Amendment of Life by Catherine Aird
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For decades, Catherine Aird’s crime novels featuring C.D. Sloan have been beloved by fans and lauded by critics for their adroit plotting, playful wit, and literate charm. With Amendment of Life, Aird delivers the lively and engrossing novel that readers have come to rely upon.

Detective Chief Inspector C.D. Sloan of the Calleshire CID is used to the occasional oddity in his relatively quiet part of the English countryside. But lately things have taken a strange turn. First, in the center of a yew maze that is the showpiece of the Tudor-era house, Aumerle Court, a body is spotted by Miss Daphne Pedlinge, the elderly chatelaine of the Court. By the time the groundskeeper actually makes it to the center, he, too, spies the body, and it is indeed dead.

Meanwhile, a few miles away, a slaughtered rabbit is left on the Bishop’s doorstep in nearby Calleford, an omen as portentous as the body in the maze. Now Inspector Sloan, with the somewhat trying personage of Constable Crosby in tow, must uncover what precisely is going on as they launch an investigation with more twists and turns than the maze itself.

About Catherine Aird

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Catherine Aird is the author of some twenty crime novels and story collections, most of which feature Detective Chief Inspect C.D. Sloan. She holds an honorary M.A. from the University of Kent and was made an M.B.E. Her more recent works are Little Knell (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2001) and Stiff News (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 1999). She lives in Sturry, Kent in England.
Published May 10, 2002 by Macmillan. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sloan and his rarely helpful underling Detective Constable Crosby, of Calleshire’s County CID (Little Knell, 2001, etc.) is kicked off when Milly Smithers, caregiver to aged Daphne Pedlinge of Aumerle Court, calls to report a body her mistress has seen in the middle of the Aumerle maze, a feature...

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Sloan, ""head of the tiny Criminal Investigation Department of `F' Division of the County of Calleshire Constabulary,"" looks into the murder of a woman found at the center of a Tudor-period maze.

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The elderly owner of Aumerle Court wheelchair bound Daphne Pedlinge sees the corpse in the center of the estate's Tudor maze from her observation perch in the long gallery section of the manor house.

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