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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882110
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born in Shepherd's Bush in London. She was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699, and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy. She wrote her first novel while at university and in 1972 won the Young Writers' Award with THE WAITING GAME.

Afterwards she had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, while writing during the evenings and weekends. The birth of the MORLAND DYNASTY series enabled her to become a full-time writer in 1979. The series was originally intended to comprise twelve volumes, but it has proved so popular that it has now been extended to thirty-four.

In 1993 she won the RNA Novel of the Year Award with EMILY, the third volume of her Kirov Saga, a trilogy set in nineteenth century Russia, and she also writes the internationally acclaimed BILL SLIDER MYSTERIES.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles still lives in London, has a husband and three children, and apart from writing her passions are music (she plays in several amateur orchestras) horses, wine, architecture and the English countryside.

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""A sly wit that leavens this richly detailed mystery is a bonus.""Publishers Weekly

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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of the internationally acclaimed Bill Slider mysteries and the historical Morland Dynasty series. She lives in London, is married with three children and enjoys music, wine, gardening, horses and the English countryside. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hayes on 29 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
On a hot August day Inspector Bill Slider of Shepherds Bush police station, is called to an unexpected death in an attic room in a Victorian terraced house just off the Uxbridge Road. Here he finds the body of a man in his early thirties dead in his bath. At first taken as a suicide Slider is not sure, as they can find nothing to identify the man. The name Robin Williams under which he rented the room proves false.

Convinced this is murder, Slider first has to identify the corpse and that takes him and his team on a merry dance, through, tattoo parlours and Soho Porn studios. As they trace the pattern of his recent life Slider finds nothing that adds up to who this man actually was.

This is a fascinating and intriguing mystery, just who and what was the mysterious Robin Williams.

We meet again with the elegant fastidious Detective Sergeant Atherton, slider's sidekick and friend; and always a delight is Slider's boss Detective Chief Inspector Fred `The Syrup' Porson he of the famous malapropisms. An old-fashioned copper who dislikes meetings, hates politics and is allergic to golf. Bald with shaggy eyebrows no one ever invites him to a brainstorming breakfast meeting. When Slider brings him up to speed on the case he growls. `A case of walking your chickens before they can run, if you ask me'

After a couple of days when all the leads seem to present even more questions, Sliders morning report to Porson brings forth `Well, feelings are in the eye of the beholder' What lines are you pursuing?

Well plotted with a satisfactory conclusion, a Cynthia Harrod-Eagles book featuring Bill Slider is always a joy and this one does not disappoint only when I turn the last page and wonder how long I will have to wait for the next one.
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Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2014
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A young man is found dead in his bath with his throat cut. At first glance it could be suicide but something isn't right and Bill Slider and his team believe it is murder. But they can't identify the body as all of his personal papers have disappeared and he appears to have been using a false name. As they gradually uncover information about the victim and his contacts and associates things seem to be getting more complex rather than clearer.

As people they interview are found dead they fear they may have found a serial killer but there are also indications their first victim may be linked to some rather sinister activities. This is an exciting well written crime novel and I found it an excellent read. There is plenty of humour, some marvellous one liners and some amusing chapter headings.

I like Bill Slider as a character and he has to be one of the most likeable detectives in crime fiction. The series can be read in any order as there is enough background information about the series characters private lives to keep the reader informed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cricketer on 28 Jan. 2013
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One of the best of the series. Nothing else to say but as I have to write something then this should be enough!
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First Sentence: Exsanguination was the word Slider found wandering around his mind.

When is a suicide not a suicide? When it's a murder. When the details are just slightly off. When is a murder particularly hard to solve? When you don't know the identity of the victim. It's even harder when you find a name but realize it's false. For DI Bill Slider and his team, the more they dig, the more murders occur, and the more obscure becomes the motive behind it all.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles has a wonderfully descriptive style. Her writing, and dialogue, is natural, sprinkled with wry humor, and occasional colloquialisms.
She is very British, so occasionally some of her references of phrases might not be understood by Americans. It doesn't matter; look them up and move on. It is well worth it and you learn something along the way.

Her writing can make you stop and consider..."Death was so mysterious, Slider thought, not for the first time. The difference between a human being and a dead body was so profound, it always amazed him that made the difference, the vital spark, could disappear so instantaneously and completely."..."He looked at her. `Animals just follow instinct. It's only humans who perform calculated acts of vileness.'"

It is particularly appealing that, although Bill Slider is the protagonist, it is truly an ensemble case. Everyone has an important role to play. I also appreciate that Harrod-Eagles shows the harsh and plainly unfair reality of one's career being limited by either not having the "right" look or manner. "But scrawny frog-eyed Hollis, with his despairing hair and feather-duster moustache...made Peter Lorre look like a model from a knitwear catalogue. ...
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I thoroughly enjoy the Bill Slider investigations, for the plots, police procedures, and the private lives of the various members of the team - and in this book, we're permitted to see further into the lives of several of the other characters, rather than largely just Atherton and Slider, which augers well for the future.

As always, this is an enthralling plot, although I have to say I found myself frustrated by the length of time it seemed to take the whole team to work out the reason behind the first murder victim's actions (any more would be a spoiler, but you'll know what I mean when you read it).

"Blood Never Dies" is filled with all the things I like about this series: there are well-drawn characters, lots of atmosphere in the descriptions of everything from the pubs, sleazy clubs, and drug-taking to the relaxing, lyrical descriptions of the countryside, and throughout it all is our old friend Bill Slider, striving to solve a growing number of murders, even while hampered by the politically-aware, publicity-seeking, self-serving senior police hierarchy of whom so many in Britain complain today. There are the usual, extremely clever chapter headings, amazing word plays, unobtrusive literary quotes, and constant banter, all of which mean the reader cannot relax their attention without the fear of missing something of note.

It's a long time since I lived in London, and while there are many things in this book which I recognise as little changed, I have to say that her descriptions of the London "scene", the drug-taking and -dealing, and the city's entire sub-culture, where overseas visitors speak the language to a higher standard than the natives, give me a great sympathy for the Sliders of this world - and no desire at all to return there.

Cynthis Harrod-Eagles' powers of observation and description are cutting and utterly believable, and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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