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I've discovered a new mystery series!
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:45:50 pm »
Ive discovered a mystery series that somehow escaped me over the years: The C. D. Sloan mysteries, by Catherine Aird.  These are the stories of Detective Inspector Sloan, a policeman in rural England. There are now 24 in the series, published between 1966 and 2016.  The publisher regularly runs sales on the volumes in this series, Ive picked up 14 of them for $1.99 each (courtesy of Open Road Medias Early Bird book notifications).  Ive seen these books on the shelves at the bookstore for several decades, but never thought to try one.


 The books would fall somewhere between cozies and police procedurals, and are very witty and literate. They remind me a lot of the works of MC Beaton and Martha Grimes. I am still in the early books, and so far they are all in the 1950s time frame.  Which is fine with me. DI Sloan is not one of these newfangled detectives that has to be an alcoholic, have psychological problems, or talks to ghosts. Hes just an ordinary, albeit smart copper.  He does get saddled with a slightly dim detective sergeant who drives like a crazy person. And Sloane is happily married.


 I am very glad I discovered these, it gives me a nice warm feeling to know that I have almost an entire series of new-to-me books to look forward to.



Edit:  I see the problem with question marks instead of apostrophes in the final posted message is still not resolved.
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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #1 on: May 13, 2018, 08:21:24 pm »
    I've not heard of this author or series, but I'm always looking for new-to-me traditional style mysteries!  Looks like the first one is The Religious Body.  I've put it on a watch list for a Kindle sale (looks like each book is running $6 right now) and will also check my library.  Thanks, Mike.



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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 10:19:46 am »
    I have very fond memories of that series -- nice traditional English mysteries. I know I read as many as I found years ago, some more than once. I've recently picked up a few on $1.99 deals to revisit.
     
    (I seem to be re-constructing an e-version of my old DTB library, books I could no longer comfortably read in what appears to me now to be micro-print on yellowed pages so I offloaded them a while back.)

    Is Sloan the one with the bad back he has to do exercises for when it acts up?

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 07:39:36 am »
    Already read the first one and I'm now on the second. For anyone interested, the second one is at $1.99.

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    Thanks so much, Mike.

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 09:41:09 am »
    The C.D. Sloan Mysteries Volume One: The Religious Body, Henrietta Who? and The Stately Home Murder  $3.99




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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 10:55:24 am »
    The C.D. Sloan Mysteries Volume One: The Religious Body, Henrietta Who? and The Stately Home Murder  $3.99



    Excellent, now residing on my Kindle.  Thanks, Andra.



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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 11:57:36 am »
    The C.D. Sloan Mysteries Volume One: The Religious Body, Henrietta Who? and The Stately Home Murder  $3.99



    Darn, I already bought (and read) the first two.

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #7 on: May 17, 2018, 12:12:57 pm »
    Enablers... :) :)

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #8 on: May 17, 2018, 01:31:27 pm »
    Darn, I already bought (and read) the first two.

    It's still less expensive to buy the box set to get Book 3 than to buy Book 3 individually!

    Enablers... :) :)

    It's true!

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #9 on: May 17, 2018, 05:49:07 pm »
    I bought the 2nd one, then I found the set in one of the emails I get so I returned it and purchased the set instead.
    I have to work out of town next week and I'm excited to have something new to read.

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #10 on: May 17, 2018, 07:10:45 pm »
    It's still less expensive to buy the box set to get Book 3 than to buy Book 3 individually!

    It's true!

    Yes, you're right. So I got it.

    I bought the 2nd one, then I found the set in one of the emails I get so I returned it and purchased the set instead.
    I have to work out of town next week and I'm excited to have something new to read.

    I also got this one.



    Sixteen of Aird's short stories for $2.99.

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #11 on: October 14, 2018, 10:31:55 am »
    I'm pulling this thread back up to thank Mike for finding and recommending this traditional British mystery series.  I purchased the box set of the first 3 back in May and it finally came to the top of my Mountain of Immortality yesterday.  I have already finished the first 2 and started book 3.  I'm sure I will continue to binge read through the rest of the series.

    The remaining books fluctuate wildly in price at Amazon and are not available through my library, but I like them so well I will continue to buy at "regular" prices.  Add me to the others here; I place them at highly recommend!

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #12 on: October 14, 2018, 06:53:42 pm »
    "Mountain of Immortality" :o Perfect! ;D

    I see the first in that series is part of my mountain as well . . . perhaps I'll have to go spelunking . . . . as soon as I finish the two library books I currently have checked out.
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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #13 on: October 14, 2018, 08:12:39 pm »
    "Mountain of Immortality" :o Perfect! ;D

    I see the first in that series is part of my mountain as well . . . perhaps I'll have to go spelunking . . . . as soon as I finish the two library books I currently have checked out.

    Maybe you could lend it to me while you read the two library books?  I see lending is enabled...  :-*

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    « Reply #14 on: October 15, 2018, 04:47:33 am »
    Maybe you could lend it to me while you read the two library books?  I see lending is enabled...  :-*

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #15 on: October 15, 2018, 04:59:18 am »
    As I recall, it doesn't matter.  You can use the one we've been exchanging emails on the last couple days...

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    « Reply #16 on: October 15, 2018, 05:02:06 am »
    As I recall, it doesn't matter.  You can use the one we've been exchanging emails on the last couple days...

    Betsy

    Just sent it. :)
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    « Reply #17 on: October 15, 2018, 05:05:55 am »
    Accepted!  Opened on Calypso the Oasis. Starting to read...
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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #18 on: October 15, 2018, 05:06:55 am »
    Except I just noticed it's Book 7?

    EDIT:  Never mind, operator error.  Forgot I picked up the two cheapies.


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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #19 on: October 15, 2018, 02:57:41 pm »
    Missed this thread originally. Darn, the box set is $13.99 now.
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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #20 on: October 15, 2018, 03:22:14 pm »
    Yep, I had the same reaction, Claw.  But the series is lending enabled...Perhaps someone would do as Ann did for me this and lend you the first in the series.  The second is 1.99 so I picked that up!
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    « Reply #21 on: October 15, 2018, 04:00:52 pm »
    Missed this thread originally. Darn, the box set is $13.99 now.

    Yep, I had the same reaction, Claw.  But the series is lending enabled...Perhaps someone would do as Ann did for me this and lend you the first in the series.  The second is 1.99 so I picked that up!

    He might know someone who would be willing to do that ...

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #22 on: October 15, 2018, 04:19:57 pm »
    He might know someone who would be willing to do that ...

     :D

    Enjoying the first one so far...once I've read that one and the second one which I bought for $1.99 I'll know better if I want to invest in more in the series!  (Or try to bum a copy of #3!)
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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #23 on: October 15, 2018, 07:02:50 pm »
    So I found the first on one of my libraries, put on waitlist, although nobody else is in line. But then I noticed its only 158 pages. Are those novellas? Thats  way too short for a proper mystery.

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    Re: I've discovered a new mystery series!
    « Reply #24 on: October 15, 2018, 07:14:03 pm »
    Yeah, it's much shorter than I typically read.  But if there are 24 of them, I can consider them one really long book.  ;D

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