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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Aird Narrator: Robin Bailey Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles Of Calleshire Release Date: January 2000 ISBN: 9781538467282
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There's been a murder at the Manor!

At this stately home, now open for public tours, visitors revel in the lush atmosphere created by its three hundred rooms, its exceptional display of fine china, its chilling dungeon with historic suits of armor on display, evoking the spirits of knights from a forgotten age. Young Michael's sister, a visitor to the mansion with their mum, presses her for an explanation of "what's a chastity belt?" while Michael fools around with one of the suits of armor. He lifts the visor and stares inside, only to find a face staring back at him! A dead human body has been stashed inside the armor after having been done in by a savage blow to the back of the head. Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan and his wisecracking sidekick Crosby are called in to figure out whodunit and why.

Mystery fans will relish this delightful entry in Catherine Aird's highly esteemed classic series starring Sloan, of the Berebury Criminal Investigations Dept. in Calleshire, England, and his amiable but not very able assistant, Crosby. The two are introduced in The Religious Body, the first of 18 C.D. Sloan mysteries. Aird's work is among the very best of the British police procedural genre, particularly noteworthy for the delightful sense of humor woven throughout.

The Stately Home Murder was originally published as The Complete Steel.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A mystery as solid as any Inspector Sloan has ever encountered. A well-plotted resolution and a solid tale.”

    Chicago Sun-Times, praise for A Going Concern

  • “Written with Catherine Aird’s characteristic brisk wit...the knotty plot is sufficiently tangled that it’s a pleasure watching Sloan unravel it.”

    Orlando Sentinel, praise for Stiff News

  • “Aird’s delicious concoctions are never less than elegant and mischievously sharp.”

    The Times (London)

  • “Both writer and reader are having fun with this one.”

    AudioFile

  • “Trust Aird to add to her own special twists and lots of biting wit to murder...the settings are classic, the characters delightfully quirky, and the words of wisdom many.”

    Boston Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie (jjmachshev) | 12/7/2013

    " Great cozy British mystery...quick read too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 11/22/2013

    " A British mystery that takes place at the estate of an earl. This is a decent short mystery, good for a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/1/2013

    " Pretty good "cozy" type mystery but so many characters that I got utterly confused. Also, a map of the vast stately home might have been nice -- I was as lost as the policemen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/10/2012

    " My all-time favorite Catherine Aird book - and that's saying something!! It's disappointing these books are so hard to find in the US!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Psirene | 1/3/2012

    " I think I liked the cover more than I liked the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/28/2011

    " We listened to this at the trailer. I have a couple of novels by this author that I picked up at a sale last year. I think I need to dig them out. I like her style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev Hankins | 2/24/2011

    " First Aird book I read. I now own it...that is the true sign of a good book for me--if I read it from the library (or wherever) and then just have to buy it when I have the opportunity." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Psirene | 9/2/2010

    " I think I liked the cover more than I liked the book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 12/25/2009

    " A British mystery that takes place at the estate of an earl. This is a decent short mystery, good for a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbra | 5/12/2008

    " Third in the Inspector Sloan series.

    Back Cover Blurb:
    Inspector Sloan tiptoes through the halls of Ornum House hoping his impecable powers of observation might reveal who murdered the family archivist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie (jjmachshev) | 3/26/2008

    " Great cozy British mystery...quick read too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/21/2007

    " My all-time favorite Catherine Aird book - and that's saying something!! It's disappointing these books are so hard to find in the US!!! "

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About the Author
Author Catherine Aird

Catherine Aird is the author of more than twenty crime fiction novels and several collections of short stories, most of which feature Detective Chief Inspector C. D. Sloan. She holds an honorary MA from the University of Kent and was made an MBE.

About the Narrator

Robin Bailey (1919–1999) was an English actor, perhaps most fondly remembered for his portrayal of Uncle Mort in I Didn’t Know You Cared. Bailey recorded hundreds of audiobooks to critical acclaim.