This book is the sixth in Catherine Aird's 'Inspector C. D. Sloan' police procedurals, and was originally published in 1975. My husband and I both enjoyed these ingenious British mysteries starring Inspector C.D. Sloan and his clueless side-kick, Detective-Constable Crosby. In fact, "Slight Mourning" has one of my favorite 'Crosby' scenes, where the hapless constable tries to chase a bee out of a greenhouse while the Inspector is interviewing its owner. After several fruitless passes, "There was a sudden commotion near the door of the greenhouse, and Crosby shot outside into the open air, hotly pursued by an exceedingly irate bee. 'That,' observed Miss Paterson dryly, 'seems to have done the trick. Thank you, Constable.'"
Mrs. Paterson had been a guest at the dinner party where an elderly gentleman received an overdose of barbiturates and later perished in a car crash. There were twelve people around the dinner table, so how was the poison administered to just one diner, and did it kill the right victim?
This book winds on at a leisurely pace, while Sloan works his way through the suspect list. Then the killer strikes again, and a prime suspect disappears. Can the Inspector stop the murderer before another guest at that ill-fated dinner is slaughtered?
I can highly recommend this series.
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services (13 November 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0002317796
- ISBN-13: 978-0002317795
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 227 g
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