Thursday, 12 May 2005

Some Sydney Stuff; Good Example or Horrible Warning

Sydney from the air in the early 60's
31 May 2005
An aerial view of Sydney taken in the early '60s. With fly-pasts of Gladesville, the unfinished Opera House, Maroubra, Coogee and Bondi beaches, through to Watsons Bay and the North Shore.

Some Links to info on the Strand Arcade, Sydney, a restored 19th century retail site.

Catherine Aird
Pseudonym of Kinn Hamilton McIntosh. She was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. She is the creator of Inspector Sloan, CID department head in West Calleshire, England
Catherine Aird is the author of more than twenty 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 other works include Amendment of Life (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003) and Little Knell (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001). She lives in England.
His Burial Too
Ms. Aird's version of a "locked-room" mystery is an intriguing one. Her dry wit and intelligent writing make it an excellent example of thie genre. Not only that, but the book in its entirety takes place during the space of one day. It can't get much tighter than that. It all begins when an arm is seen amongst several tons of broken plaster in a locked church bell tower ... But its her characters that make the story so special - the enigmatic Sloane, the bumbling Sergeant Crosby and the colourful Superintendent Leeyes. Ms Aird is a master craftsman of the the cozy mystery formula.
Published Bantam; 1973 Reissue 1986 ISBN: 0553139495. 1st Bantam Printing

A collection of snarky literary criticism, comments, and fiction. Where else can you find Jean Baudrillard and cat snot in the same post? Nowhere, I'd bet.

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