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A skeleton is discovered in a suburban garden when a shed is demolished.  Clearly it isn’t anything to do with the young couple who have lived in the house for less than a year as the pathologist soon establishes that the bones have been there for at least fifteen years.  DCI Bill Slider needs a restful low key investigation which will keep him out of the limelight for a while following the fallout from his last case.

It seems as though the bones could be those of Amanda Knight who disappeared more than twenty years ago and who had lived in the house with her parents.  Slider soon finds himself totally engrossed in the case and it starts haunting his dreams.  It  becomes clear however that the case may not keep him out of the limelight after all.

I have read and enjoyed all the Bill Slider series.  I love the punning chapter headings and the way the police characters interact.  It makes a welcome change that Slider himself doesn’t have any personal issues apart from a few cases from the past haunting him from time to time.  It is also nice to read about teams of detectives who do basically get on with  each other.  The dialogue is well done and feels realistic and I like the plot.

I did work out who the murderer was in this case though not until more than half way through the book and it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of it.  The books in this series can be read as standalone novels if you don’t want to read the whole series in the right order.  This is number nineteen in the series.

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One Under: A Bill Slider British Police Procedural (A Bill Slider Mystery)

Bill Slider is curious about an apparent hit and run death because the girl who is the victim seems to be outside her normal territory.  Something about the scene of the accident seems wrong but he can’t put his finger on what it is.  The post mortem reveals that her injuries weren’t consistent with being hit by a car.  There has also been a suicide on the underground of a middle aged man.  Two apparently unrelated incidents which soon seem like causing Slider and his team more trouble than they could ever have imagined.

This is an excellent read and the eighteenth in the Bill Slider series.  It is a change from the normal London police procedural in that the police characters mainly get on with each other and don’t have horrendously complicated private lives or major personal problems to contend with.  There is no bad language and little on the page violence.  They are well plotted and the characters are well drawn and there are plenty of amusing asides and some marvellous chapter headings.

I read this book in less than a day and really enjoyed it.  The plot is very topical and themes of the book are quite dark and gritty but they are dealt with in a low key way.  This is an excellent read and can be read as a standalone novel as well as part of a series.  I have read all the series now but read several of them out of series order but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment.  I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review.

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Blood Never Dies: A Bill Slider British Police Procedural (A Bill Slider Mystery)

A young man is found dead in his bath with his throat cut.  At first glance it could be suicide but something isn’t right and Bill Slider and his team believe it is murder.  But they can’t identify the body as all of his personal papers have disappeared and he appears to have been using a false name.  As they gradually uncover information about the victim and his contacts and associates things seem to be getting more complex rather than clearer.

As people they interview are found dead they fear they may have found a serial killer but there are also indications their first victim may be linked to some rather sinister activities.  This is an exciting well written crime novel and I found it an excellent read.  There is plenty of humour, some marvellous one liners and some amusing chapter headings.

I like Bill Slider as a character and he has to be one of the most likeable detectives in crime fiction. The series can be read in any order as there is enough background information about the series characters private lives to keep the reader informed.

 

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Body Line (Bill Slider Mysteries)

This is the thirteenth book in this entertaining and well written police procedural series.  DI Bill Slider’s latest case seems to be the product of a paid hit man.  Dr David Rogers is shot in the back of the head after he answers the door to an early morning caller.  The young woman who was with him at the time escapes by climbing over a balcony and taking refuge with a neighbour.  When Slider and his team start looking into the victim’s life it soon becomes clear that no one really knows what he does – or at least no one who is willing to talk.  His ex-wife clearly knows more than she is willing to tell but persuading her to talk seems the biggest stumbling block.  The biggest mystery of all is which hospital Dr Rogers worked for and precisely where the money comes from to fund his lavish life style.

As the police start looking into the victim’s life more and more layers are uncovered and the case becomes more complex rather than less.  This is a compelling read even if you have worked out what was going on before the end as I did.  I hadn’t worked out the details but I was pretty sure what was behind it all.  I still found it a tense read especially the denouement which was very tense.  This is a well written novel with plenty of amusing banter between the police characters and some marvellous chapter headings.

This series can be read in any order as there is enough background information about the private lives of the series characters to enable the reader to understand what has taken place before.  I love the way the characters interact and while the people involved don’t always see eye to eye they so manage to sort out their differences fairly quickly.  The books in the series are all well plotted and well written and the dialogue is some of the best in modern detective fiction in my opinion.

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Fell Purpose (A Bill Slider Mystery)

A young girl is found dead on some waste ground.  DI Bill Slider always feels sorry for the victims but this is somehow more close to home because he has a teenage daughter too.  There are rather too many suspects to make it an easy case to investigate – the girl’s nearest and dearest, her ex-boyfriend who she definitely met shortly before her death and a previous offender who may or may not have been in the area at the time.  That’s before Slider’s team start investigating further afield.

The plot is complex, the writing is crisp and the dialogue sparkles as do the chapter headings which are never less than apt and amusing.  I love the banter between the police officers involved in the investigation and the way they all come over as fallible human beings with worries and concerns of their own.  Slider himself is one of my favourite fictional detectives.

If you like our crime stories mixed with humour and peopled with likeable characters then try this series.  The books can be read in any order as there is enough background information in each one to keep up with what is going on in the private lives of the series characters.

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Kill My Darling (A Bill Slider Mystery)

This is a well written crime novel in the Bill Slider series.  The plot is complex and the characters are interesting.  A young woman – Melanie Hunter – goes missing.  First suspect is naturally her boyfriend but there is also the man living in the basement flat who murdered his wife and served a prison sentence for it.  All too easy to give a dog a bad name . . .

The investigation uncovers and unravels the problems in families and turns over more stones than maybe some people involved would have wanted it to.  I love the amusing chapter headings and the relationships between the police officers involved.  The banter is well done and the personal relationships really come to life on the page.

Even though this is part of a series it can be read as a standalone novel.  I have read most of the series now – many out of their correct order – and I don’t feel I have lost anything by reading them that way. If you like crime novels with little on the page violence and no swearing you will enjoy this series.

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Star Fall: a Bill Slider British Police Procedural (A Bill Slider Mystery)

Bill Slider is worried about his wife Joanna who has recently had a miscarriage.  She has recovered physically but she seems to be still grieving and he is concerned that she will never get back to her normal self.  Fortunately he has an engrossing and frustrating new murder case to take his mind off his home life.  Roland Egerton, TV antiques expert, is found murdered by his long time friend John Lavender.  Naturally Lavender is prime suspect but his story seems to hold up on first examination and Slider and the team start to look further afield for their murderer.

This is a well plotted crime story with some interesting characters and plenty of clues and red herrings to lead both the reader and the detectives astray.  I have read many of this series and they all make excellent reading.  Slider and his sergeant, Atherton, make a good team and all the police characters seem to get on with one another.

There are plenty of touches of humour in the book with some marvellous descriptions and sparkling dialogue.  I also like the chapter headings too. If you like your crime novels well plotted with plenty of interesting and likeable characters then this may be one for you.  The series can be read in any order.  I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.

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