Past Tense

Past Tense Aird s delicious concoctions are never less than elegant and mischievously sharp The Times London DCI Sloan and Constable Crosby are on the case again A young girl has been murdered found dead in the

  • Title: Past Tense
  • Author: Catherine Aird
  • ISBN: 9780749007645
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Aird s delicious concoctions are never less than elegant and mischievously sharp The Times London DCI Sloan and Constable Crosby are on the case again A young girl has been murdered, found dead in the river But what connection does she have to the recently deceased Josephine Short Following the twisting trail of evidence, Sloan works to uncover the trut Aird s delicious concoctions are never less than elegant and mischievously sharp The Times London DCI Sloan and Constable Crosby are on the case again A young girl has been murdered, found dead in the river But what connection does she have to the recently deceased Josephine Short Following the twisting trail of evidence, Sloan works to uncover the truth behind the life of Josephine Short and uncover the murderer behind a young girl s death.

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    About "Catherine Aird"

    1. Catherine Aird

      Catherine Aird born 1930 is the pseudonym of author Kinn Hamilton McIntosh She was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and is the author of than twenty crime fiction novels and story collections Her writings are similar to those of Vivien Armstrong, M C Beaton and Pauline Bell.Aird is creator of the Sloan and Crosby novels, set in the CID department of the fictional Berebury, West Calleshire, England She served as Chairman of the Crime Writers Association from 1990 91 She holds an honorary M A from the University of Kent and received the M.B.E for her services to the Girl Guide Association She lives in England.Apart from writing the successful Chronicles of Calleshire she has also written and edited a series of village histories and is active in village life She is also an editor and contributing author on works regarding other writers and the art of writing.

    970 thoughts on “Past Tense”

    1. Maybe comfortable because solution easy to guess from start in slow investigation. Flavor of eccentric England place and people foreign to me. Focus trickily red-herring, suprisingly sideways, on minor character Jan Wakefield, her adulterous husband, their inability to have children, ending "And one has to move on, hasn't one?" p286. Somehow readable despite (or because of?) predictability, distractions, shallow characters, minimal action.Elderly Miss Josephine Eleanor Short - deaf, blind, wishi [...]


    2. It's been a while since I've read a mystery by Catherine Aird. I first discovered her about twenty years ago. It's hard to believe that she's been writing her Inspector Sloan mysteries for over forty years. Of course now, in Past Tense--the most recent adventure written in 2010--he is a Detective Chief Inspector and the police have cell phones and computers at their beck and call. But the style is the same. Aird writes a very smooth, quick read. The mystery is complex enough to hold the attentio [...]


    3. Why does Ms. Short want to be buried at the location where no one knows her?There is a break in at the nursing home. Ms.Short's room is broken into but why isn't anything missing?There is a body in the river. Whose body is it?Bill Wakefield comes back from Brazil unannounced, why?These questions and the fact that I can't wait make me listened to the conclusion first!But even after I know what is going on and why I still enjoy the book enormously!Ric Jerrom, the narrator, gives a great performanc [...]


    4. In the quiet, English countryside an old lady dies in her bed at the local nursing home. Janet Wakefield receives notification 14her husband Bill, who is stationed in South America by his company, is the next of kin 14which is a surprise because neither of them even knew Josephine Short existed.Sent to make the funeral arrangements, Janet discovers that all the particulars have been laid out by the decedent. The church, the hotel and 1Cbun wrestle 1D, as the reception is described, and the 18no [...]


    5. In the quiet, English countryside an old lady dies in her bed at the local nursing home. Janet Wakefield receives notification—her husband Bill, who is stationed in South America by his company, is the next of kin—which is a surprise because neither of them even knew Josephine Short existed.Sent to make the funeral arrangements, Janet discovers that all the particulars have been laid out by the decedent. The church, the hotel and “bun wrestle”, as the reception is described, and the ‘n [...]


    6. (I finished this two days ago and can't remember the names of most of the characters, so apologies if I get them wrong!) Joyce Wakefield is surprised to learn that her husband's great aunt not only lived in her town, but died there and they are her next of kin, responsible for her funeral. Since her husband is out of the country, it's up to Joyce. The elderly Josephine, she learns, was the pariah of the family for having a baby out of wedlock. At the last minute, her grandson--who also works abr [...]


    7. Janet Wakefield receives a telephone call out of the blue to say a relative of her husband's has died in a local nursing home. Janet is puzzled because she doesn't recall Bill ever mentioning any relatives locally. As her husband is away on business she arranges the funeral and is surprised to meet a young man who claims to be Aunt Josephine's grandson.Meanwhile Sloan and Crosby are asked to investigate a break in at the home at which Bill's Aunt Josephine was resident. Nothing seems to have bee [...]


    8. This is some rather thin soup. The mystery is not very complex. The title is pointless. The personalities are not particularly winning. The detectives are not especially bright.The wit is downright weak. Detective Sloan does the footwork and the brainwork, and his pal Crosby is evidently along only to chip in with slightly inapposite remarks which are clearly intended to raise the comedy quotient in the book but which really have very little effect. Likewise Sloan reports at intervals to his sup [...]


    9. I thought I'd solved the mystery toward the beginning of the story. But that could have been because of my natural suspicion and the help given in the book synopsis. As I read on, I began to doubt myself - there was more than one mystery in this mystery, after all! Overall, the story flowed well, and was an easy read. The characters were easily relatable. I did think there was a loose end or two, namely why string us along about the husband, only to have him fizzle at the end. The ending, howeve [...]


    10. Janet is surprised when her husband's great aunt dies--she and Bill, now in Brazil for his job, hadn't known the old woman was alive and living in the vicinity. She makes all the funeral arrangements, but is surprised when the maiden lady's grandson appears at the services. Meanwhile, there are a series of mysterious break-ins bothering the police. All this becomes unimportant, however, when a body is found. If you have read much Aird, you'll know who the culprit is, but the journey is still a p [...]


    11. An old lady dies in a nursing home. An heir shows up out of nowhere. A body is found in the river. There's a break in at the nursing home and the old lady's jewelry goes missing.There are a lot of seemingly unconnected events that all come together in the end.I'm not a big fan of multiple points of view and this is no exception. I give it two stars because there were a lot of twisty events that were wrapped up nicely. Still, I didn't really care for any of the characters including Detective Chie [...]


    12. Catherine Aird is not that well-known in this country, but follows the classic British mystery tradition of Christie, Sayers, Allingham, and Tey. Most of her novels feature Chief Inspector Christopher Dennis “Seedy” Sloan and his frequent sidekick, the somewhat dense Detective Constable Crosby. They’ve been compared to “a quaint English combination resembling Abbott and Costello with an accent.” Similar authors include Peter Lovesey and Robert Barnard.


    13. I liked the writing style so I wanted to give this four stars, but there were two major drawbacks for me.First, I knew very early in the book "who, how, and why". Second, the husband's VERY bad behavior is never dealt with.I may try some earlier books by this author, because I really did like the style.


    14. An easy entertaining read, just as I remember them being when I read a few back in the 1970's.Strange that I've never seen these characters on TV, they would be ideal for easy viewing as well.Now I've STILL got to finish that heavy book about Napoleon


    15. It was a book that was only 6 hours long. Really enjoyed it. It's been a while since I have listened to a book written by Catherine Aird. Love DCI Christopher Sloan. Perfect who dunit on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


    16. The latest from Catherine Aird. I didn't like this as much as some of the others but it was still enjoyable. A well-written "cozy" with humorous characters and a good plot. I have thought since I started reading these that they would make a great PBS Mystery series.


    17. Sloan, Crosby and Leeyes are old friends, and it was lovely to meet them again after a break in the publishing schedule. 3 stars because I figured several things out early on. But it was still good fun.


    18. It was OK - a fairly bland English detective story, probably one for the fans. An old lady dies, her grandson arrives at the funeral. There is a death of a nurse. There is a robbery. Some of the events are red herrings. It takes a while but the police finally realises whodunit.


    19. Catherine Aird's story is engaging as DCI Sloan methodically investigates the murder of a young girl and tries to determine how it is related to the death of an old woman. His sidekick Crosby, however, is not a very entertaining or likeable person, so that distracts from the story.


    20. Kind of average. Predictable, not much in the way of great or unique characters, mildly entertaining. I'll try one more before I give up on the series as the first one I read was a bit better than this one.





    21. good story - but I did figure out the end about half way through the book. It is a fast read and has some good twists.


    22. This was great! I figured out who did the killing early on but it was all the other charaters who were so interesting and I wanted to kinow what part they played in the killing.


    23. Nicely done British mystery. Disparate elements thrown together and not brought into harmony until the very last.


    24. Really didn't see the end of this one coming! I'm going to have to try out a few of the other ones in the series. pbs.Crosby is Really Annoying!!!!!!


    25. A rather pedestrian British mystery with lots of adverbs and a particularly obnoxious investigator's sidekick.


    26. I have to be honest. I picked this up from the library really not expecting much from it as I chose it through lack of choice rather than really wanting to read it. I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed it. I would put this in the genre of cozy crime. The story starts with Janet Wakefield receiving a telephone call from a nursing home telling her that her husband's great aunt Josephine had died. This is a surprise to Janet because she had no idea her husband had a great aunt. With her [...]



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