Shallow Grave (A Bill Slider Mystery) Kindle Edition
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With the background of the police characters’ private lives this is a complex mystery set in Shepherd’s Bush in London. I particularly like the way the characters interact and the author’s skilful wordplay – noticeable in the dialogue and in the chapter headings.
While all the books in this series can be read as standalone stories I think they are best read in the order in which they were written. This is number seven in the series. If you like crime novels which are well written with interesting characters and plenty of humour then try Bill Slider.
However there are things that just don't add up - why was Jennifer's handbag left in his car?, Why did Frances Hammond's dog not bark in the night when it heard the intruder dump the body and why did no one hear his footsteps on the gravel path?
Jennifer Andrews was no saint either - she had been having affairs, and who had she gone to meet the night before? - it certainly wasn't her husband. And what does the real-estate agent Donald Meacher have to do with this all?
I do like Harrod-Eagles mysteries but her characters of Bill Slider, his lover Joanna, Ex-wife Irene and his side-kick, Atherton just seem a bit cardboard to me. They don't seem to have real emotions - just reactions handy to creating a bit of personal angst. I found that side a real let down.
This is Harrod Eagles 7th book in the Bill Slider series (there are 8 of them so far to April 2001) and I'm not sure how many more there are to come. She does write a great and enjoyable mystery. The personal life doesn't intrude too much into the real story of the mystery.