﻿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.
Lizzie Hayes December 1999
Oh! By the by, I noted fourteen Porsonism's. Did anyone else count them?