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Grave Music (Bill Slider #4)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  175 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Slider and Joanna's on-again, off-again romance is off when murder at the Royal London Philharmonica throws them together--in this droll, beguiling police procedural, the fourth in the series by one of the best of the British mystery mavens (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
Published May 1st 1995 by Scribner Book Company (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jan 31, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sir Stefan Radek is not the most sympathetic of murder victims and Bill Slider has his work cut out to identify the murderer in this complex murder mystery. He is also trying to deal with his divorce and his estrangement from Joanna, the love of his life. As it happens Joanna witnessed the killing as she was playing in the orchestra at the rehearsal at which Radek, the conductor, was shot dead.

This is an interesting and well written mystery with plenty of believable – if not always likeable – ch
Jun 01, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it
Another Slider--well worked out and fine characterizations. I'm glad the unhappy-marriage subplot was finally resolved. That one dragged on for too long, across too many books. While one can sympathize with the difficulty of the situation, enough already.

This one had some nice insights into the music world, but the resolution was a bit problematic. The final act was rather abrupt, which was good for Slider since there was no concrete proof. A surprising resolution of the boss problem, too. Again
Apr 15, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Grave Music is a police procedural with plenty of suspects and intersecting threads. It is a competent mystery which I may be underrating because I read books 5 and 6 in the series before reading this one (#4) so know what happens in the personal lives of some of the characters. That takes away a bit of the tension. Still, I zipped through it in a couple days.
Jan 05, 2010 Beth rated it liked it
London Detective Inspector Bill Strider is down on his luck. His wife has recently left him for another man and Joanna, the woman he's in love with, wants nothing to do with him. He is sent to investigate the murder of world famous (though little liked) conductor, Sir Stefan Radek,who was murdered during a rehearsal of the London Philharmonic orchestra at a neo-Byzantine church. But there's an upside for the Inspector -- it brings him back into contact with Joanna, who is a violinist and was at ...more
Jul 28, 2016 Doug added it
Took a while to get into the story as with most British mysteries. But the story was good as were the characters.
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, police, cozy
Number four in the Bill Slider British police procedural series, again this series is definitely a keeper.
Dana Garner
Feb 21, 2015 Dana Garner rated it really liked it
Excellent -- clever, humorous writing. I love Bill Slider!
Catherine Woodman
This is a very good series, with Bill Slider as the lead detective and quirky hero. His wife has left him becasue he was never there--becasue of his work, not his affair with another woman, who also leaves him, so he is on his own and he has to sole the mystery of the murder of a famous conductor--well written.
Dec 30, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Now that the marriage/affair issue is resolved, I'm liking this series more. The witticisms continue, not as densely packed as a Lord Peter/Harriet Vane novel but very much in evidence and very clever. The plot is interesting. I'm still feeling wary about this series but I hope to be less judgmental in the future.
Candy Wood
Police procedural and the classical music scene in London--beginning of good series. Or maybe not, since I see that Goodreads says it's #4. It must have felt like the beginning when I read it, even though I had already read others in the series.
Feb 02, 2012 Kyrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I love the wordplay in these mysteries. I'd read them just for that, but the plots are well done and so is the back story. I managed to figure out one key part early, but the rest was well hidden and a surprise.
Jan 30, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
It's amazing the difference in language in this book compared to some of the others I have recently read.
Oct 01, 2008 Alice rated it it was amazing
A crucial book in the series as it introduces a significant character. I really enjoy this whole series.
May 15, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Read this under its alternative title Dead End. Another entertaining Bill Slider 'policier'.
Jun 14, 2011 Craig rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked this one better than Death Watch. Better writing, better plot, more character depth.
Susan Union
Oct 27, 2008 Susan Union rated it liked it
A compelling, satisfying mystery.
Apr 10, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
Ooh, goodie, a new series to love!
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