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In a small English village rebuilding has begun on a world war 2 bomb site. The skeleton of a young pregnant woman is discovered buried next to the house that survived the bombing. DNA has not yet been discovered so identifying her is done by questioning the villagers, checking records, and through acts of additional violence which reveal the culprit. This mystery written fifty years ago is easily readable and understandable if one accepts the lack of scientific and surveillance technology.
Probably a four and a half. Different tone and ambiance but reminiscent of Agatha Christy or even more like E R Punshon and his Bobby Owen. Well-crafted and tightly woven without gaps or loose ends. Also has a deft touch of authentic detail, having been written by someone who lived in the subject time period. I didn't figure it out, right up to the very end.
I didn't enjoy my first Aird, but decided to try another based on the quality and sources of good reviews I kept coming across. I'm glad I did. This is a satisfying police procedural, with credible, engaging characters and good wartime and postwar background.
The Sloan-Crosby team is fun to watch in action, and the plot is enjoyably complicated.
The style is engaging--I especially like the gentle humor. The main inspector is perceptive and figures out the mystery without the arrogance or showiness of Sherlock Holmes. I have liked all the mysteries I've read in this series, and look forward to reading through the whole list.
C.D. Sloan has to figure out who a victim is at a construction site when bones are dug up. The construction is stopped and the bones are identified as a pregnant woman killed 30 years prior. It is also connected with the death of a doctor a few years later. The characters are well written and plot is compelling.
Didn't particularly switch on to the main characters which was a pity because I enjoyed the repartee between them. Although perhaps the many quotations and 'clever' sayings tended to slow the discussions down and dilute the developing plot. The storyline was relatively straight forward.