Search Results: "Cynthia Harrod-Eagles"


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SHALLOW GRAVE by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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ORCHESTRATED DEATH by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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OLD BONES by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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BODY LINE by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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I, VICTORIA by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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DEATH TO GO by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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ONE UNDER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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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 >

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GAME OVER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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GRAVE MUSIC by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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DEATH WATCH by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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FLEUR by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >