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The Religious Body (1966)

by Catherine Aird

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Series: Sloan and Crosby (1)

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The first Inspector Sloan mystery from Aird although it's not necessary to read the series in order. This is a light mystery, with Sloan having to deal with the unfamiliar religious community when a nun is murdered. His boss is another trial, even more difficult to handle than the inhabitants of the convent. The book was written in 1966 and although it's showing its age in the dated attitudes of the characters, it remains a decent afternoon's entertainment. ( )
  VivienneR | Sep 22, 2017 |
I liked this book. I enjoyed the context--a religious house--and the interactions of sisters and investigators. It was quite well presented. ( )
  TGPistole | Aug 14, 2017 |
This was a pleasant enough mystery. A nun is discovered, murdered, in the basement of her abbey; Inspector Sloan and his colleagues must unravel several related minor puzzles to get back to and solve the core mystery of why she was killed, and therefore, who killed her. The police are irreverent throughout, about everything, and Sloan's immediate supervisor is a hopeless chump. The book doesn't take Catholicism particularly seriously, but then it doesn't take anything seriously; it's light. The story does show a good bit of respect for the Mother Superior's character and wisdom. Based on this book, I'll read others in the series if they are readily available, but won't necessarily seek them out. ( )
  bezoar44 | Dec 18, 2015 |
Interesting mystery taking place in a convent. Made me curious about Catherine Aird's experience of convents and nuns. Nice light cozy mystery. Quick read. ( )
  njcur | Sep 15, 2015 |
Inspector Sloan and Constable Crosby are called in when a nun is found at the bottom of the basement stairs at the Convent of St Anselma. Sloan is very uncomfortable at the Convent and dealing with the other nuns. This was a well written story with a diverse amount of characters.

***I received this book in return for an honest review*** ( )
  druidgirl | Aug 28, 2015 |
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Bailey, RobinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehr, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"What I want to do know is:
One--who is the criminal?
Two--how did he (or she) do it?"

Ernest the Policeman,
in The Toytown Mystery
by S. G. Hulme Beaman.
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Sister Mary St. Gertrude put out a hand and stilled the tiny alarm clock long before it got into its stride.
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"Sister Anne," said the Mother Superior unperturbed, "died on Wednesday evening sometime after supper, probably in the corridor leading from the Great Hall to the kitchens. Her body was put into the broom cupboard and later thrown down the cellar steps. "Who would want to kill a cloistered num? But, astonishingly, someone had. It was as much of a surprise to the sisters of the Convent of St. Anselm as it was to Inspector C. D. Sloan, Criminal Investigation Department. But now it was up to the Inspector to find the motive and the murderer.

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Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan prays he will find a nun's murderer in this crime novel by CWA Diamond Dagger winner Catherine Aird The day begins like any other for Sister Mary St. Gertrude. When her alarm sounds at 5 a.m., Sister Mary begins rousting her convent sisters from their beds, starting with the Reverend Mother. Down the Order she goes with a knock and a warm blessing. But when the young nun reaches Sister Anne's door, there is no answer. She assumes that Sister Anne got up early, and continues on her way. But later, when a fellow nun leaves a bloody thumbprint on the sheet music for a hymn, and Sister Anne is nowhere to be found, it becomes apparent that something is very wrong. Then Sister Anne's body is found at the bottom of a steep set of stairs, her veil askew and her head crushed. Religious Body introduces the sophisticated Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan along with his eager and trustworthy sidekick, Detective Constable Crosby, and the acerbic Superintendent Leeyes in a mystery of holy proportions that will have readers guessing until the last page.… (more)

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