Inspector Sloan was not having a good day. There had been a murder - a man very definitely crushed by a huge falling statue inside a locked church tower. The statue was far too massive to have fallen by itself. There was no way it could have been an accident. But when the statue was toppled, it broke into huge chunks of marble which completely blocked the door, so that nobody could get in or out. Yet the victim was alone.
And so we find ourselves with an impossible situation in Catherine Aird's "His Burial Too." It's the subject of this week's review on our Classic Mysteries podcast, and you can listen to the full review here.I have always enjoyed her mysteries. Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan is an excellent investigator, despite the worst efforts of his incompetent assistant, Detective Constable Crosby (known to other members of the force as "the defective constable") and his rather off-the-wall superior, Superintendent Leeyes. This was an early entry in the series - a series which Aird has continued writing. I'm glad that Rue Morgue Press has been reissuing some of her earliest books. They are quite funny, smartly written, with ingenious puzzles and some delightful characters. I mean, impossible crime AND humor - what more could a reader want?