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Parting Breath | [Catherine Aird]

Parting Breath

Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan knew there would be trouble when he was called in to the student sit-in at Calleshire University. The dons were nervous, the students excited - a clash of some kind seemed inevitable. But what did happen was totally unexpected. First was a most peculiar theft from a dormitory room and then the discovery of a man found clutching at one of the columns of the Tarsus cloister - bleeding slowly to death and able with his parting breath only to utter one enigmatic phrase.
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Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan knew there would be trouble when he was called in to the student sit-in at Calleshire University. The dons were nervous, the students excited - a clash of some kind seemed inevitable. But what did happen was totally unexpected.

First was a most peculiar theft from a dormitory room and then the discovery of a man found clutching at one of the columns of the Tarsus cloister - bleeding slowly to death and able with his parting breath only to utter one enigmatic phrase? To solve the mystery of the cloister murder, Sloan’s only clues are the dying man’s words. But what significance can ‘Twenty-six minutes’ really have?

©1977 Catherine Aird (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    "Terrible, Just could not listen to it"

    We could not get interested in this book. The readers voice and the story droned on terribly.

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    Linda 08-04-14
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    Would you try another book from Catherine Aird and/or Robin Bailey?

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    What was most disappointing about Catherine Aird’s story?

    This story unfortunately is a long winding path to nowhere. There are too many characters with indistinguishable personalities. Skip this book in the series


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    Brian Kesselman 01-16-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Slow and very British"

    The book starts very slowly. The main event doesn't happen until 1 hour and 20 minutes into a 6 hour book. Also, the language and setting are highly targeted towards a reader/listener familiar with British academia. I found it very difficult to get involved and rather boring. It is probably much more interesting for someone familiar with the setting. I'd get my money back if I thought I could.

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