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Star fall
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia, author.
Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
Physical Description:
250 pages ; 23 cm.
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FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
FICTION Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Who would kill a charming antiques expert Rowland Egerton, the darling of daytime TV? Bill Slider and his team are on the case . . .

'It's quiet out there,' says DS Atherton, at Bill Slider's office window. 'Too quiet.' Right on cue, the phone rings. 'Now look what you've done,' says Slider. It's a homicide. The post-Christmas lull is officially over.

The deceased is antiques expert Rowland Egerton, the darling of daytime TV, stabbed to death in his luxurious West London home. The press are going to be all over this one like a nasty rash: the pressure's on Slider for a result, and soon.

Egerton's partner, the bulky, granite-faced John Lavender, found the body; did he also do the deed? Or was it a burglary gone wrong? A missing Faberg#65533; box and Impressionist painting point that way. But as Slider and his team investigate, none of the facts seem to fit. And it soon becomes clear that the much-loved, charming Mr Egerton wasn't as universally loved, or perhaps as charming, as Slider was first led to believe . . .

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

*Starred Review* DI Bill Slider's latest case is a doozy. TV star Rowland Egerton, whose popular antiques show has garnered him legions of adoring fans, is found stabbed in the neck in his luxurious London home. At first, Egerton's longtime business partner is the top suspect, but when he's proved innocent, Slider and his team are left with few leads. Slider's boss is pushing for a result, so when the team discovers that Egerton's colleagues disliked him for his pompous, supercilious attitude, and he was also a notorious womanizer who left a string of broken female hearts and angry husbands in his wake, they figure there are plenty of people with a motive to kill him. But when they finally solve the case, the result is as shocking as it is sad. Harrod-Eagles is one of the doyennes of British police procedurals, and her latest keeps her firmly in that position. Not only does she offer solid plots, strong characters that readers can relate to, authentic cop shoptalk, and plenty of twists, but just at the darkest, grimmest moment, she also throws in a bit of laugh-aloud levity that's pure genius. Highly recommended.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A celebrity murder preoccupies Det. Insp. Bill Slider in Harrod-Eagles's excellent 17th mystery featuring the London policeman (after 2013's Hard Going). Who could have fatally stabbed Rowland Egerton, the popular star of the TV show Antiques Galore!, in his beautiful early Victorian home? Suspicion falls on his longtime friend and business partner, John Lavender, but the more Slider and his team learn about Egerton, the slimier he becomes. Personal details balance the police proceedings: Slider's wife, Joanne, is recovering from a miscarriage. The couple's tentative steps toward easing their grief and putting their relationship back on an even keel ring true. Clear, direct prose offers the occasional unexpected phrase: "The traffic lights, all green, were round alien eyes watching him"; a good-looking man has an "enviable head of hair, sculpted by the same firm that designed the Sydney Opera House." This well-done tale should earn the author new fans. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In this 17th series installment (after Hard Going), DI Bill Slider is savoring the post-Christmas quiet in his London police station, until a call comes in, alerting the team to the murder of famed daytime TV personality Rowland Egerton. The immediate suspect is his business partner, but Slider soon discovers that Egerton had many more enemies than friends. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.