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2007, 222 pages
Detective Chief Inspector Sloan has to juggle a lot in his life. Besides his varied caseload, his boss needs careful handling and his young Detective Constable Crosby is apt to say remarkable and embarrassing things during investigations. One of Sloane’s cases looks like arson at the run-down Tolmie Park Manor House.
But a pile of bones is discovered in the ashes. Who would want to set this fire – a radical in the local historic preservation group, a firm hoping to put up scads of new housing, someone who wants to buy the place on the cheap – or a murderer? Likeable Sloan carefully manages to keep moving forward despite numerous obstacles and finally discovers the culprit.
Catherine Aird has written more than 20 novels, so if you like this one, you are in luck! If you enjoy reading Christie, Sayers and watching the Midsomer Murders series, give Catherine Aird a try.