Stiff News by Catherine Aird

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Almstone Manor is a fine old Tudor manor in Calleshire, England, set aside years ago as a rest home for members of a military regiment--the Fearnshires--and their families. Since most are in poor health during their time at Almstone Manor--as Gertrude Powell certainly was--it is no surprise when one of the residents dies. But Gertrude Powell is different--a letter to her son, mailed by her arrangement after her death, claims that someone is out to kill her.

Receiving the letter on the day of her funeral, Gertrude Powell's son brings it to the attention of Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan. First, Sloan must stop the funeral in progress. Then he has to investigate Powell's posthumous claims. Is the letter just the ravings of an ill, somewhat melodramatic woman? Or is something very sinister going on at Almstone Manor, whose residents have known each other for more than fifty years and some of whose very old grudges may run very deep indeed...


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 January 1, 1998 by Macmillan. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Scottish dagger, an Egyptian amulet and the disappearance of new patient Morag McBeath make for further complications, but finally (as Sloan eventually discovers) what holds the key to Almstone’s troubles are a few long-hidden secrets.

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