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About the Author
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of the contemporary Bill Slider Mystery series as well as the Morland Dynasty novels. Her passions are music, wine, horses, architecture and the English countryside. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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this entry in the series is as impressively well written as any reader could wish--the plot is first rate; the writing is wonderful (and i love the puns--only people who can't make puns sneer at them); the dialogue is natural; the characters are individual and interesting; the relationships, situations and motives are realistic; there's humor.
as with many series, watching the growth of the main characters is part of the pleasure, so, while this installment can be read by itself, its even better if you have read the previous books.
harrod-eagles is also the author of another good series, an historical that follows one fictional family throught english history from the 15th century into othe 20th (and probably into this one soon). aside from the level of excellence in the writing, it would be hard to identiry the writer of each as the same woman. harrod-eagles has the same sort of facility as the professional singers who can do grand opera one night and creditable jazz the next.
if you like your mysteries tricky, entertaining and perceptive, this book, and the rest of the series, is for you.
In this book Slider is struggling personally with his disintegrating marriage even as he investigates the death of a womanizing traveling salesman, Dick Neal, whose body was discovered in a compromising position in a burning motel cabin. Murder or Suicide? His superior's superior would plump for suicide-- much cheaper and makes their crime solution numbers look better. Slider, though, has his doubts about this; and with the assistance of his boss, Dixon, he continues to investigate the dead man.
Finally the case is connected with prior cases, two definitely murder. But what is the connection between the men involved?
The book contains loads of puns-- Harrod-Eagles has a real talent for slipping them in along with sly literary allusions. The relationship between the various members of the police force is intriguing and fills the space between the detecting nicely.
If adultery by the good guys makes you twitch you might want to avoid this one, but otherwise recommended for police procedural fans and those who enjoy a good pun.
This well-crafted crime novel kept me reading as I tried to work out exactly who was the murderer. I liked the way the police characters interacted and I liked the way Slider’s dilemma was portrayed. Slider himself is a likeable character who does his best in difficult circumstances and it makes a change to read about a detective who doesn’t have a drink problem or anger management issues.
This is an interesting series and I recommend it to anyone who likes their crime novels without too much violence or bad language and with a touch of humour. This is the second volume in the series but they can be read in any order.