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Past Tense

Past Tense

A Sloan and Crosby Mystery

Detective Chief Inspector C.D. Sloan (Volume 22)

Catherine Aird

Minotaur Books

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"Aird's delicious concoctions are never less than elegant and mischievously sharp."
—The Times (London)

DCI Sloan and Constable Crosby are on the case again. A young girl has been murdered, found dead in the river. But what connection does she have to the recently deceased Josephine Short? Following the twisting trail of evidence, Sloan works to uncover the truth behind the life of Josephine Short and uncover the murderer behind a young girl's death.

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PAST TENSE (Chapter One)
‘Certainly, madam,' said the man in the black jacket and striped trousers, pen and notepad at the ready. ‘Now, how many would that be for?'

‘I don't know exactly,' muttered Janet, ‘so I can't tell you.'...

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Praise for Past Tense

"Brilliantly sardonic." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

For more than 40 years now, Aird has been producing literate, cleanly written novels and has successfully resisted embracing the modern concept of more is better in terms of length. There is no bloat here, just the author’s customary quiet wit, economical storytelling and ingenious plotting. And, most comforting of all, Calleshire remains refreshingly untouched by the passing years, with Sloan ever as agreeable and persistent as Crosby is self-important and incompetent." - The Denver Post

"The latest in Aird's long string of slyly humorous mysteries featuring Sloan and Crosby is a classic English police procedural sure to delight her many fans." - Kirkus Review (starred review)

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