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Passing Strange by Catherine Aird
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Passing Strange

by Catherine Aird

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Series: Sloan and Crosby (9)

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The central idea of Passing Strange is sound but the narrative went off the rails quite a few times. This is a common problem with Aird's Inspector Sloan books. They all have an intriguing premise but the narrative does not stay on point. I figured out who the culprit was by the middle of the book. It is easy if you read detective fiction and are mindful of the clues gathered. What annoyed me more than anything is that the ending relies on deus ex machina. That is not really 'playing the game' so to speak.
  Porua | Jul 2, 2018 |
Another cozy British mystery from Catherine Aird. "Passing Strange" is a story from her Inspector C.D. Sloane series about the bucolic English countryside and the murders that occur for a host of unusual reasons. This time, Inspector Sloane tackles the murder of the county nurse at a Horticultural Society Flower Show in the village of Almstone. Clues include a possible inheritance, a question of identification, a drunk cup of tea, and flower-arranging wire.

Aird's stories always conjure up images from my sojourn in England--small villages, insular societies, fabulous accents, and all. Those who don't understand British humor or slang may find her stories a bit heavy going, and be sure to bone up on your Bible, French, and Latin since she always includes quotes from at least one, if not all, the previous. ( )
1 vote jjmachshev | Jul 13, 2009 |
Well, each year in the small village of Almstone there is the local Horticultural Society Flower Show, where locals enter their flowers, fruit, veggies etc to be judged all in a friendly competition. This year, however, is different. The fortuneteller, aka Nurse Cooper, is found dead under a tarp at the end of the day when the tents all have to come down. She was a gentle soul, and according to all, would never hurt a fly. So why on earth was she killed? This is the puzzle that Sloan and Crosby will have to solve before they even get to the whodunit.

The ending was a bit more thought out this time and it is a fine mystery with a number of good red herrings. I'd say that people who like British mysteries or police procedurals would enjoy this one. Not a cozy, so don't expect one. ( )
1 vote bcquinnsmom | Aug 19, 2007 |
A case of missing heirs, a harmless district nurse, and a village flower show. ( )
  cmbohn | Oct 26, 2006 |
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Keizer, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehr, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My story being done,
She gave me for my pains a world of sighs:
She swore, in faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing strange;
'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful:
She wish'd she had not heard it...
Othello, The Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare,
Act I, Scene 3.
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"Judges don't make mistakes," said Fred Pearson.
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All the malefactors that Sloan had ever known had shared a delusion that a postponed Day of Judgement was a Day of Judgement that might somehow be persuaded to go away.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553204955, Paperback)

Two terrible injustices occurred at the annual Horticultural Society Flower Show in the village of Almstone: Ken Walls' splendid tomatoes were overlooked in the competition and Nurse Cooper was murdered. Her body lay under a tarpaulin behind the foruneteller's tent, which, along with the rest of the exhibitions, had been pitched on the venerable grounds of the Priory estate. For Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan, it was simply a question of who benefitted from the nurse's demise. But his only clues were the suspicious appearance of an heiress, a reel of green wire, and an empty cup for tea.

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The local midwife is found strangled with florist's wire at the Almstone Flower Show and Horticultural Fair, and D.I.C.P. Sloan realizes that there is a lot at stake.

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