Blood Sinister Paperback – Feb 3 2004
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From Library Journal
This remarkable British police procedural series continues as Detective Inspector Bill Slider investigates the murder of a female journalist famous for criticizing the police. Apparently the woman uncovered one secret too many. Good work from a well-practiced hand.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
*Starred Review* It's hard to know which Harrod-Eagles does best: crafting compelling stories or developing fascinating characters. Her latest Bill Slider mystery wins in both categories. The intrepid, unflappable Slider, along with his motley and always amusing cop-shop crew, must discover who raped and murdered notorious journalist Phoebe Agnew. From her outspoken opposition to abortion to her hippie lifestyle and series of vicious political exposes, Phoebe had always courted controversy. But could she have stirred up enough hatred to provoke murder? Or is her killer the most obvious suspect, politician Josh Prentiss, whose fingerprints were found at the scene and who is reputed to be Phoebe's lover? The plot becomes a gripping guessing game as new clues and suspects pop up on nearly every page. With the support of the metaphor-murdering Detective Superintendent Fred Porson and his colleagues, quip-quick Jim Atherton and smart, sassy Norma Swilley, Slider looks past the obvious clues and finds a vicious killer. Five stars and two thumbs up for another superb procedural from Harrod-Eagles, whose Slider series belongs right up there with the work of John Harvey and Ian Rankin. Emily Melton
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Top Customer Reviews
The series is best read in order, because part of the fun is following Bill's personal life as his somewhat flawed marriage is tested (uncharacteristically for our straight arrow) by a lovely violinist that turns his head. His unattached "playboy" sidekick Atherton has much the same "trouble" and the interplay between these two men makes interesting counterpoint to the thorough police work otherwise on display. Indeed, we have come to know and like many of the precinct's supporting players beside our leading men.
I'm guessing Harrod-Eagles has either real life experience in an orchestra or a close friend in one, because her description of the lives and times of the players, and the politics and "affairs" in the symphony, are right on. (If that's "just" the result of research, I'm astounded!) Maybe best of all, some personal dilemmas for Joanna (our musician) add some real kick to the story, right up to a cliff-hanger ending that can only be resolved in the next book -- hopefully being penned as we speak!
So "Blood" seems to have it all: a mystery and plot that leads us here and there right to the end; compelling developments between Bill and Joanna that make us worry; and story that entertains on almost every page. Sounds like 5-stars to me!!
The plotting of this book was excellent and each time I thought I had the mystery figured out, another twist occurred. I look forward to the next one.