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    November 19, 2012


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    Les Blatt

    Grr. If some visiting psychologist would like to leave a note here explaining why I added an "e" to the end of C. D. Sloan's name all the way through the above post, please feel free to do so. I should take a nap and/or proofread before publishing. Sorry.

    Margot Kinberg

    Les - No need to feel bad; I'd be ashamed to admit the number of mistakes I've made on my blog and not caught. It's good to hear you're well and survived Sandy without too many serious problems. What a horrible experience...

    Now, on to the mystery you review so well. I agree that it's always a pleasure to find a contemporary author who writes traditional mysteries and Aird is a good 'un. I'll confess that I'm less familiar with this one but I do like her characters and you're so right about that bright thread of humour in her stories. Thanks for reminding me...

    Les Blatt

    Thanks for the kind thoughts, Margot. And I really enjoy Aird's humor, particularly on some of Sloan's run-ins with Superintendent Leeyes (where he usually manages to avoid saying the wrong thing by thinking of his future pension). And as for Crosby, known to his colleagues as "the defective constable," well the less said, the better...!!

    Leigh Lundin

    Traditional mysteries were and still remain my first love. Agents may be skeptical but I'm glad they're still being published.

    Les Blatt

    Agreed, Leigh. I'd like to see more publishers make their backlists available as ebooks, too - a new market providing new readers.


    I find myself liking Aird's books more with each one I read. There was quite a lot of humor in The Stately Home Murder, the latest one I've read, but not at the expense of the story.

    Les Blatt

    Bill, that's another good one. I particularly liked Superintendent Leeyes grumbling, "there’s something very old-fashioned about this – butlers and bodies in the library." Ms. Christie, take note! ;-)

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