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by Catherine Aird

"Sister Anne," said the Mother Superior unperturbed, "died on Wednesday evening sometime after supper, probably in the corridor leading from the Great Hall to the kitchens. Her body was put into the broom cupboard and later thrown down the cellar steps. "Who would want to kill a cloistered num? But, astonishingly, someone had. It was as much of a surprise to the sisters of the Convent of St. Anselm as it was to Inspector C. D. Sloan, Criminal Investigation Department. But now it was up to the Inspector to find the motive and the murderer.
Download The Religious Body (C. D. Sloan Mystery) epub
ISBN: 0553139517
ISBN13: 978-0553139518
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Catherine Aird
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam Books (1980)
ePUB size: 1933 kb
FB2 size: 1126 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 803
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I read her a long time ago and purchased several because I enjoyed her. Her books are well-written, good character development, plot twists are believable...I love mysteries with sly humor...great mood/place captivated...a pleasant read. I have recently read a big-name prolific writer and that book does not come close to the quality of this story...this story flows smoothly, carries itself--lets you participate. It happens in an age before cell phones, DNA, computerized finger Facebook! Wonderful dialogue, nice timing...I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
This is a well-plotted mystery with interesting characters. I would like to add, as someone who graduated from a secondary school taught by semi-enclosed nuns a few years before this work was published, that Ms. Aird did a very accurate job with terminology and atmosphere. Every order is different, but this makes a very credible combination of at least two groups I knew well in the early 1960s.
Leeyes, Sloan and Crosby are the intellectual Brit-police mystery equivalent of Shep, Moe and Larry. Ms. Aird's plots are not overly complex but since she tells you only what the police know, as they get to know it, it's intriguing to try to figure out what happened before the book started. The twist at the end of this book is particularly unsuspected, at least by me, and Inspector Sloan's mixture of specialized knowledge and specialized ignorance paints his intelligence in pleasantly unobtrusive shades.
Who would murder a nun? And why? Aird will keep you guessing till the last even though she shows the reader all the clues. And she lets one feel the hovering cloud of suspicion, the distortion of everything normal by the knowing there is a killer about and it is someone you have met, have looked in the eyes, have heard speak just as if they are like you or me .......
A decent enough read, but my complaint is that this author does not drop clues so the reader can have the pleasure of trying to solve the mystery. At the end, a solution is presented, together with some necessary facts. So the book is well enough written to give some pleasure in reading, but not the fun of guessing which I enjoy in mysteries.
A mystery with twists and turns and a lot of humor. The plot development was intriguing, the character development was especially interesting. As a lay woman, I have stayed in a convent helping with retreats. Nuns can be a lot more fun than they appear.
I do love the British mysteries, and Aird writes a dependably good series. This, the first installment, was written decades ago, yet the story remains fresh because the convent life changes only at glacial speed. A well-designed mystery with the team of Sloan and Crosby.
The Religious Body by Aird proved to be a solid little mystery. It clipped along at a good pace and ended tidily. You'll finish with nary a hair out of place.