- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (26 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0727869574
- ISBN-13: 978-0727869579
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.6 x 22 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Body Line (Severn House Mysteries) Hardcover – 26 Nov 2010
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About the Author
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 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 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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
As the police start looking into the victim's life more and more layers are uncovered and the case becomes more complex rather than less. This is a compelling read even if you have worked out what was going on before the end as I did. I hadn't worked out the details but I was pretty sure what was behind it all. I still found it a tense read especially the denouement which was very tense. This is a well written novel with plenty of amusing banter between the police characters and some marvellous chapter headings.
This series can be read in any order as there is enough background information about the private lives of the series characters to enable the reader to understand what has taken place before. I love the way the characters interact and while the people involved don't always see eye to eye they so manage to sort out their differences fairly quickly. The books in the series are all well plotted and well written and the dialogue is some of the best in modern detective fiction in my opinion.
Inspector Bill Slider and his team are investigating the murder of David Rogers, shot in his home at point blank range by someone with a silencer. Everything about him indicates he has considerable money, except his bank statement. Yet, the crime doesn't appear to be one of passion or of robbery. With very little evidence, few clues, and no obvious motive, the police are having a difficult time finding the killer. Does the answer lie with one of the many women in Roger's life, with his past or with his shadowy job? The deeper they go into the investigation, the bigger and more complex the case becomes
Reading Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is pure joy. Her love of language is evident on every page as exemplified by her dialogue, wry humor and evocative descriptions..."a well-dressed elderly couple, so tiny and immaculate they could have earned spare cash standing around on wedding cakes." There are hunger-inspiring descriptions of food, from the grab-and-go to a particularly delicious dinner.
Each of the characters is fully-fleshed out and the relationships realistic. It is so refreshing that the protagonists have normal, stable lives and aren't angst-driven or alcoholic, yet there is nothing cloying about the way in which they are presented.
American readers may not be familiar with some of the terms or expressions, yet these are British police who use British vernacular. The meaning of those expressions that may not be known to the American audience can easily be gleaned for their context and add to the veracity of the story.
The plot is developed bit-by-bit from a single murder to something unexpected.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable read .Already anticipating her next publication.Published 8 months ago by Marie Kitchen
A crime series which is different to most in a good way. It is outstanding.Published 10 months ago by R. Westall
Always a superb storyline, completely convincing characters and locations. I have never yet been disappointed with one of these books.Published on 5 Nov. 2013 by Bas Q
Body line is, as always with a Cynthia Harrod Eagles book, afive star read. A tight storyline and excellent dialogue between the characters made it a pleasure to read.Published on 13 Dec. 2012 by Gwyneth