Dead Heading: A Sloan and Crosby Mystery [NOOK Book]

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When Jack Haines reports a break-in at his greenhouse, the motive of the intruder is unclear. Other than the destruction of some expensive orchids, no damage has been done, and nothing seems to be missing. But Detectives Sloan and Crosby sense something sinister, and soon their suspicions are confirmed. Similar reports are multiplying and sabotage is the word on everyone's lips.


The pair is drawn into an equally perplexing case when the mysterious Miss Enid Maude Osgathorp goes...

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Dead Heading: A Sloan and Crosby Mystery

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Overview

When Jack Haines reports a break-in at his greenhouse, the motive of the intruder is unclear. Other than the destruction of some expensive orchids, no damage has been done, and nothing seems to be missing. But Detectives Sloan and Crosby sense something sinister, and soon their suspicions are confirmed. Similar reports are multiplying and sabotage is the word on everyone's lips.


The pair is drawn into an equally perplexing case when the mysterious Miss Enid Maude Osgathorp goes missing. Investigations begin at her deserted abode, Canonry Cottage, where the detectives soon discover that the house has been ransacked. Shattered glass is found in the larder, and traces of blood spatter are found on the floors. Something disturbing has undoubtedly taken place, but Sloan and Crosby can't figure out who did it, or why.


As it becomes clear that the two cases are linked, the two detectives must work to find the missing woman, and how she connects to the greenhouse burglary, before it is too late.


Dead Heading is the 23rd book in Catherine Aird's series following Detective Chief Inspector C.D. Sloan.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Detectives Sloan and Crosby deal with a case of greenhouse sabotage that has ruined a huge cash crop of exotic plants. Soon a missing person complicates the situation further. A solid, yet fresh British procedural (after Past Tense) in a series that has been running since 1966.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-17
The Calleshire constabulary investigates a number of puzzling crimes that simply must be connected.DI Sloan and his intellectually challenged helper, DC Crosby, are called to a plant nursery owned by Jack Haines. Someone has broken through a fence and left two greenhouse doors open, killing a number of valuable plants, many of them orchids. Oddly, another small nursery's orchids have been ruined in the same way, and an expert on orchids has been reported missing. Miss Enid Osgathorp, for years the local physician's receptionist, has failed to return from the most recent of her many trips. A landscape architect who gave Osgathorp a ride to catch her train is also suffering from the plant murders, since many of the victims were special orders for several projects he was working on. Sloan and Crosby find that two different people have broken into the Osgathorp cottage. Despite an all-out hunt, the lady in question remains stubbornly missing. But Sloan does discover that Osgathorp was a blackmailer who used the information she had garnered from her former job to supplement her income nicely. In addition, he finds a link between the greenhouse owners—a man who is stepson to one of them and ex-husband to the other—but he soon turns up dead. Someone is desperate to conceal something, but what? That's the question Sloan must answer to please his irascible superintendent before his annual assessment.All the dry wit of Aird's very British police procedurals (Past Tense, 2011, etc.) is joined this time by an especially tricky mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466837287
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Detective Chief Inspector C.D. Sloan, #23
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 165,002
  • File size: 706 KB

Meet the Author

CATHERINE AIRD is the author of over twenty Sloan and Crosby mysteries. She lives in England.


Catherine Aird is the author of twenty-odd crime novels and story collections, most of which feature Detective Chief Inspector C. D. Sloan. She holds an honorary M. A. from the University of Kent and was made an M.B.E. Her more recent works include Amendment of Life, Past Tense and Losing Ground. She lives in England.
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  • Posted December 29, 2014

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    I must admit that this was my introduction to the Sloan and Cro


    I must admit that this was my introduction to the Sloan and Crosby Mysteries, of which there have been more than twenty. But it won’t be the last I read, as it is completely charming.

    DI Christopher Dennis (“Seedy”) Sloan is head of the small Criminal Investigation Department of “F” Division of the County of Calleshire Police Force at Berebury. Practically on the eve of his appraisal by his boss, known as a “Personal Development Discussion,” he is on “good behavior” when that superior officer, Superintendent Leeyes, assigns him to investigate what may be only a malicious breakin at a local plant nursery where, on a cold night, the doors to two greenhouses were left wide open on a night when an early frost has set in, virtually killing its contents, in one of which were the remains of young and very special [read “expensive”] orchids, threatening the livelihood, or worse, of the nursery’s owner. From this seemingly innocuous beginning, the ensuing plot ultimately involves a break-in at an area cottage by two different persons; “an unloved missing person; the blackmailing of more than one poor soul; the probable suicide of one of them; the odd, naïve behaviour of a maker of bonfires; inexplicable goings-on in the horticultural trade and, cast into the mixture for good measure, the destruction of hundreds of infant orchids.”

    When a second nursery is broken into, Sloane and his underling, D.C. Crosby, investigate, and discover that yet another large number of valuable orchids has been destroyed; it becomes clear that this is something more than a coincidence. As things escalate and the number of suspects rises, the pressure on Sloane mounts as well. Leeyes is a difficult man to please: “on a bad day the superintendent was quite capable of blaming him for not catching Jack the Ripper.”

    With references to Shakespeare, Erasmus and Shaw, and filled with horticultural metaphors, the writing is delightful. The attorneys for one of the suspects are Puckle, Puckle and Nunnery. (I do have to admit that I never knew that the word “turf,” in the plural, could be “turves.”) By the end, all the loose ends are tied up and the mystery is solved to the reader’s complete satisfaction. The novel is recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    Borrow not a buyer be on this one

    Series sadly has become static as do most that get beyond the third book. If you read any book info about your nook book you will see the author publisher are forbidding you from even lending the nook copy to anyone else to read to share a book spreads the work around not archive and delete which i havent figured out how to do or to access the dictionary

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