Hard Going (Bill Slider Series #16) [NOOK Book]

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A rare week off
with his family is rudely interrupted when Slider is called in to investigate
the murder of an elderly man, bashed on...

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Hard Going (Bill Slider Series #16)

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Overview

A rare week off
with his family is rudely interrupted when Slider is called in to investigate
the murder of an elderly man, bashed on the head with a bronze statuette, in
what Doc Cameron describes as ‘our old friend the Frenzied Attack’.


Lionel Bygod, retired solicitor, was an old-fashioned gentleman, a
pillar of society, who gave advice and help to all, from the highest to the
lowest. But as Slider and his team investigate, they discover dark secrets at the heart of this
mild and kindly man’s life. Shadows from the past – professional
enemies – long-incubated revenge: what was it that sparked such unquenchable
fury? The trail is old and cold, and Slider’s on the clock . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/09/2013
Det. Insp. Bill Slider of Shepherd’s Bush, London, investigates a retiree’s murder in Harrod-Eagles’s cleverly constructed 16th series entry (after 2012’s Blood Never Dies). The victim, Lionel Bygod, despite a wide circle of acquaintances and a reputation for philanthropy, proves to have had few friends who knew anything about his pre-retirement life as a solicitor, much less what would lead to him being bludgeoned to death in his own study. Through routine police work, Bill and his crew locate Lionel’s ex-wife, June Bromwich, and determine that his housekeeper, Angela Kroll, has shady family members. The key to the case, though, seems to be Bygod’s successful defense of one Noel Roxwell against child molestation charges, which engendered dire threats from the victim’s father, Derek Crondace. Slider is assisted in his investigation by a strong supporting cast, including malapropism-prone Det. Supt. Fred Porson and attractive Det. Constable Kathleen Swilley. Harrod-Eagles continues to entertain with this well-plotted, gracefully written procedural series. (Feb.)
Booklist Starred Review
“As usual, a tour de force of character-driven crime writing from genre master Harrod-Eagles”
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“As usual, a tour de force of character-driven crime writing from genre master Harrod-Eagles”
Booklist Starred Review of Hard Going

“Harrod-Eagles continues to entertain with this well-plotted, gracefully written procedural series.”
Publishers Weekly on Hard Going

Library Journal
★ 02/01/2014
A nice man, by all accounts, Lionel Bygod has shockingly been bludgeoned to death in his study. DI Bill Slider and his team must tease apart the victim's life both for motive and next of kin notification. They subsequently investigate the housekeeper's shady family, the law practice Bygod abandoned abruptly several years earlier, and, most surprisingly, his connection with one of England's most popular stage actresses. Good old-fashioned detective work eliminates the wide pool and finally exposes the killer. VERDICT Harrod-Eagles has neatly updated a typical British procedural and given it 21st-century flair with believable protagonists, a diverse ensemble cast, and contemporary issues. Her knack for making the supporting characters stand out is particularly notable. Additionally, her excellent dialog peppered with sly humor (cleverly titled chapters, e.g., "Driving Miss Crazy") gives it an episodic tone. Readers new to the series can enjoy this 16th entry (after Blood Never Dies) without having to turn to the earlier titles.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-09
London detectives search for the murderer of a neighborhood philanthropist. Retired solicitor Lionel Bygod had just begun to write out a check in the elegant reception room of his Shepherd's Bush flat when someone bashed in the back of his head with a bronze statuette. DI Bill Slider and his subordinates interview Bygod's acquaintances, who assure them that the victim was a quiet, well-mannered man who loved the theater, was active in volunteer work and helped people in the area, especially those down on their luck. Bygod was a moderately wealthy man with no known next of kin and no will. What could have driven someone to kill him? Maybe the unpopular defense case that brought him nothing but harassment and drove him into retirement. Besides searching for the most vocal of Bygod's persecutors as a possible suspect, Slider also grills Angela Kroll, Bygod's housekeeper, who has a key to the flat and a husband deeply in debt. A mystery woman from Bygod's Oxford days and a missing photograph make Slider question whether the victim was really the honest and generous man he seemed. And who was the intended payee of the check that Bygod never finished writing? Levelheaded DI Slider (Blood Never Dies, 2012, etc.) returns in a satisfying balance of bullpen banter, lively characterization and thorough detection. Although Harrod-Eagles (Kate's Progress, 2013, etc.) tips her hand earlier than she might have, a poignant ending more than makes up for this minor lapse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780104744
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Series: Bill Slider Series , #16
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 468,163
  • File size: 827 KB

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 May 26, 2014

    Over-priced!

    I don't understand why this ebook is so expensive. I' ve enjoyed all of the previous Slider books but never paid this much for any mystery novel including those by well-known authors like Rendell and PD James.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2014

    I don't buy ebooks from the Amazon hegemony, but the Kindle eboo

    I don't buy ebooks from the Amazon hegemony, but the Kindle ebook for this title is $15.49, B&N for this same title is $24.99 That's just ridiculous.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

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    As this new novel by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles opens, her protagonis

    As this new novel by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles opens, her protagonist, DI Bill Slider, has his week off cut short when he is called to the scene of a brutal murder. The victim, 66 years old, had had his head bashed in while sitting at his desk, a checkbook opened in front of him. The scene itself seems quite odd, and as the investigation begins, the man himself appears to be a cipher: Very well thought of by all his friends and those who had known him in his professional capacity as a solicitor, most of whom he represented pro bono, in the eleven years since he had moved into his home in Shepherd’s Bush, none of them knew virtually anything of his life before that time. The more they investigate, the more it becomes apparent that he was a very private person. Unravelling the mysteries of his life is quite a challenge, with a wholly unexpected revelation in store.

    Reading this seventh entry in this wonderful series, I felt as though I was back visiting with old friends: Slider himself of course as well as DS Jim Atherton, his second-in-command (or “bagman” as seems to be the colloquial British term of reference) and, on the personal side, Slider’s father, who lives in a granny-flat attached to the new house where Slider lives with his wife, Joanna (a Royal London Philharmonic violinist now several months pregnant), their toddler son, George, and Bill’s two children from his first marriage. Of course, also present and accounted for is Slider’s boss, DS Fred Porson, that master of malapropisms, e.g., “[be] thankful for small murphies,’ a reference to their boss who likes to “cast nasturtiums,” and to “the Bavarians at the gate.”

    As I wrote in my review of the last entry in the series, “Blood Never Dies,” this one too is meticulously plotted, and the author brings matters to a most satisfactory resolution. As much as the mystery itself, and the wonderful characters who inhabit it (of Atherton, she says “if mattress surfing was an Olympic event, he could have represented Britain . . . riding the carnal carousel). among the most enjoyable ingredients of this series are the charming descriptions, of people and places, employed by her, e.g., a man with “eyes blank, mouth ajar, as if he had evolved from a fish;” a woman who “looked like a bulldog that’d swallowed a wasp;” an attorney whose “suit would have brought Giorgio Armani himself to his knees, his aftershave was so subtle you might think you’d imagined it.” I always finish a Cynthia Harrod-Eagles/Bill Slider book anxiously awaiting the next one, and this one is no exception. A fast and delightful read, it is highly recommended.

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