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by Catherine Aird

eBook The Stately Home Murder (C. D. Sloan Mystery) ePub
Author: Catherine Aird
Language: English
ISBN: 0553139509
ISBN13: 978-0553139501
Publisher: Bantam Books; Later Printing edition (1980)
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 192
Formats: lrf lrf rtf azw
ePub file: 1400 kb
Fb2 file: 1761 kb

The Stately Home Murder. A C. D. Sloan Mystery. Ornum House, attractive as it undoubtedly was, did not really compete in the Stately Home League Tables-it was too far off the beaten tourist track for that. Nevertheless it did have a respectable number of visitors each year.

The Stately Home Murder. For Munro-or Ornum-with love.

The Stately Home Murder (The C. Sloan Mysteries Book 3) and millions of other books . Catherine Aird had a sly, ironic sense of humor that lightens all of her novels, but I found it very pronounced in The Stately Home Murder. It is obvious from the title where the murder takes place

Catherine Aird had a sly, ironic sense of humor that lightens all of her novels, but I found it very pronounced in The Stately Home Murder. It is obvious from the title where the murder takes place. At the time, the house is filled with a bus load of tourists and a house full of eccentric family. Sloan and his irrepressible subordinate find the killer through painstaking police work and logic.

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The Stately Home Murder book. Third in Catherine Aird's series starring Inspector C. Sloan, The Stately Home Murder (aka The True Steel;1969) was the first of her police procedurals that I ever read. Like many of those early mystery discoveries, I brought this one home from my public library. Aird has given us a mystery novel that is firmly rooted in the vintage works of the Golden Age. Though her book is set in the late 1960s, the detective work could have been done by Inspector Alleyn in 30s.

There's been a murder at the Manor! At this stately home, now open for public tours, visitors revel in the lush . The two are introduced in The Religious Body, the first of 18 .

There's been a murder at the Manor! At this stately home, now open for public tours, visitors revel in the lush atmosphere created by its three hundred rooms, its exceptional display of fine china, its chilling dungeon with historic suits of armor on display, evoking the spirits of knights from a forgotten ag. Aird's work is among the very best of the British police procedural genre, particularly noteworthy for the delightful sense of humor woven throughout. The Stately Home Murder was originally published as The Complete Steel.

Year Published: 2013. The Stately Home Murder iscm-3 (Inspector Sloan CID Mystery #3). Year Published: 2006. Year Published: 2004.

As Detective Inspector C. Sloan soon finds, the man in the suit of armor is dead-and there’s a slew of suspects waiting to be interviewed.

Read The Stately Home Murder, by Catherine Aird online on Bookmate – In 1970s England, a broke nobleman and a body in a suit of armor present a puzzling mystery in this witty novel by a Diamond Dag. As Detective Inspector C. Was it the ditzy duchess? The disappointing nephew? One of the servants? The earl himself? It’s up to Sloan and his wisecracking sidekick, Detective Constable Crosby, to find out before the murderer strikes again. Thriller & Crime Police Procedural Cosy Mysteries. Sloan soon finds, the man in the suit of armor is dead-and there’s a slew of suspects waiting to be interviewed

As Detective Inspector C.

Catherine aird series: Inspector Sloan CID Mystery. The Stately Home Murder. From the investigations of Inspector C. Sloan and his enthusiastic, all-too-constant, but not very helpful sidekick Constable Crosby of the Calleshire . to the travails of Henry Tyler of the Foreign Office, from the mysterious Malcolm Venables of the Secret Service to Sheriff Rhuaraidh Macmillan of 16th century Scotland, Catherine Aird's latest collection of literate, delightful.

The chair Sloan had been given was hard and straight-backed. He twisted on it uncomfortably, unsure of what to say next. He shouldn’t have died. The old, old face was inscrutable

If he’d stayed at home, said the Law flatly, he’d have been all right. The deceased, pronounced Dr. Dabbe, was attacked from behind and died very quickly. The chair Sloan had been given was hard and straight-backed. The old, old face was inscrutable. We’ve all got to die, Mr. Sloan-some of us sooner than others. Yes, your Ladyship, he agreed readily, but he was young. Sloan was struck by a sadder thought still.

On Sunday the public paid half a crown to view Omum House's three hundred rooms, its exceptional display of fine china, its authentic Holbein, its dank dungeon complete with suits of armor...and a dead body. With Burke's Peerage tucked under one arm and a dictionary under the other, Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan tiptoes through the halls of the aristocracy. His impeccable powers of observation might reveal who murdered the family archivist, but the family ghost walks through thee same corridors. SO someone else is going to die.
Kigabar
Catherine Aird had a sly, ironic sense of humor that lightens all of her novels, but I found it very pronounced in The Stately Home Murder. It is obvious from the title where the murder takes place. At the time, the house is filled with a bus load of tourists and a house full of eccentric family. Sloan and his irrepressible subordinate find the killer through painstaking police work and logic. Ms. Aird wrote very professionally, and effectively and it is fun to try and catch all the bits of humor she slips into the conversations and the mind of the often put-upon Sloan. If you are looking for a thriller or a fast paced story with violence you will be disappointed, but if you enjoy a well written story with tongue-in-cheek British humor I highly recommend you give C. D. Sloan and Ms. Aird a try.
Rgia
This book is the third in Catherine Aird's 'Inspector C. D. Sloan' police procedurals, and was originally published in 1969. My husband and I both enjoyed these ingenious British mysteries starring Inspector C.D. Sloan and his clueless side-kick, Detective-Constable Crosby, and "The Stately Home Murder" is one of our favorites.

These mysteries 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. The acerbic Dr. Dabbe, Calleshire's pathologist first makes his appearance in book 1, "The Religious Body" and I can't help wondering if this fictional physician was modelled after Aird's own father, a doctor whose practice she assisted in.

In "The Stately Home Murder," the Earl of Ornum upon finding himself short of cash has opened his castle to hordes of curious sightseers, including a bored little boy who sneaks off by himself and lifts the visor on a suit of armor...one of my favorite parts of this book is the discussion on how to insert a corpse into a suit of armor, and equally important, how the police are going to de-suit the corpse without destroying any evidence:

"Dr. Dabbe [the pathologist] was engaged in contemplating the armor rather as an inexperienced diner pauses before he makes his first foray into a lobster."

Naturally, there's a ghost: a judge who hanged the wrong man. The Ornum portrait gallery contains an oil painting of the judge by Hans Holbein, popularly known as "The Black Death." Legend has it that "whenever a member of the family is about to die, the Judge walks abroad.” So when the elderly Lady Alice spotted the Judge as she was going upstairs to get dressed for dinner, she knew someone was going to die.

This is not the clue that Inspector Sloan was hoping for when he interviewed the old lady. Aird has a wonderful ear for dialog, and Sloan vs. Lady Alice is one of my favorites.

I can highly recommend this series.
Tegore
Yes, that is a corset cover on the armor on the cover. This is just another example of the understated and slightly wry humor that pervades Aird's mysteries, which would be sraightforward police procedurals without it. The varying contributions of Leeyes, Sloan and Crosby help to lighten what are actually very tightly plotted stories in which the procedure of the police is followed with close attention and very believable detail
Gela
Ms. Aird is a master at creating interesting, well-rounded characters and interesting plots. The continuing characters surprise us with behavior consistent with previously displayed personalities, but with new little quirks that keep me interested. I wonder from one book to the next what new night class Superintendent Leeyes will have taken, and how that will result in new and hilarious misinterpretations.
Diab
Catherine Aird has been overlooked, which is a shame. She consistently wrote literate, witty and clever mysteries of the sort that gave an English Cozy Murder a good name.

A sprawling country home has converted most of its ground floor into a tourist attraction so the Earl and his Countess can pay the punishing Inland Revenue taxes. Obnoxious Michael Fisher is with his mother in their tour, and he discovers a body in one of the suits of armor. DI Sloan is called in, assisted by his only occasionally perceptive constable Crosby, and it is Sloan who must determine why the librarian has been killed and stuffed into the suit. Aird plays wittily with the separation of the classes (aristocrats and the rest of us), with Sloan's overbearing and clueless superior, and with the motives for murder where the butler may have done it--or maybe it is the ne'er do well nephew, the slightly forlorn daughter, the business manager, the crazy aunts or even the handyman/groundskeeper. There are the references to the classical education of English private schools, the difficulty of maintaining appearances and required noblesse oblige of the aristocracy.

The pleasure of the book is less who-done-it than in the perceptive, dry detective plagued with more than his share of burdens and the light and comfortable tone maintained by a skilled author who is having a really good time with her story. This is a lovely way to spend a cup of tea, a couple of biscuits and a rainy afternoon.
Cordanius
This was my first Catherine Aird book, and i was pleased. It was well-written and nicely plotted. I particularly liked the fact that it was straightforward mystery. No irrelevant filler about the detectives' private lives nor long descriptions of scenery. Despite this, she succeeds in capturing character and landscape. A good light read.
Eayaroler
I like many of Catherine Airs mysteries but this was predictable and very dull. I do have to say that the author used so many words I didn't know that I was grateful for the Kindle so I could look the words up easily. This was a first for me. I can't say that I will remember these esoteric words, but it was an activity that I was grateful for since the story was too dull.
I enjoyed the humor between the detective and sergeant. A good mystery, although not deep like Deborah Crombie or Ruth Rendell. But very enjoyable. I plan to read them all, now that I have discovered this unlikely pair of police officers and their boss.
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