13 March 2021

Review: A LATE PHOENIX, Catherine Aird

  • this edition published by Chivers Press (Large Print) 1993
  • originally published 1970
  • #4 in the Sloan and Crosby series
  • source: my local library
  • ISBN 0-7451-6427-7
  • 196 pages

Synopsis (Fantastic Fiction)

Decades ago, Germans bombed the village at Lamb Lane. But now redevelopment is under way. During the excavation, a workman finds the skeleton of a pregnant girl with a bullet lodged in her spine. The trail is definitely stone cold when C. D. Sloan takes on the case.

My Take

The people who lived in the houses that were bombed on the site claimed not to know whose body it might have been. No-one knows of a young woman who might have been unaccounted for. But Inspector Sloan sees a flicker of recognition in the eyes of one of the men. And someone is taking desperate measures to stop the truth from being uncovered.

Catherine Aird specialises in tangled plots, many red herrings, and this novel is no exception.

By the end, the place is littered with bodies including a death previously thought to be a suicide.

My rating: 4.3

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