Detective Inspector Bill Slider #14
February 1, 2012 / ISBN: 072788137X
Police Procedural / England / Contemporary
by L J Roberts
First Sentence: At first Connolly thought he was crying; but
after a few minutes she realized he just had a left eye that watered.
is known to be polite, and friendly. Now she's missing; reported
gone by her downstairs neighbor who's caring for her dog. Melanie's
body is soon discovered but the deeper Insp. Slider and his team
become involved in the case, they more secrets they find; Melanie's
and the men in her life.
Reading Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is always a delightful experience.
Only someone with a superb grasp of language could use it as she
"Connolly gave him a look so cold it could have hosted
the Ice Capades." Who else includes words such as "propinquity"
and creates malapropos with such aplomb. Her dialogue is flawless
and so natural; while her descriptions provide mental pictures:
"The woods looked beautiful as the sun reluctantly rose for
its low-slung hibernal trajectory across the sky, sparkling and
tinged with pink." She is the queen of metaphor: "The
hard winter had taken its toll on the road surfaces, and
were potholes you could find lost tribes in." Her voice is
casual, almost conversational; the narriative as though you are
being told a story by a friend.
characters are so important and these are that. They are human,
fascinating and intriguing. They have lives outside their work,
homes relationships and pets. This is not an angst-driven cast and
how nice is that.
Lest you think all this overshadows the plot, you'd be wrong. There
is an excellent twist right from the start and an investigation
that builds on police teamwork.
Kill My Darlingis another very good addition to the Bill
Slider series. As ever, I am anxious for the next book.