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Little Knell
Aird, Catherine.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001.

Physical Description:
201 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2000.
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X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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A large collection of artifacts is left to the Calleshire museum in the will of a local man once prominent in the British colonial service. But Inspector C. D. Sloan of the local police gets involved when the 3,000-year-old mummy case is found to contain a body that's been dead less than a week.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Aird transports readers to the small British market town of Berebury in Calleshire, domain of Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan, for another lively adventure in an undervalued series. When a wealthy colonel dies and leaves a 3,000-year-old mummy case to the local museum, excitement turns quickly to shock when the case turns out to hold the freshly killed body of a young woman. Inspector Sloan is on the case, assisted--thanks to the illness of his regular partner--by dimwitted, fast-driving Detective Constable Crosby. When a customs official notifies Sloan of the discovery of a major heroin ring in his area, he sets out to establish a link between the drugs and the murder. Supporting characters provide much of the entertainment here; the bumbling Crosby proves endearing, as do, in their disparate ways, semi-thug Wayne Goddard and affected museum curator Marcus Fixby-Smith. For those who like quiet British procedurals, with the emphasis more on wit and sly turns of phrase than on mean streets, Aird's series is sure to please. --Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Drugs, laundered money, extortion and, of course, murder concern the delightful Inspector C.D. Sloan, last seen in 1998's Stiff News, in this intricately plotted police procedural from British veteran Aird. When a 3,000-year-old mummy case is left to a local museum, the last thing anyone would expect to find inside is a body a week-old body, that is. It belongs, as the inspector eventually learns, to a young accountant named Jill Carter. Sloan and his aggressively obtuse sidekick, Constable Crosby, discover that Carter worked in the firm of Pearson, Worrow & Gisby. Nigel Worrow, a partner in the firm, was the last one seen with Carter; another accountant, David Barton, is in a coma from a car accident; and a shiny green, very expensive Bentley is seen parked outside the firm. Inspector Sloan, meanwhile, is preoccupied with a large shipment of heroin that was seized from one Horace Boller, a fisherman with a fishy story. Boller likes to drop by the animal refuge run by the quaint Kirk sisters. The Kirk sisters seem terribly innocent, but there are lots of hiding spots for illicit goods at the refuge, and their animal reserve in Africa could hold cash as well as lions. Prominent Calleshire businessman Howard Air generously supports the reserve, and Sloan has to wonder if there's an ulterior motive behind Air's largesse. Sloan is the kind of down-to-earth detective who makes you glad you aren't a criminal: gently persistent and full of wry observations, no superman but all the more believable because of that. (Apr. 16) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Series detective C. D. Sloan (Stiff News) investigates a bizarre case of murder after a formerly prominent member of the British colonial service wills his collection of artifacts to the local museum. Unfortunately, an ancient mummy case contains the recently dead body. Inspiring and entertaining. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.