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Orchestrated Death

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery The naked body of a beautiful violinist is found in a derelict flat in White City, and the middle-class, middle-aged and - according to his partner, Atherton - menopausal Slider wrestles with an investigation which takes him to far-flung Birmingham.Praise for the Bill Slider series:'Along with teasing whodunnit puzzles, ORCHESTRATED DEATH offers a touching, modern love story... Series hero Slider and his creator are real discoveries for detection fans demanding quality and heart as well as ingenious plots.' Shaun Usher, Daily Mail 'The British author handles district police procedures with the same easy authority she brings to the busy backstage life of a large symphony orchestra. Her ear is especially attuned, though, to character nuance...' Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review 'Intertwined with the investigation is an unusually well done love story which complements rather than distracts. The characters are diverse and believable... the story is well-paced and the last fifty pages virtually force you to read them.' Roberta Penn, Prime Suspect'Masterful debut... Although Harrod-Eagles unabashedly hints at a clue that might settle everything, no one bit of information answers every question. A sophisticated ending whets readers' interest in the further adventures of these strong players.' Publishers Weekly 'A plethora of suspects, a reserved, mild-mannered hero, and the understatement so typical of the traditional British procedural.' Kirkus Reviews

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Death Watch

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery Burdened with an increasing number of new Home Office directives and a regular rousting by top brass, the last thing Detective Inspector Bill Slider needs on his manor is a fire - not to mention a fire in a sleezy motel with a body.Called to the site of the fire, in which a man registered as John Smith perished, Slider is unconvinced that the death was the result of suicide.Praise for the Bill Slider series:'Unerring characterization, droll copper dialogue and a gritty London setting, Harrod-Eagles mines fresh pleasures from standard procedural resources.' Publishers Weekly'A lively and witty writer.' New York Times Book Review'The mystery is a good one, its investigation is workmanlike, and the writing is assured and even elegant.' Sunday Telegraph

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Necrochip

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Authors:
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery Detective Superintendent Dickson is to be replaced by DS Baverstock, who has no desire to be loved by his subordinates. It is all par for the course for Detective Inspector Bill Slider as he faces a case that takes him through Hammersmith and Notting Hill.This investigation begins as a supposed crime passionelle, but each new kernel of evidence reveals an increasingly complex web of criminal intrigue. Slider is called on when a teenager finds a human finger among the fried potatoes at a London fish-and-chip shop. Body parts continue to surface as events expand to include a sinister tycoon, a prostitutes, rooming house, three mysterious men and five murders...Praise for the Bill Slider series:"Harrod-Eagles and her detective hero form a class act. The style is fast, funny and furious, the plotting crisply devious, and the denouement perversely wayward. And even then, the final line in the novel contains an extra little gasp-inducing twist. Lovely stuff." Irish Times"A witty, intricate puzzle." Publishers Weekly"Being able to write with pacy humour is rare. Constructing good thrillers with realistic characters is also rare. Being able to combine the two, and to do it successfully, is nearly unique." David Tumelty

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Dead End

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Authors:
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery After Sir Stefan Radek, conductor of the Royal London Philharmonic, is fatally shot during a rehearsal, Slider suspects the case will be a 'domestic'. After nabbing the shooter, Slider senses that something about catching the right man is itself wrong. He finds no shortage of suspects - everyone seems glad that Radek is dead. Slider eventually tracks down the most unlikely multiple murderer.Praise for the Bill Slider series:"Her books are witty, entertaining, and ingenious." YORKSHIRE POST"Skilful plotting and vivid characterization make Grave Music a compelling mystery. A generous and confident writer, Grave Music rates a standing ovation." THE DROOD REVIEW OF MYSTERY

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Blood Lines

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Authors:
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery When a music critic dies in strange circumstances, Detective Inspector Slider suspects a number of people. But when suspicion falls close to home, only Slider's troubled instincts can prevent the obvious arrest being made.Praise for the Bill Slider series:"Harrod-Eagles unleashes an effective, dark-edged tale and serves up a truly nasty villain into the bargain... [She] gracefully builds upon her habitually elegant procedural stylings to deliver taut psychological suspense." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"Briskly sketched characters on both sides of the law, tossed together in situations that crackle with gentlemanly tension." KIRKUS REVIEWS"There are plenty of suspects for old Bill Slider and his team, and a whole fishmonger's full of red herrings. Harrod-Eagles is a wonderfully assured, compelling plotter, and her hero is as appealing as ever." YORKSHIRE POST"Each plot twist, including one devious turn that throws suspicion on a former member of Slider's murder squad, hangs on the testimony of complicated characters who are among the author's finest stock. Nobody is exactly what he or she seems: not the victim, not even Slider, who has reason to examine his own conscience." NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"Harrod-Eagles delivers snappy prose and a ripping tour through the British music world." MOSTLY MURDER

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Killing Time

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Authors:
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery Inspector Bill Slider is approached by Jay Paloma, a gay erotic dancer, who has received letters threatening his life. A few days later Paloma's battered body is found in the apartment he shared with barmaid and prostitute Busty Parnell - Slider is teamed with young black female detective Tony Hart. Their investigation delves into the seedy underside of London's nightlife, and will lead them into some curious byways and cul-de-sacs.Praise for the Bill Slider series:"The books work so well because the author manages to infuse them with a warmth and wit that lingers on after the last page is turned." YORKSHIRE POST"This is an excellent, solidly professional police story: well-written, with well-drawn characters and a neatly dovetailed plot." EVENING STANDARD"...the charm oozed by Bill, who is a normal person with personal problems struggling to survive in a cruel world through humour and wit...a unique novel that gives readers a glimpse of an England rarely seen in this sub-genre." HARRIET KLAUSNER"Confident and lucid" SEATTLE TIMES

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Shallow Grave

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Detective Inspector Bill Slider has always been keen on architecture - what Atherton calls his edifice complex - and The Old Rectory is the kind of house he would give anything to own. But the dead body of Jennifer Andrews, found in a hole dug by her builder husband Eddie, rather spoils the view from the terrace. It looks a straightforward enough case but as the investigation proceeds, Slider finds, frustratingly, that nothing makes sense, and that - as in his own marriage - there is far more going on than meets the eye.

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Blood Sinister

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Authors:
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery Journalist Phoebe Cutler had a name for championing the underdog - and for attacking the police whenever the opportunity arose. Now she's dead, and Inspector Bill Slider must demonstrate the impartiality of the law and find her killer. But Cutler had enemies in high and low places, and more than one secret in her past; and there seems to be someone who definitely doesn't want Slider to come up with the answer.Praise for the Bill Slider series:"Sharp, witty and well-plotted." THE TIMES"Harrod-Eagles is a master of the telling phrase or the catchy put-down. Reading her is a joy." IRISH TIMES"The ebullient Detective Inspector Bill Slider is in good form in Cynthia Harrod-Eagles's new mystery. It's a good puzzle, with well-rounded characters and, fans will be happy to hear, plenty of the usual dreadful puns." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH"Phoebe Agnew, hack journalist and no great fan of the police, is found dead. The army of suspects includes a plethora of police and politicians. Just what was Phoebe researching when she died and why were there no notes left in her pigsty of a flat? The writing is often atmospheric, entertaining us with keen character studies." SHOTS ON THE PAGE"BLOOD SINISTER is stuffed with clues into the psychology of characters who think they are being oh-so-clever about guarding their secrets. Even so, the events leadings up to the murder of Phoebe Agnew, a beautiful, wild and untidy left-wing journalist with friends and lovers in London's highest political places, are a true puzzlement right to the end." NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"Her characters are deliciously droll, and she writes with all her customary biting wit and a complexity all too rare in mystery fiction." KIRKUS REVIEWS

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Gone Tomorrow

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Authors:
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

In this ninth outing for the likeable detective, Inspector Bill Slider is called to cope with a disfigured corpse grotesquely left in a children's playground. His enquiries plunge him into the shadow world behind the fashionable facade of Shepherd's Bush, among the victims of the Welfare State and the crime barons who prey on them; a world where no-one is who he says he is, and lying to the police is second nature. Slider's thankless task is to convince the witnesses, against all available evidence, that honesty really is the best policy. And with his lover Joanna away, fate seems suddenly determined to strew his private life with temptations...

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Dear Departed

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Authors:
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery A young woman is stabbed to death while jogging in a west London park. She's the third in six weeks and there's nothing Detective Inspector Bill Slider hates more than a serial killer.And as Slider and his team investigate the death of Chattie Cornfeld, things just get more complicated. There's a startling anomaly between her ritzy lifestyle and her modest income. There are friends who loved her, a sister who hated her, men who thought they knew her and a mysterious package that poses more questions than it answers.Who was the real Chattie? Where was she on the last day of her life? And was it love, hate or avarice that drove the hooded figure to kill her?Praise for the Bill Slider series:"Delightful dialogue and carefully observed details makes Harrod-Eagles's 10th Bill Slider Mystery a winner." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"Witty wordsmith that she is, Harrod-Eagles knows exactly how to get under her detective's all-too-sensitive skin" MARYLIN STASIO, NEW YORK TIMES WEEKLY"A fabulous who-done-it" HARRIET KLAUSNER

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