Books by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born in Shepherd’s Bush in London. She was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699, and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosoph

HEADLONG  by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 1, 2019

"An accomplished, unspectacular procedural from a veteran who juggles the new case and the ongoing developments in the lives of her regular cast with aplomb. The only flaw is that the most interesting and appealing character is the victim."
DCI Bill Slider has to fight his boss and, even more doggedly, his boss's boss to close his 19th case. Read full book review >
SHADOW PLAY by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Sex, drugs, blackmail, real estate. The results are never less than proficient, never more than routine."
The death of somebody's right-hand man is the latest challenge for DCI Bill Slider and his mates at Shepherd's Bush police station. Read full book review >
OLD BONES by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Slow to get started—the opening chapters seem driven by a determination to indicate what every single member of the Shepherd's Bush constabulary is up to—but steadily increasing in momentum until the placidly ugly payoff: one of the author's best."
Still smarting from the anonymous news leak that pitted him against his superiors (One Under, 2015), DCI Bill Slider lands a case so ancient that it "won't put anyone's toes out of joint." Well, yes and no. Read full book review >
ONE UNDER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"No prizes for the dogged detective work by Slider and his colleagues (Star Fall, 2015, etc.), who mostly examine phone records and keep interviewing the same forbidden subjects. But if you're looking for moral outrage in the face of unabashed evil, Shepherd's Bush is your kind of place."
Digging into an architect's suicide reveals all manner of felonious perversion in London. Read full book review >
STAR FALL by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though the answers aren't nearly as interesting as the questions themselves, Harrod-Eagles (Hard Going, 2014, etc.) is never less than expert in presenting suspects, combing through the evidence, varying the tone and showing new ways that Egerton was even more of a bounder than you suspected."
DI Bill Slider asks why the thief who killed West London television personality Rowland Egerton in his home ignored his wallet and most of his treasures and made off with exactly two items. Read full book review >
HARD GOING by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Levelheaded DI Slider returns in a satisfying balance of bullpen banter, lively characterization and thorough detection. Although Harrod-Eagles (Kate's Progress, 2013, etc.) tips her hand earlier than she might have, a poignant ending more than makes up for this minor lapse."
London detectives search for the murderer of a neighborhood philanthropist. Read full book review >
KATE'S PROGRESS by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"There's never much doubt where all this is heading. But romancer Harrod-Eagles, who also writes Inspector Bill Slider's whodunits (Blood Never Dies, 2013, etc.), updates Jane Austen so gently and firmly that fans will lap it up."
An unexpected legacy rescues a London PR executive from her dreary round of romantic mishaps and sends her off to Exmoor, where mold, mildew and true love await. Read full book review >
BLOOD NEVER DIES by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Between his love Joanna's grouchiness, his superior's lack of patience, and the case's seamier byways and drug-addled persons of interest, it's not the easiest of times for Slider (Kill My Darling, 2012, etc.), but most readers will want to spend even these dour moments with him."
How many murders gussied up to look like suicides can a killer get away with before DI Bill Slider catches on? Read full book review >
KILL MY DARLING by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: March 1, 2012

"If you're unlucky enough to be murdered, pray that DI Slider (Body Line, 2011, etc.) is handed your case. And if he ever comes on the marriage market again, get in line for a chance at him."
If everyone so loved Melanie, how come she's lying dead in the park? Read full book review >
BODY LINE by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: April 1, 2011

"Nobody cozies up to domesticity better than Harrod-Eagles (Fell Purpose, 2010, etc.). Only a die-hard misanthrope would disdain a chance to spend time with Slider and his wife and son."
Who killed the ladykiller? Read full book review >
FELL PURPOSE by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Though new father Slider (Game Over, 2008, etc.) has worked on more subtle, interesting cases than this so-so exercise, it's charming to see him so daffy about his young son."
Daddy's perfectly behaved little darling gets strangled. Read full book review >
GAME OVER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: June 1, 2008

"This middling Harrod-Eagles novel (Dear Departed, 2004, etc.) features a major clue far too wispy to be overlooked so long. But romantics will be pleased that Atherton's philandering is over and that Slider and his Joanna wed just in time to save their baby from illegitimacy."
Detective Inspector Bill Slider, now an expectant father, matches wits with an escaped prisoner. Read full book review >
GONE TOMORROW by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Dec. 2, 2002

"And Harrod-Eagles (Blood Sinister, 2001, etc.) has provided a real poser for puzzle-hounds, though inexplicably tempering her wit with egregious puns."
The deceased was propped up in Hammermith Park with cash in its pocket, an expensive leather jacket on its back, a gold signet ring on the middle finger of its right hand, and a stab wound straight to its heart, but no identification. Read full book review >
BLOOD SINISTER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Oct. 8, 2001

"A comedown from Shallow Grave (1999), but if the puzzle is atypically unpuzzling for Harrod-Eagles—almost transparent, really—her characters are deliciously droll, and she writes with all her customary biting wit and a complexity all too rare in mystery fiction."
Who did journalist Phoebe Agnew invite over for one of her rare home-cooked meals, a repast that wound up with her splayed across the bed, naked from the waist down, with her neck broken? Read full book review >
SHALLOW GRAVE by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"But the puzzle and the people are intriguing, and the denouement compelling, making another winner for this outstanding writer."
Seventh in the chronicle of Inspector Bill Slider's triumphs and failures in London's Shepherd's Bush precinct (Killing Time, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
KILLING TIME by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A neatly solved puzzle, the latest installment in the saga of Slider's domestic woes, and some of the best cop talk on either side of the Atlantic."
Somebody's threatening to kill him, exotic dancer Jay Paloma tells Inspector Bill Slider (Blood Lines, 1996, etc.); somebody's been phoning him and hanging up, and, besides that, writing him blustering letters. Read full book review >
BLOOD LINES by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Dec. 3, 1996

"Briskly sketched characters on both sides of the law, tossed together in situations that crackle with gentlemanly tension- -though you may well wish the killer had had a more substantial tie to eminently killable Greatrex."
His cool almost-ex Irene is as remote as ever; his violinist lover Joanna is off playing opera accompaniments; but Inspector Bill Slider still feels a bit as if it's old home week, because Sergeant Steve Mills, his old subordinate from Charing Cross, has just come aboard his latest case—the murder or music critic Roger Greatrex, whose throat was cut moments before he was to participate in a BBC panel. Read full book review >
I, VICTORIA by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Bombay gin."
The prolific British author of historical romances (Fleur, 1993, etc.) and the Bill Slider mysteries gathers here an attractive nosegay tribute to the legendary marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert—though the author's queen is no violet of sentiment (or risible caricature) but ardent, shrewd, and tough. Read full book review >
GRAVE MUSIC by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: May 12, 1995

"The big mystery, though, is whether Slider and Joanna will ever resolve the longest-running romance (four episodes and counting) since the Taster's Choice couple."
There's no joy in Shepherd's Bush for Inspector Bill Slider. Read full book review >
DEATH TO GO by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Sedate, intricate, and satisfyingly textured, though the last plot twist is one too many."
His violinist-lover Joanna keeps pressing Shepherd's Bush Inspector Bill Slider (Death Watch, 1993, etc.) to leave his wife for her, but something keeps turning up. Read full book review >
DEATH WATCH by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 3, 1993

"Solid British procedural, and the romantic convolutions of Slider and Joanna bring to mind Frances Fyfield's Helen West and Geoffrey Bailey. (The latest entry in Harrod-Eagles's historical saga—Fleur—appeared on p. 1396.)"
A second case for CID man Bill Slider (Orchestrated Death) and sidekick Atherton finds them surveying the burned-out remains of a room at the Master Baker Motor Lodge, rented by ``John Smith,'' now deceased, half-charred, and with ligature marks around his neck and some painfully kinky-looking wire-trussing about his genitals. Read full book review >
FLEUR by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"Skillful in its re-creation of historical events and foreign milieus, but an only moderately satisfying romance that lacks real emotional suspense and drama."
The second installment in a trilogy (after Anna, 1991) featuring the grown descendants of Count Nikolai Sergeyevitch Kirov as they move into the middle of the 19th century. Read full book review >
ORCHESTRATED DEATH by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Still: an acceptable addition to the cozy British genre."
A plethora of suspects, a reserved, mild-mannered hero, and the understatement so typical of the traditional British procedural mark the mystery debut of longtime English novelist Harrod-Eagles (Anna, p. 954), who, here, animates her routine plotting with the love-life of her unhappily married, middle-aged Detective Inspector Bill Slider, now trying to identify the naked young woman's body found in an abandoned London flat. Read full book review >
ANNA by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Sept. 17, 1991

"To Be Continued'' quality, making for less than truly satisfying fiction."
In a first US publication, veteran British writer Harrod- Eagles (20 previous novels) brings her not-inconsiderable skills to a grand-scale, if curiously lackluster, romance set against the complex political backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Read full book review >