Harrod-Eagles unleashes an effective, dark-edged tale and serves up a truly nasty villain into the bargain... [She] gracefully builds upon her habitually elegant procedural stylings to deliver taut psychological suspense.
There are plenty of suspects for old Bill Slider and his team, and a whole fishmonger's full of red herrings. Harrod-Eagles is a wonderfully assured, compelling plotter, and her hero is as appealing as ever.
Each plot twist, including one devious turn that throws suspicion on a former member of Slider's murder squad, hangs on the testimony of complicated characters who are among the author's finest stock. Nobody is exactly what he or she seems: not the victim, not even Slider, who has reason to examine his own
Harrod-Eagles delivers snappy prose and a ripping tour through the British music world.
The books work so well because the author manages to infuse them with a warmth and wit that lingers on after the last page is turned.
This is an excellent, solidly professional police story: well-written, with well-drawn characters and a neatly dovetailed plot.
The charm oozed by Bill, who is a normal person with personal problems struggling to survive in a cruel world through humour and wit...a unique novel that gives readers a glimpse of an England rarely seen in this sub-genre.
Confident and lucid
Rapid pacing, sharp dialogue, strong storyline and confident writing style should delight lovers of British procedurals on both sides of the Atlantic.
Although the milieu seems light years away from the edgy chaos of the city, the quiet-desperation crowd proves itself capable of its own brand of nasty behaviour. Harrod-Eagles's ability to plumb the pathos from the depths of daily life remains razor sharp.
Complex and sophisticated. The puzzle and the people are intriguing, and the denouement compelling, making another winner for this outstanding writer
Yet again Ms Harrod-Eagles hits the bullseye with her concoction of mystery and humour. Highly recommended.
Time spent in the company of this literate crew is always worthwhile.