. D. Sloan. She holds an honorary MA from the University of Kent and was made a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00VUC3I9C
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (2 June 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 5998 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 153,517 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When the re-enactment of the Battle of Lewes results in a real death Sloan and Crosby are presented with one of their most complex cases yet. In addition they have to try and find out who is threatening local MPs. Are the two things connected? I found this book engrossing reading and I didn't work out who the murderer was until almost the same time that Sloan and Crosby did.
This is an excellent portrait of village life and I loved the characters and the trade mark wry and ironic humour. I can thoroughly recommend this excellent series. If you want graphic violence, gritty inner city realism and detectives with complex private lives you want find those here - just an interesting mystery and two all too human detectives trying to bring a murderer to justice.
The procedurals are set in the fictional County of Calleshire, England which very much resembles the County of Kent where Catherine Aird (the pseudonym of novelist Kinn Hamilton McIntosh) lives.
“Why don’t you drop dead?”
Peter Corbishley, Member of Parliament for the East Berebury division of the County of Calleshire is used to handling hecklers, and ignores this one.
He is at Mellamby Chase in Calleshire because the Camulos Society (Camulos was a deity of the Celts that the Romans equated with Mars) was about to re-enact the celebrated clash between King Henry III and Simon de Montfort at the town of Lewes in Sussex in 1264.
While Corbishley is on site, one of his constituents asks for his help: Allen Ottershaw is a mining engineer who had fled the mineral-rich Middle Eastern Kingdom of Lasserta after accidentally hitting a pedestrian and killing him. He was afraid his employer, the giant Anglo-Lassertan Mineral Company, under pressure from the ruling sheikh, was going to send him back to Lasserta, and certain death.
As it turned out, Ottershaw needn't have worried about returning to Lasserta. He died of what appeared to be a heart attack during the re-enactment of the Battle of Lewes.
C.D. Sloan is not called in to investigate the death of Allen Ottershaw until ten days after the re-enactment, and only then because the local mortician found something unusual in the cremated remains of the unfortunate mining engineer.
The author plays fair with her clues, and by the end of "The Body Politic" you should be able to deduce the identity the villain before 'Seedy' Sloan claps him or her into the brig.
These Calleshire Chronicles have been labelled 'cozies' by some reviewers, but I find them a bit too edgy to easily fit into the 'cozy' category. Catherine Aird's humor has many hidden barbs. I'd classify her Inspector Sloan books as police procedurals, with interesting dollops of village life in not-so-cozy postwar England.