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    Catherine Aird
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    G K Hall & Co (February 1, 1995)
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    214 pages
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A Going Concern A C. D. Sloan Mystery. A C.

A Going Concern A C. The chapter headings comprise. The Burial of the Linnet’.

Catherine Aird is the pseudonym of English novelist Kinn Hamilton McIntosh MBE. She is the author of more than twenty crime fiction novels and several collections of short stories. Her witty, literate, and deftly plotted novels straddle the "cozy" and "police procedural" genres and are somewhat similar in flavour to those of Martha Grimes, Caroline Graham, M C Beaton, Margaret Yorke, and Pauline Bell. She is a recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger award.

A bizarre clause in an elderly woman’s will exposes a dirty secret-and a murder-in this intricate, witty, and thoroughly delightful mystery (Publishers Weekly).

He drove swiftly out to Joe’s home in Larking. The house there, set in its own mellow grounds, was a far cry from the grimy building in Luston where both men worked. t, looking round him, that the Keen family home had that certain something called style. Joe Keen took some pride in being a man of few words. He heard Rosart out and then said: ‘And?’. And,’ said Rosart, ‘we still don’t know how much Harris and Marsh have really got hold o.

A Going Concern book. All of Catherine Aird's books are a pleasure to read. They are intellectually challenging and interesting. The late Octavia Garamond's last wishes were very odd indeed  .

A Going Concern - Catherine Aird. The most enjoyable part was that the chapter headings are a poem - makes me want to go read the poem itself, without the silly book intervening. The Calleshire Chronicles. The most enjoyable part was that the chapter headings are a poem - makes me want to go read the poem itself, without the silly book intervening you know, that sounds familiar. I may have read this before, and completely forgotten it.

ISBN 13: 9781504010566. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

Luckily for me, I just recently found Catherine Aird's mystery with her Inspector Sloan and his rather speed-happy sidekick, Crosby.

Aird's characters are nicely drawn and that in great part redeems the disappointment of a solution suddenly preselected rather than developed, not to speak of a lot of loose ends

Aird's characters are nicely drawn and that in great part redeems the disappointment of a solution suddenly preselected rather than developed, not to speak of a lot of loose ends.

Inspector C.D. Sloan investigates the death of Octavia Garamond, who left behind some very unusual requests and whose past contains a long-kept and potentially dangerous secret, as well as the reason for her death

I buy all these mystery books for my sister and I have no idea if they are good or not. Sometimes she lets me know when they arrive but usually I have no clue. She says I never did have a clue so I guess that's OK.
I found this book very hard to read.

The basic plot is so so, and while short it is readable.

But the constant literary allusions from all the characters get in the way of the flow of the book and make reading it difficult.

It is, in my opinion, very young and totally cutesy.

One might imagine one character in a book filling the conversations with quotes, but it is unrealistic and boring, for every person to do so.
This book is the 14th in Catherine Aird's 'Inspector C. D. Sloan' series, and was originally published in 1993. My husband and I both enjoyed these ingenious British mysteries starring Inspector C.D. Sloan and his clueless side-kick, Detective-Constable Crosby, and I was happy to see them come out on Kindle so I could read them all over again.

The procedurals 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.

"A Going Concern" revolves around the complex will of the deceased Octavia Garamond. If Margery Allingham hadn't already written a mystery called "Police at the Funeral," Catherine Aird could have used the title for this book. Not only does Octavia want police to accompany her to her last resting place, she wants her doctor to examine her very thoroughly beforehand. He might not have done so, since she was an elderly woman with a bad heart. But very soon after her death, her house is broken into and thoroughly ransacked. And her doctor remembers Octavia's last words:

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here."

Were the odd clauses in Octavia's will and her quotation from 'Hamlet' a sign of senile paranoia, or did she really have something to fear?

One of the reasons I love reading this author: almost everyone in her books is delightfully literate (with the exception of Detective-Constable Crosby) and quoting from such disparate sources as 'The Lyke-Wake Dirge,' 'Pilgrim's Progress' or 'Who Killed Cock-Robin."

Dr. Dabbe, the Consultant Pathologist to the Berebury and District Hospital Management Trust is called in when Octavia's physician finds nothing unusual, and he is always good for a page or two of acerbic dialogue, as readers of this series must know.

The author plays fair with her clues, and by the end of "A Going Concern" you should be able to deduce the identity the villain before 'Seedy' Sloan claps him or her into the brig.

These Calleshire Chronicles have been labelled 'cozies' by some reviewers, but I find them a bit too edgy to easily fit into the 'cozy' category. Catherine Aird's humor has many hidden barbs. I'd classify her Inspector Sloan books as police procedurals, with interesting dollops of village life in not-so-cozy postwar England.
I liked this book very much. No stupidities. No violence or suspense. Just clever bit by bit adding up of clues. I love Crosby. This is a strange series. The detective is not much more important than other characters in the story. For some reason or other that pleases me. I like the characters and their stories. Easy reading.
Very captivating introduction to the story, mysterious relative, strange but deliberate instructions about her death. Lovable characters, even the villains seem quirky rather than evil. But the dialoge was maddening! Each coversation interrupted by the speakers extra ruminations...within each phrase given is a jumble of unnecessary words. The shakespeare and cock robin were cute...but conversations were a mess.
I hadn't read Aird before and was in the mood for an easy read, which this was. I'm not sure it's one of her best, since it's 14th in a series about Inspector Sloan, but the plot seemed rather short on clues.
One thing I found annoying was the author's habit of using way too many adverbs, among them several I had to look up, and which often even the Kindle dictionary didn't know. I like new vocabulary as much as anyone, but 'he said, hortatively'? I found this unnecessary and distracting. And there were instances of superfluous information seemingly inserted to show off the author's store of trivia. I can handle asides like this if they show character or enlighten the reader on a plot point, but these were just irritating.
C.D. Sloan is ordered to go to a funeral when the dead woman’s will compels him. Her niece doesn’t know her, yet is convinced it wasn’t a natural death. The woman is then found to have been ill, raising the question of why was she killed. Sloan thinks the murder has something to do with her history as a chemist in the war. She had a lot of strangers showing up looking for her papers making it hard for the police to find out if there was a crime and if so, who did it.
This mystery harkens back to the great mysteries of days gone by.
The tone, the language, the plot, and the characters all seem to be snatched from old favorites and it is lovely to revisit them in this new, witty rendition.