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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KATE'S PROGRESS by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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BLOOD SINISTER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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BLOOD LINES by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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ANNA by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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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 >