- Series: Bill Slider Mysteries (Book 10)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group; New edition (April 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751534285
- ISBN-13: 978-0751534283
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,619,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dear Departed (Bill Slider Mysteries) Paperback – April 1, 2005
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About the Author
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the creator of the Morland DYNASTY series as well as these increasingly popular mystery novels. She has won the Young Writers' and RNA Awards. Her spare-time activities included playing the trumpet and drinking champagne.
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Bill Slider and crew are in somewhat less of a wisecracking mood for this case(though there are still traces of the usual Harrod-Eagles punning and wordplay.)
Slider feels more of a personal connection to Chattie, the victim, whom he had never met; 'Syrup' Porson still shows up for work and mangles idiomatic expressions, while trying to hide personal heartbreak; and Joanna has some issues of her own as she deals with the late stages of pregnancy.
Jim Atherton also shows dangerous signs of being a fully-developed mature adult, not just a skirt-chasing foodie; and Hart makes a welcome return to the 'firm'.
Overcoming a somewhat tentative start, Harrod-Eagles includes two 'red herring' storylines, and still manages to come up with a plausible wrapup for the main plot. thread...and for good measure, we get the series' first-ever cliffhanger ending!
My only real quibble is that Slider's first wife and their children are mentioned only in passing; while this is a natural consequence of his relationship with Joanna, I missed some of the 'father and kids' moments, as well as the 'tension'(sometimes played for laughs) resulting from his two relationships.