Blood Never Dies (Bill Slider Series #15)

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A boiling-hot August day and a handsome young man is found dead in his bath, exsanguinated. Bill Slider’s colleague takes one look at the body and is convinced something isn’t quite right. As Bill investigates, he reluctantly has to agree. But as Slider and his team try to identify the man – whose personal papers are missing, along with his wallet and keys – it seems that the more they find out about him, the less they really know . . .

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A boiling-hot August day and a handsome young man is found dead in his bath, exsanguinated. Bill Slider’s colleague takes one look at the body and is convinced something isn’t quite right. As Bill investigates, he reluctantly has to agree. But as Slider and his team try to identify the man – whose personal papers are missing, along with his wallet and keys – it seems that the more they find out about him, the less they really know . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harrod-Eagles’s engrossing 15th Bill Slider mystery (after 2011’s Kill My Darling) has the London detective inspector investigating a fit, good-looking young man’s apparent suicide in a shabby flat. Only, as Slider realizes, the man didn’t commit suicide, but had his throat slashed after being drugged. The detective unravels the victim’s tangle of aliases to identify him as B.J. Corley, a wealthy and distinguished family’s highly accomplished scion. But why did he shave his legs, dye his hair, and become a minor actor in the pornography industry? Three more bodies that turn up murdered in the same way and disguised as suicides all prove to be linked to Corley’s secret life. As Slider’s team doggedly pursues the truth, vivid descriptions bring each detective to life, such as “scrawny frog-eyed” Det. Sgt. Colin Hollis. A sly wit that leavens this richly detailed mystery is a bonus. (Feb.)
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"A sly wit that leavens this richly detailed mystery is a bonus."
Publishers Weekly
"Clever, engaging, and well plotted, this is a fine example of the British police procedural and sure to be a hit with genre buffs and Anglophiles"
Kirkus Reviews
How many murders gussied up to look like suicides can a killer get away with before DI Bill Slider catches on? The bathroom was very tidy. No great spurts of arterial blood. No water sloshed on the tiles. The naked body showed no signs of struggle. Still, something didn't seem quite right, and it wasn't. The victim was left-handed, but the fatal gash had been made by a right-handed person. Who was the dead bloke? There was no wallet, no papers and no cellphone to identify him. His neighbors barely knew him, and the name he gave them, Robin Williams, was surely an alias. Once Slider, Atherton and the rest of the crew at the Shepherd's Bush nick start showing his picture around, they soon discover that his hair dye job was recent. So were his tattoo and his stint in a porn video. Furthermore, for some reason, he bought an out-of-print recording by a group called Breaking Wave that brings sex, drugs and rock-and-roll into the investigation. There'll be several more bodies, most like the first--neat kills made to appear as suicides--but with drugs in their system, and a late-night come-on from a mysterious lady. Who was she--someone from Robin's distant past as a pop star and music journalist, from his recent past as a disco bartender, or from his current life, which includes dancing school? Using Atherton as bait, the coppers plan to inveigle the perp to try one more murder in the hope of catching him in the act. Between his love Joanna's grouchiness, his superior's lack of patience, and the case's seamier byways and drug-addled persons of interest, it's not the easiest of times for Slider (Kill My Darling, 2012, etc.), but most readers will want to spend even these dour moments with him.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847514554
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2014
  • Series: Bill Slider Series , #15
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 724,537
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of the internationally acclaimed Bill Slider mysteries and the historical Morland Dynasty series. She lives in London, is married with three children and enjoys music, wine, gardening, horses and the English countryside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    wonderful series

    I've read almost all of this Bill Slider series and it never disappoints. The books are witty and well written and quite British. The characters are more than policeman doing their duty - we find out about their lives, their feelings and their interactions with each other and with loved ones.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

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    Highly Recommended

    The latest Bill Slider mystery finds the DI called to the scene of what was initially thought to be a suicide but which, on closer examination, seems to be a murder. Things become much more complex when the Shepherd’s Bush police cannot find any identification for the dead man, nor any personal items, such as cell phone, computer, wallet, at the scene. Any when they do get the name of the flat’s tenant from the building owner, that name appears to be false. Things become murkier as the investigation continues, with more bodies appearing to be tied in to the first.

    Present are the usual assortment of colleagues who fans of the series have gotten to know and love, despite (or perhaps because of) their quirks and eccentricities, of course their boss, DS Porson, master of the malapropisms, who “used language like a man flailing at wasps - - usually effective, but never a pretty sight.”

    Meticulously plotted, the author brings matters to a most satisfactory resolution. As much as the mystery itself, and the wonderful characters who inhabit it, among the most enjoyable ingredients of this series are the charming descriptions, of people and places, employed by her, e.g., “scrawny frog-eyed Hollis, with his despairing hair and feather-duster moustache [who] made Peter Lorre look like a model from a knitwear catalogue;” the aforementioned building owner, “short and swarthy, his head emerging from his shoulders without the bother of a neck;” one character who had “so many spare tyres round his neck he looked as though his chin was resting on a stack of crumpets;” another who had teeth “so white he’d have been useful to have around on a rocky shore in the fog;” a bouncer whose “chest was so broad his nipples were in different time zones. He looked as if he could lift weights with his tongue;” and Slider himself who, at one point at the end of a long day, removes his shoes and socks in a quiet moment: “His feet wriggled gratefully in the open air like puppies shown affection at last.” I always finish a Cynthia Harrod-Eagles/Bill Slider book anxiously awaiting the next one, and this one is no exception. Highly recommended.

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