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Shallow grave : a Bill Slider mystery
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia.
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First Scribner edition.
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New York, NY : Scribner, 1999.

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312 pages ; 23 cm
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In the seventh mystery in this stylish, witty series, Scotland Yard's Inspector Bill Slider investigates a woman's murder in an exclusive West London neighborhood--and her husband's possible involvement.

Author Notes

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born in London in 1948. She attended the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy. She wrote her first novel while in college and won the Young Writers' Award for The Waiting Game in 1972, but did not become a full-time writer until 1979 with the start of the Morland Dynasty series. In 1993, she won the RNA Novel of the Year Award for Emily, the third volume of the Kirov Trilogy. She also writes the Bill Slider Mystery series and under the pen names Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Recent adventures in the Bill Slider series have taken the police inspector deep into London's criminal underbelly, but this time, the dead body turns up in a posh West London suburb; although the milieu seems light-years away from the edgy chaos of the city, the quiet-desperation crowd proves itself capable of their own brand of nasty behavior. The victim is a social-climbing, bed-jumping blonde whose body turns up neatly arranged in a ditch on her husband's construction site at a charming Georgian rectory. Hubby seems the natural suspect, but as Slider and trusted colleague Atherton soon discover, the rectory is alive with dark passions and hidden motives. As Slider and Atherton slog toward a solution, they both struggle with their ever-muddled personal lives, giving Harrod-Eagles the opportunity to do what she does best: build character from the bootstraps up, supplying a context for every crevice on Slider's browbeaten forehead. If the plot here seems a shade predictable, Harrod-Eagles' ability to plumb the pathos from the depths of daily life remains razor sharp. --Bill Ott

Publisher's Weekly Review

The emotional complexity and intelligent dialogue that have marked the six previous Bill Slider mysteries, mostly recently Killing Time, continue in Harrod-Eagles's latest London-based procedural. Detective Inspector Slider and his sophisticated second in command, Atherton, investigate a murder in a West London square. The fully clothed body of a local woman, laid out in a trench dug during repairs on the home of a famous historian, is discovered early one morning by the historian's grown daughter. The victim is the wife of the contractor working on the house, a violently jealous man. Learning that the couple had fought recently in public and that the husband can't account for his whereabouts at the time of death, the police hold him for questioning. Their investigation quickly reveals that the dead woman was promiscuous and highly unpopular. Although the husband confesses, Slider remains unconvinced of his guilt and follows the sad and sordid trail laid by the victim and her many paramours to its sorrowful conclusion. Alert readers will identify the murderer before Harrod-Eagles allows her hero to, but time spent in the company of this literate crew, including Slider's violinist lover, Joanna, is always worthwhile. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When builder Edward Andrews's wife is found dead in the trenches around a famed historian's home, which Andrews is repairing, the suspect is pretty obvious. But Inspector Billy Slider, on his seventh case, isn't so easily persuaded. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.