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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; First World Publication edition (31 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727883313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727883315
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,642 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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"As usual, a tour de force of character-driven crime writing from genre master Harrod-Eagles" Booklist Starred Review "Harrod-Eagles continues to entertain with this well-plotted, gracefully written procedural series" Publishers Weekly "Levelheaded DI Slider returns in a satisfying balance of bullpen banter, lively characterization and thorough detection" Kirkus Reviews "Believable protagonists, a diverse ensemble cast, and contemporary issues. Her knack for making the supporting characters stand out is particularly notable" Library Journal Starred Review

About the Author

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit on 9 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
As this new novel by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles opens, her protagonist, DI Bill Slider, has his week off cut short when he is called to the scene of a brutal murder. The victim, 66 years old, had had his head bashed in while sitting at his desk, a checkbook opened in front of him. The scene itself seems quite odd, and as the investigation begins, the man himself appears to be a cipher: Very well thought of by all his friends and those who had known him in his professional capacity as a solicitor, most of whom he represented pro bono, in the eleven years since he had moved into his home in Shepherd’s Bush, none of them knew virtually anything of his life before that time. The more they investigate, the more it becomes apparent that he was a very private person. Unravelling the mysteries of his life is quite a challenge, with a wholly unexpected revelation in store.

Reading this seventh entry in this wonderful series, I felt as though I was back visiting with old friends: Slider himself of course as well as DS Jim Atherton, his second-in-command (or “bagman” as seems to be the colloquial British term of reference) and, on the personal side, Slider’s father, who lives in a granny-flat attached to the new house where Slider lives with his wife, Joanna (a Royal London Philharmonic violinist now several months pregnant), their toddler son, George, and Bill’s two children from his first marriage. Of course, also present and accounted for is Slider’s boss, DS Fred Porson, that master of malapropisms, e.g., “[be] thankful for small murphies,’ a reference to their boss who likes to “cast nasturtiums,” and to “the Bavarians at the gate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Slider’s wheels were in dock.

Although D.I. Bill Slider isn’t particularly looking forward to a week off from work, he hadn’t planned on a murder saving him from time in shopping malls. A well-known local philanthropist is dead. The evidence indicates he knew his killer. Coming up with suspects isn’t a problem. Discovering a motive and evidence proves to be much harder.

From the very beginning, you are pulled in by the author’s voice and delightful, very dry, humor…”but Kate [Slider’s daughter] merely rolled her eyes. It was her response to everything. She must have eye-muscles like a boxer’s biceps, Slider thought.”

It’s refreshing to have a DI who is not an angst-ridden. He’s divorced with two older kids, but remarried with a wife, baby, another on the way and a live-in dad. This provides us just enough exposure to, and the normal problems of, his home life. We see Slider’s kinship to Atherton, his second, and to his team.

It is through Porson, Slider’s boss and something of a figure of fun that we see the author's true mastery of language. One has to be truly dexterous to create the amazing malapropos she does and her incredible imagery.

“Hard Going,” at the heart of it all, is a true police procedural, proving you don’t need a lot of violence or profanity to still have a mystery with an edge and an excellent plot twist. Slider and his team follow the clues and shift through the evidence. I, for one, will continue to follow this very good series.

HARD GOING (Pol Proc-DI Bill Slider-England-Contemp) – VG
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia – 16th in series
Severn House, 2014
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgina Wade on 19 Feb. 2014
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I love all Bill Slider books and this one was most enjoyable. I have already forgotten the plot because it is the interaction of the characters and the continuing story of their relationships that I enjoy, but he the plots are usually interesting and twisty. I am already looking forward to the next book. I think this is a brilliant series, Bill Slider is without doubt my favourite fictional detective!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Bill Slider has to be one of the most likeable detectives in crime fiction and I'm only sorry I haven't read any of the series which features him before now. Slider gets on well with his team though less well with his superiors. He enjoys his job and relies on his hunches. The banter between him and his colleagues is amusing without being obscene or full of swear words.

The crime is murder and the victim is a retired solicitor, Lionel Bygod who seems on the face of it a very unlikely victim. He goes out of his way to help people and everyone who knew him liked him. But someone killed him and it is Slider's job to find the criminal and bring them to justice.

I enjoyed this novel and it has prompted me to go back to the beginning of the series and start with the first one. Having read this one completely out of order I can confirm that it can be read as a standalone novel though clearly there is a lot of backstory - especially about Slider's private life - which would be filled in by previous books in the series.

If you like your crime without the addition of bad language, drunkenness and just sheer bad behaviour then try this series. It doesn't avoid thorny issues but it avoids providing gratuitous violence to give an air of reality and it is all the better for this omission in my opinion.

I received a free copy of this book for review.
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