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Orchestrated Death, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Orchestrated Death

Bill Slider #1

By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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• Fiction/Mystery • 304 pages

ISBN: 978-1-934609-22-4

Bill Slider, a middle-aged, straight-arrow London cop, finds his life thrown into passionate disarray by the murder of a mysterious young violinist. So far, so good, and so much like many, many other police-procedurals. So why did Orchestrated Death have a permanent home in Partners & Crime’s section devoted to “100 of the Best We’ve Ever Read”? Because Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’ writing is so irresistibly clever and so heavily laced with the very best puns. American readers take note: many of those puns work only with an English accent. The character, for instance, who has a cat named Oedipus? To an American, that’s not particularly amusing. But take a minute to remember that the Brits pronounce the name with a long “e” – “EE-dipus.” The cat, after all, is aptly named, because “Ee-da-puss wot lives ‘ere.”

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Fans of wordplay, classical music, and Elizabeth George

"A bravura debut ... a mystery that is remarkable for its rich, romantic tone, assured technique, and perfect literary pitch"—New York Times

"A masterful debut with a sophisticated ending that whets readers' interest for further adventures of these strong characters"—Publishers Weekly