Slight Mourning

The Calleshire Chronicles, Book 6
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: Sloan and Crosby Mysteries, Book 6
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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In this classic parlor mystery from CWA Diamond Dagger winner Catherine Aird, Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan investigates a dinner party that ended in murder

Twelve friends sit down for supper at Strontfield Park, but only 11 survive the evening. After dinner, the host, William Fent, offers to drive one of his guests home, only to die behind the wheel in a violent accident. The autopsy shows that Fent ingested enough barbiturates to kill a horse. 

So begins a fresh tale of murder and deceit for Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan, whose list of suspects begins and ends with the surviving dinner guests. Among them are a theologian at the local university; Dr. and Mrs. Washby, whose wedding was the cause for celebration; Ursula Renville, tall, graceful, and utterly aloof; the fat and extravagant Mr. and Mrs. Marchmont; the spinster Miss Paterson; the rector's daughter, Cynthia Paterson; Quentin Fent, heir to the Fent fortune; and Mr. Fent's wife, the now-widowed Helen. Each of the guests had the opportunity to kill William Fent. But which one wanted him dead?

©2019 Catherine Aird (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Always tongue-in-cheek; and always very fine ...

Another Goddess of the Golden Age of Mystery Writers, Catherine Aird gives us another thoughtful, satisfying mystery to mull on, hiding wry smiles and gentle smirks amongst the interactions of the characters. If I could invite anyone to lunch, Catherine Aird would be one I'd want to share a bottle of wine with and spend the afternoon musing on the foibles of humanity, and the comedy inherent in our attempts to keep our collective boat on course., Not only do I recommend this book, but I recommend all of her books, as well as all of the books of Georgette Heyer, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy Sayers, all Goddesses of the Golden Age of Mystery Writers.

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Lucky find

A very enjoyable book. I am off to buy another after finishing this review. No give aways to the endings of previous books.

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