Sloan and Crosby by Catherine Aird
Sloan and Crosby (aka the Calleshire Chronicles) is a series of crime fiction/mystery novels by English novelist Catherine Aird. “Sloan” is Detective Inspector Christopher Dennis Sloan (aka “Seedy”). Sloan is married and enjoys growing roses in his spare time. “Crosby” is his hapless sidekick – Detective Constable William Crosby. The series is set in Calleshire, a fictional county based on Kent.

Catherine Aird began the Sloan and Crosby series in 1966 with the novel The Religious Body. The series is currently ongoing, with a new novel added to the series every few years. There are currently over 20 novels in the Calleshire Chronicles series. Below is a list of Catherine Aird’s Sloan and Crosby books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

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Publication Order of Sloan and Crosby Books

The Religious Body(1966)Description / Buy at
Henrietta Who?(1968)Description / Buy at
The Stately Home Murder / The Complete Steel(1969)Description / Buy at
A Late Phoenix(1971)Description / Buy at
His Burial Too(1973)Description / Buy at
Slight Mourning(1975)Description / Buy at
Parting Breath(1977)Description / Buy at
Some Die Eloquent(1979)Description / Buy at
Passing Strange(1980)Description / Buy at
Last Respects(1982)Description / Buy at
Harm's Way(1984)Description / Buy at
A Dead Liberty(1986)Description / Buy at
The Body Politic(1990)Description / Buy at
A Going Concern(1993)Description / Buy at
Injury Time(1995)Description / Buy at
After Effects(1996)Description / Buy at
Stiff News(1999)Description / Buy at
Little Knell(2000)Description / Buy at
Amendment of Life(2002)Description / Buy at
Hole in One(2005)Description / Buy at
Losing Ground(2007)Description / Buy at
Past Tense(2010)Description / Buy at
Dead Heading(2013)Description / Buy at
Learning Curve(2016)Description / Buy at
Inheritance Tracks(2019)Description / Buy at
Constable Country(2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Sloan and Crosby Collections

Note: The novel The Complete Steel was also published under the title of The Stately Home Murder.

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Sloan and Crosby Synopsis: In The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (book 1 in the Calleshire Chronicles), Inspector Sloan must find out who could have thrown a nun named Sister Anne down a set of cellar stairs. The witnesses are over 50 discreet, identical-looking nuns – each with an assumed name and a past secular life.

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