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An outstanding series’ NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

A Bill Slider Mystery

It looks as though Inspector Bill Slider has a serial killer on his hands: ‘the Park Killer’, as the media so innovatively label him, attacks his victims in London’s public parks, and when Chattie Cornfield is murdered while out jogging, the pattern fits.

But as Slider and Atherton investigate, it is Chattie’s life rather than the killer’s that poses questions. 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:

‘Slider and his creator are real discoveries’
Daily Mail

‘Sharp, witty and well-plotted’
Times

‘Harrod-Eagles and her detective hero form a class act. The style is fast, funny and furious – the plotting crisply devious’
Irish Times
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 1st September 2011

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780748133277

Reviews

Confident and lucid
Seattle Times
This is an excellent, solidly professional police story: well-written, with well-drawn characters and a neatly dovetailed plot.
Evening Standard
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
A fabulous who-done-it
HARRIET KLAUSNER
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
New York Times Book Review
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
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
Witty wordsmith that she is, Harrod-Eagles knows exactly how to get under her detective's all-too-sensitive skin
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
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
Harrod-Eagles delivers snappy prose and a ripping tour through the British music world.
Mostly Murder
Delightful dialogue and carefully observed details makes Harrod-Eagles's 10th Bill Slider Mystery a winner.
Publishers Weekly