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Body Line (Bill Slider #13)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  228 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
The brand-new Bill Slider Mystery - David Rogers was a doctor, handsome, charming and rich.He livedthe lifestyle of aconsultant – expensive clothes, top restaurants, exclusive clubs– until someonekilled him in the hallway of his lovely million-plus-poundhouse. But when Bill Slider and his firm are thrown into the mystery, they soon discover that nothing is as it seems, for ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Severn House Publishers (first published February 1st 2011)
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Terry Wale 10 Hours 20 Mins

Description: David Rogers was a doctor, handsome, charming and rich. He lived the lifestyle of a consultant – expensive clothes, top restaurants, exclusive clubs – until someone killed him in the hallway of his lovely million-plus house. Was he killed for passion, professional jealousy, or plain old money? Bill Slider and his firm are thrown into the mystery, but they soon discover that nothing is as it seems, for though David’s girlfriends are plenty, none of them ca
Alexandra Daw
Dec 06, 2014 Alexandra Daw rated it really liked it
Easy to read but intriguing at the same time. This author loves words and I enjoyed the mixed metaphors of Slider's boss, Porson. My favourite for the moment is "It's not rocket salad is it?" If you're after a mystery like a good British detective series on the telly, then this is for you.
May 03, 2011 Johanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I love Bill Slider!
Oct 29, 2016 Violet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Bill Slider is at it again. This author has a wonderful imagination and wit. I can read them as fast as she can put them out ... (now that I have discovered them at my local library). This one is pretty straight forward in the investigation of a murder and a not so unusual reason for it in this day and age. As usual, couldn't put it down.
First Sentence: “You look terrible,” Slider said as Atherton slid into the car.

Inspector Bill Slider and his team are investigating the murder of David Rogers, shot in his home at point blank range by someone with a silencer. Everything about him indicates he has considerable money, except his bank statement. Yet, the crime doesn’t appear to be one of passion or of robbery. With very little evidence, few clues, and no obvious motive, the police are having a difficult time finding the killer. Doe
May 23, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it

BODY LINE is the thirteenth book in the Bill Slider series. Slider is an inspector in the homicide division in London and, as usual, he is surrounded by his loyal team, Jim Atherton and Norma Swilley, and is supported by his boss, Superintendent Porson. Life at home is good, as well, with Joanna and their baby son.

Slider and his team are sent to a home in a very expensive section of London to investigate the execution-style murder of David Rogers, a doctor who is clearly doing well for himself.
Dec 02, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
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 d ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it
"Body Line" is the 13th in the author's Detective Inspector Bill Slider mysteries - we've read them all and look forward to each new entry, especially since the characters age and evolve over time. Bill is now married to musician Joanna; they have a toddler running around, and Bill's father is a (separate quarters) live-in cook and babysitter. Slider's colleagues at work, especially Atherton, a former playboy now "steady" with girlfriend Emily, are also part of the familiar cast and crew, so the ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Oct 02, 2011 Shirley Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
This 13th in the Bill Slider series is another winner. Ms. Harrod-Eagles could hold a book-writing seminar on how to write good, solid police procedurals. This book is inclusive enough for new people to the Slider series to read and enjoy on its own. But why would you want to do that and miss out on the excellent characters and tight plotting of this series? These books are a real treat from beginning to end. I love Bill Slider. He's an every man's copper, and sharp as they come. There's lots of ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Sam rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I was not a fan of the writing or the characters of this book. The characters were either too despicable or uninteresting to really get that invested. Body Line is a straight up British procedural mystery and I was fine with the "language" difference, but if you haven't read or are unfamiliar with the differences between British and American English this could be a struggle, It took me until at least chapter 5 before I could overcome the style of writing, for me it just never really flowed well ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Ed rated it liked it
Each of the Bill Slider crime novels that I have read contain a long set piece in which Slider and one of his team of detectives (the firm, in Slider's terms) questions a person of interest to the murder they are working on. In "Body Line" Slider and Atherton sit down with the widow of the deceased and get a great deal of information over the course of a few hours. These interrogations are well depicted--people actually think and talk the way they do in the book--and are particularly telling bec ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: june-11
I love Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' Morland Dynasty and I always feel I should enjoy the Bill Slider books but somehow always feel they're a bit of a letdown. The characters are great but somehow I feel the storyline is slightly lacking.

This book sees Slider and Atherton trying to solve the murder of David Rogers, a doctor about whom nobody truly seems to know. His ex-wife seems to be his closest kin but then a whole range of women come forward who he was involved with. This book seemed to have too ma
Mar 01, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it
When it comes to mysteries I'm a real Anglophile, starting with Agatha Christie in my youth to Martha Grimes to Reginald Hill. My favorite type of British murder mystery is a good, solid police procedural and Body Line fits the bill. While it's not one of my favorite Bill Slider stories it was a good entry in a great series.

All the usual characters were present though there wasn't enough Joanna for me. I did enjoy getting to know a bit more about Bill's dad and it was nice that Atherton still s
Jill Hutchinson
Another in the enjoyable Bill Slider series. In this entry, a handsome doctor who is known as a womanizer, is murdered in his expensive home and it looks like a professional hit. Slider and his crew are on the case and discover that the victim has many female admirers but none can give them a clue as to who would want the charming doctor murdered. The trail leads to his ex-wife, a most unpleasant individual, and to her live-in boyfriend but what is the motive?........and are they really involved ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Monica rated it liked it
Slider and his team are called to the scene of a shooting. A well to do doctor, a frequenter of strip clubs has been shot in the back of the head as he is leaving his house. As they start to look into possible motives, it becomes apparent that there is much about the man that is a mystery - his income (he lied about his job and he has masses of cash stashed away), his love life (there is a bitter ex-wife, a stripper girlfriend and a couple of other pieces on the side)and possible enemies from a ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and was completely immersed for the length of the read. I love the familiar characters and the relationships. The humorous boss with his malapropisms is a lovely diversion. I gave it four stars because I thought the solution was fairly obvious throughout the book. I like my mysteries to take me in and out of speculation. It is slightly annoying when the clues are right in front of the intelligent professionals, and it takes them longer than the reader to decipher them. That s ...more
Rog Harrison
Sep 03, 2016 Rog Harrison rated it liked it
I think I have read a couple of other books in this series but it must have been a long time ago before I joined Good Reads. The author does not take herself too seriously especially with the headings of her chapters and the speech patterns of Slider's boss but tells a good story. Although this was not an exciting read I found I wanted to understand what was happening and why so I could not put the book down until I had finished it. I will try and read the other books in this series.
Nov 17, 2011 Kyrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I was excited to see this book on my library's display shelves. I'd read some of her books ages ago and liked them, but hadn't seen anything new.
Harrod-Eagles' way with words is wonderful. I would read her work just for the dialogue. The plot was very good too, and kept a person guessing.
Now I need to go back and reread her other Bill Slider mysteries.
May 02, 2011 Brackman1066 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Another fun mystery from Harrod-Eagles. I don't understand why she doesn't have more fans (my local B&N didn't even bother to stock this book when it first came out). Bill Slider and his sidekick Atherton remain among my favorite detectives. Yeah, I figured out whodunnit and why, but that's not really what you read her books for.
Cheryl Raffauf
Feb 06, 2011 Cheryl Raffauf rated it it was amazing
I love this series and most of the characters. Wait each year (or 2or 3) for the next one to be written! Actually slow down the reading so that won't end too soon. Especially love Joanna and Athernon. British police story but REALLY read for the back story and ongoing saga.
Mickey Hoffman
Jul 21, 2016 Mickey Hoffman rated it really liked it
I really love the dialogue in this series which I'm reading backwards from newest to oldest. The story is very suspenseful and the characters are interesting and believable. The main criminal is not too hard to identify at some point but how it all connects and the ultimate motive are hidden well.
Feb 16, 2012 Sharron rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I love the Bill Slider series and this title is another worthy addition. Cynthia Harrod Eagles has a wonderful sense of humor. the puns, mangled metaphors and malapropisms are so much fun and they provide a great foil to homicide.
Apr 28, 2011 Renie rated it liked it
good mystery - set in England with lots of British slang I liked the book and if I saw another book by Cynthis Harrod-Eagles I would give it a try.
Alex Cantone
Aug 05, 2016 Alex Cantone rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Another excellent read. Wonderful characterizations, witty dialogue, red herrings, kept me on my toes to the last page. Highly recommended police drama.
Andrea Sachs
Aug 18, 2012 Andrea Sachs rated it liked it
A very quick read - and a pretty good police detective story set in a suburb of London. Some "witty" moments with the chief of the department.
Mary Kay
Apr 06, 2012 Mary Kay rated it liked it
Another excellent British police procedural starring Bill Slider. The use of clever language in this series is awesome.
Susan Cabaniss
Apr 10, 2015 Susan Cabaniss rated it liked it
Slow start, wasn't sure I'd even finish, but finally got into it and found it a good read. Downloading others in this series as I type this.
jb dunn
Mar 27, 2015 jb dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What more could we ask? Versatile read-- beach, airplane, home in an easy chair. Happy to discover this series. New to me.
Mystery Lover
Dec 07, 2011 Mystery Lover rated it really liked it
A good British police procedural. It was a little slow in parts, and it came to a crawl when Bill Slider was at home. But it is an authentic look at a British police station.
Alice Racine
Alice Racine rated it it was amazing
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (aka Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth Bennett)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born on 13 August 1948 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England, where was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699, and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy.

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