Good plots and graceful writing count for a lot in the traditional English police procedural, but so do those idiosyncratic touches that keep us coming back to Cynthia Harrod-Eagles's series. Harrod-Eagles has a discerning eye and sympathetic ear for the petty thieves, dope dealers and other bad apples who collectively foul the social barrel but don't deserve killing.
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
Detective Inspector Bill Slider's ninth outing takes him through London's most posh and pathetic neighbourhoods. The antics of this fascinating supporting cast add humour and spice to another winner in a consistently superb 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.
Harrod-Eagles is a master of the telling phrase or the catchy put-down. Reading her is a joy.
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
Harrod-Eagles delivers snappy prose and a ripping tour through the British music world.
Her characters are deliciously droll, and she writes with all her customary biting wit and a complexity all too rare in mystery fiction.
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
Sharp, witty and well-plotted.
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
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.
The author writes complex puzzles that are lightened with pungent wit, setting the scenes and bringing her characters to life with vivid descriptions.
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.
This is an excellent, solidly professional police story: well-written, with well-drawn characters and a neatly dovetailed plot.
Confident and lucid
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.