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Body Line (Severn House Mysteries) Hardcover – 3 Nov 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (3 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727869574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727869579
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.6 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The Bill Slider series are amongst the best police novels there are - and I do wish the TV would do a series. This one is as good as usual, with suspense, human warmth, humour and twists & turns.
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I am in the middle of reading this at the moment, the first book I have read by this author. Its a great book, believable characters with realistic lives doing their job. No overwhelmingly dysfuncional characters to take your attention away from the excellent storyline. Likeable supporting cast and some dabs of humour. A refreshing change for a detective book! Couldn't wait to see what else the author had written which is always a good sign.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2014
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This is the thirteenth book in this entertaining and well written police procedural series. DI Bill Slider's latest case seems to be the product of a paid hit man. Dr David Rogers is shot in the back of the head after he answers the door to an early morning caller. The young woman who was with him at the time escapes by climbing over a balcony and taking refuge with a neighbour. When Slider and his team start looking into the victim's life it soon becomes clear that no one really knows what he does - or at least no one who is willing to talk. His ex-wife clearly knows more than she is willing to tell but persuading her to talk seems the biggest stumbling block. The biggest mystery of all is which hospital Dr Rogers worked for and precisely where the money comes from to fund his lavish life style.

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.
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First Sentence: "You look terrible," Slider said as Atherton slid into the car.

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.
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My wife began reading the Cynthia Harrod Eagles Morland Dynasty books a few years ago and always requested one as part of her birthday and Christmas present lists. Through the amazon website I was linked to the Bill Slider stories and bought her one on the off chance. Since then it's been as popular as the other series and this appeared to be no exception - her head hardly emerged from the covers from the moment she picked it up.
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Amother good bill slider from cynthia harrod eagles. Gripping and un-putdownable as always. Can't wait for the next instalment in the series.
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