Lovely little British mystery with lots of local ‘colour’! Catherine Aird’s series of books starring PC C.D. Sloan is a gem. In “Last Respects” Sloan is at first perplexed by an unidentified corpse who was found in water…but had been dead much longer than it appeared. With a full cast of characters drawn from the typical British countryside, it will take all Sloan’s detecting skills, despite the ‘aid’ of his sidekick Crosby, and knowledge of tides, sheep-shearing, and municipal building projects to solve this case.
If you’re not familiar with British English, you may want to read this with access to an OED! But Aird does a great job of capturing English country life and character wrapped in clever little mysteries.