Another clever British mystery from Catherine Aird. “Harm’s Way” is part of her continuing series starring CID Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan who plies his trade in the English countryside. This case begins with the discovery of a human finger–dropped by a crow. Now DI Sloan must ferret out the clues to discover: where’s the body; who’s the body; and how it came to be missing a finger. With his less-than-helpful aide, Detective Constable Crosby, CD weeds through a cast of missing persons and motives galore only to find the crime is for one of the oldest, and most common, reasons.
Aird writes tight and entertaining mysteries with all the droll humor expected from an English author. I do warn readers, though, that if they aren’t familiar with the ‘Queen’s English’, British mannerisms, and British culture…you may not enjoy “Harm’s Way” and CD as much as I do.