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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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7 Dec 2000 Bill Slider Novels
Journalist Phoebe Cutler had a name for championing the underdog and for attacking the police. Now she's dead and Slider must demonstrate the law's impartiality and find her killer. But Cutler had enemies and more than one secret; and someone definitely doesn't want Slider to find the answer.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; New edition edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751529079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751529074
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,878 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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Given the throng of Detective Inspectors tracking down killers in crime fiction at present, it takes something special for a sleuth to make a mark. Bill Slider, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' wonderfully blunt and witty DI, effortlessly joins the higher echelons of literary coppers in such ingeniously plotted and elegantly wrought thrillers as Death Watch and Killing Time.

And with Blood Sinister, Harrod-Eagles has produced her most adroit and involving outing for Slider yet.

When award-winning hack Phoebe Agnew is found trussed and strangled in her untidy flat, the most striking clue is that the singularly undomesticated Agnew cooked an elaborate meal for someone before her death. Was it her old friend (and possibly lover) Josh Prentiss? But when Slider begins to dig, pressure from the Home Office quickly shows that Prentiss (a government advisor) has powerful friends. The case is riddled with anomalies: Unidentified fingerprints, a missing ligature and several people all too ready to give alibis before they are requested to. Struggling with a plethora of loose ends, Slider finds more difficulties created by the bizarre behaviour of Atherton, a friend and colleague who seems to be heading for a breakdown. All the while, a killer is at large; someone perfectly prepared to murder again to protect themselves.

A good test of a commanding thriller is the speed with which the reader finds his or herself propelled through the pages--and Blood Sinister moves with express-train speed. The strikingly disparate cast of characters encountered by Slider further ensures that this is one of the most distinctive entries in the series, coupled with the usual atmospheric detail: "The dark room had a faint fragrance of past pot-pourri and dusty carpet, underlined with damp and a hint of candlewax. A bit like a church, Atherton thought: Hassocks, cassocks, incense and rot." --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'Slider and his creator are real discoveries.' -- Daily Mail

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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In this, the latest Bill Slider mystery, we have Phoebe Agnew, hack journalist and no friend of the police, bound and strangled in her flat. We also have a prime suspect with powerful friends.
Fair enough. Be prepared, however, for a rollicking jaunt down a number of garden paths. Rollicking? Well, there's the usual complement of outrageous puns and, thanks be, we have the malapropish Supt. Polson back with us. "Let me have a stasis report" and "Our every movement will be scrutinised with a tooth-comb".
The reader should pay special attention to the chapter headings. Two of my favourites: "Three corns on a Fonteyn" and "Many are cold but few are frozen".
What sets this series apart from many of the modern so-called mysteries is the author's gift for characterization. Slider and his crew are ordinary folk with all of our own hopes, fears and feelings of guilt. Slider's concern for the troubled Atherton and his uncertainties about his future with Joanna are beautifully drawn and entirely believable. No super-heroes with giant egos here. No super-vllains, either.
Harrod-Eagles writes with a verisimilitude wich is all to rare these days. Furthermore, she plays fair with her readers. We don't have to put up with convenient last-minute coincidences or late chapter appearances of the suspects. This reader is particularly grateful for the author's use of the single point of view. Too many writers in this genre today find it convenient to get into the heads of several of their characters. So where's the mystery?
In BLOOD SINISTER, we have a proper mystery and a gem of a book .
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Blood Sinister by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Phoebe Agnew, journalist, and champion of the underdog is found strangled in her London flat.
The eight in the Bill Slider series is a complex tale of deception, secrets and hidden relationships. For whom, would Phoebe who in her early fifties, still lives a student bed-sit style life, cook an elaborate meal?. Sounds simple, but unravelling the style and life of Phoebe Agnew it poses quite a question.
Whilst, I guessed half way through the book what had happened, I couldn't quite work out how or why, and the last was the most interesting.
Apart from the murder, devotees of this series will find the relationships of the protagonist and his friends and family of equal interest. Atherton, that elegant hero is undergoing his own crisis, and Slider's relationship with Joanna, which I enjoy, is also about to be sorely tested.
Highly recommended.
Lizzie Hayes December 1999
Oh! By the by, I noted fourteen Porsonism's. Did anyone else count them?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sinister 15 Feb 2014
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Phoebe Agnew – an investigative journalist – is found dead in her flat. During her career she has upset many different groups of people including the police but murder is murder and the culprit must be tracked down before anyone else loses their life.

Battling with loose ends which appear to be dead ends and his sidekick, Jim Atherton, who seems to be heading for a breakdown, Slider has his work cut out. One of his suspects is an advisor to the government and he finds his investigations blocked at every turn when he starts asking awkward questions.

I found this an engrossing read with some very well drawn characters and some interesting motivations. The banter between the police colleagues is amusing and lightens the atmosphere and I love the chapter headings.

This book can be read as a standalone story but it is better read as part of a series so that the development of the police characters can be followed. I am enjoying reading the series because the books are well written, with very little bad language or on the page violence. There are plenty of serious issues involved in all the books and psychological depth to the characters and they are all the better for not being too violent in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detection in Shepherd's Bush 27 Sep 2012
By Noni
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Another book in the Bill Slider series, and once again an excellent story. Each book stands on it's own but even so I think it's better to read them in order, that way you have the underlying story of the detective's life in the right sequence. Anyone who enjoys police procedurals will enjoy this series set in West London.
The author enjoys playing with words, and the chapter headings are always worth reading too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 8th in the Bill Slider Series -- Maybe Best Yet! 29 Dec 2001
By Jerry Bull - Published on
I'm so glad I stumbled across Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, a prolific British writer I'm guessing not well known here in the colonies, despite her portfolio of some 30+ books counting both these mysteries and over two dozen historical romances. I've only tried Bill Slider so far, but he's a wonderfully low-profile hero in the style of Dick Francis' leading men: guys you either want to be like (men) or want to be with (women). That our author can get that feeling so consistently over eight stories is impressive, despite plots that are entertaining and often complex enough to bewilder til right near the end.

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!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sinister 24 Oct 2001
By Karen Bader - Published on
Cynthia Harold Eagles has written another excellent Bill Slider mystery. Detective Inspector Slider must investigate the death of left-wing journalist, Phoebe Agnew, who wasn't exactly a favorite of the police department after one of her stories helped to free an obviously guilty killer on a matter of failed police proceedure. With his side-kick Atherton heading toward some kind of a breakdown, Slider must untangle a web of lies and betrales that lead toward powerful members in Government. On a personal level Slider must also deal with his emotions as his divorce comes final and also with a new twist in his relationship with musician girlfriend, Joanna.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...Editors need to become better acquainted with Slider 21 Oct 2001
By CJ Aviator - Published on
Blood Sinister should have been a feature for this month. Harrod-Eagles provides another chapter in her top-notch series with Slider, Atherton, and Joanna, characters you will care about - rare in the mystery genre. Strongly suggest readers start with the first Bill Slider book to get the most out of this very satisfying series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well-plotted mystery -- I wonder why this author isn't better known in the US? 2 Aug 2009
By M. C. Crammer - Published on
This is the third book I've read in the Bill Slider series -- and what a discovery! These are intelligent, well-written mysteries in the British detective genre. Mostly it's police procedure, as detective Slider investigates and solves a murder. In addition, his private life and that of some of his staff also come into it, but not intrusively, so that it overwhelms the murder mystery.

The book begins with the discovery of the body of a journalist who had been very critical of the London Metropolitan Police. The police aren't that excited about getting involved in the case, for various reasons, not least of which is she's been their enemy. Slider will hear nothing of it, and does his best to find her killer. The obvious choice is an architect with a political career, who is a long-time friend of the deceased. There are also a number of other possibilities, however, and things that suggest that the architect is not the killer, even if he is lying about some things. Part of the mystery was fairly obvious to me, but that was just the beginning, and the real secret truly came as a surprise. It all made sense, however.

One of the things that I like about this series is that you don't have the "detective explains it all" thing going on at the end -- it unfolds naturally, without having to explain things that might not make sense to the reader. The mystery is solved right before the end of the book -- no post-solution scenes to tie up loose ends.

I look forward to reading the next in the series to find out what will happen in Slider's personal life with his musician-girlfriend Joanna.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Strong Entry in this Series 24 May 2003
By S. Schwartz - Published on
Bill Slider keeps getting better and better and his police crew are also growing and maturing. They are half the fun in these stories. This series should be read in order because the development of the characters is so well laid out from one book to the next. In this book Bill is trying to find out who raped and murdered a well-known journalist. Don't forget to read the chapter headings because Ms. Harrod-Eagles is still in fine form with the puns. Even her titles have hidden meanings which you will discover when you find out who committed the crime this time. There are lots of red herrings and lots of interference by principles in the crime to help keep the murderer a secret until you near the end. Very good series! My only complaint is the way this book leaves the reader hanging at the very end regarding Bill's and Joanna's relationship. Now that Bill's divorce is final, things should be going smoothly for him and Joanna, but that unfortunately is not the case. We'll have to read the next one to keep up to date on that relationship.
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