Fell Purpose: A Bill Slider Mystery

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Author . Severn $28.95 (268p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6842-8

Harrod-Eagles’s 12th Bill Slider mystery (after 2008’s Game Over ) offers a familiar plot. When the strangled corpse of nearly 17-year-old Zellah Wilding, a star student at St. Margaret’s, an excellent all-girls church school, is discovered in a London park near her home, Slider and his team investigate. The suspects, all stock characters, include Wilding’s overprotective and repressed father; Ronnie Oates (aka the Acton Strangler), who was just released from prison after a series of convictions for indecent assault; and Wilding’s secret boyfriend. Few will be shocked when it turns out the victim led a less than exemplary life. The punning or joking chapter titles (“Salmon-Chanted Evening,” “You Must Remember This; A Kiss Is Still a Coordinated Interpersonal Labial Spasm”) may appeal to some, but others will find the humor at odds with the grim reality of police homicide work. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/09/2009
Release date: 01/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 268 pages - 978-1-84751-181-2
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