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Baker & Taylor
When an old woman dies of apparently natural causes, a letter received by her son leads Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan into a disturbing investigation into possible murder in a regimental retirement home for World War II veterans

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

When an old woman dies of apparently natural causes, a letter received by her son leads Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan into a disturbing investigation into possible murder in a regimental retirement home for World War II veterans.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999, c1998
ISBN: 9780312200237
0312200234
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm

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MDianeRogers
Oct 07, 2011

Well, I keep reading from this series as there always seems to be a family secret or two involved in the mystery, but somehow the investigation always seems somewhat flat. Perhaps it's that D.C. Crosby's fault.

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