It is a real pleasure to be taking part in this blog tour. ‘Old Bones’, the nineteenth book in the Bill Slider Mysteries series was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 1st August 2019 by Black Thorn Books. I would like to thank Holly Domney for inviting me to participate and for my review copy.
I will tell you all what I thought about this book in a minute. First though, the book blurb.
‘You can’t upset anyone looking into old bones.’
DCI Bill Slider’s out of favour in the force – for accusing a senior Met officer of covering up an underage sex ring. As a punishment, he’s given a cold case to keep him busy: some old bones to rake through, found buried in a back garden, from a murder that happened two decades ago, and with most of the principal players already dead.
Surely Bill Slider can’t unearth anything new or shocking with these tired old bones?
I had never actually heard of Cynthia Harrod-Eagles until I received this book to review so it is nice for me to have discovered another author. I would say that ‘Old Bones’ can definitely be read as a standalone without spoiling any pleasure.
I have to say I found it quite hard to get into the story at first but after a while I found myself really starting to enjoy it. I liked the style of writing and I thought the chapter titles were great. In fact, some of them were quite witty. It’s obvious that the author has done her research for this book. I bet that was interesting.
I really enjoyed meeting DCI Bill Slider and his team and thought that they worked very well together. There was the usual banter of course and I loved the humour. I was extremely interested in seeing what trying to solve a case from twenty-five years ago actually entailed. I personally thought that it would be an impossible task but with some clever sleuthing and the use of technology they were able to make quite a lot of progress and at the same time prove me wrong. Their investigations certainly led to some shockers.
Out of all the characters my favourites were Slider, Atherton and Connolly. I liked that the author also included a bit about their personal lives. That’s always very important, I think.
‘Old Bones’ is a classic whodunit which will have you trying to fit all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together. If you are a fan of crime fiction and police procedurals, then I really do recommend reading this book.
Would I read the rest of the series? Yes, at some point I am sure I will, that is if I can ever reduce my reading list.
‘Old Bones’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-
About Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of over 90 books, including the internationally acclaimed Bill Slider mysteries and her Morland Dynasty series, which has sold over 100,000 copies.
Visit her website at http://cynthiaharrodeagles.com