Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born on13 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. She had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, starting as a junior cashier at Woolworth's and working her way down to Pensions Officer at the BBC.

She wrote her first novel while at university and in 1972 won the Young Writers' Award with The Waiting Game. The birth of the MORLAND DYNASTY series enabled Cynthia Harrod-Eagles to become a full-time writer in 1979. The series was originally intended to comprise twelve volumes, but it has proved so popular that it has now been extended over thirty. In 1993 she won the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Novel of the Year Award with Emily, the third volume of her Kirov Saga, a trilogy set in nineteenth century Russia. She is also the author of Bill Slider Mystery series, and writes under the pen names Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse.

She currently lives in London with her husband. They had have three children, Hannah, Jane and Michael. Apart from writing, her passions are music (she plays in several amateur orchestras) horses, wine, architecture and the English countryside.

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    The murder of a personal fitness trainer draws DCI Bill Slider and his team into a baffling investigation where nothing is as it first appears. Fitness trainer Erik Lingoss is found dead in his west London flat, his head smashed by one of his own d...


  • 1919: The war is over, but peace is yet to come. As men are demobbed, women must give up positions that gave them freedom. Edward is given an important job at the Peace Conference in Paris, but it means more lonely months away from Beattie and his...


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    Bill Slider and his team investigate the death of a prominent literary agent in this intriguing contemporary mystery. When one of London’s best-known literary agents is found dead in strange circumstances, having fallen headlong from his office ...


  • In 1918 the Great War has taken so much from so many and it threatens to take even more still from the Hunters, their friends and their servants. Edward, in a bid to run away from problems at home, decides not to resist conscription and ends up at...


  • Anne Symons is content living with her widowed father in a sleepy Dorset town. She has a good job in a solicitor’s office and a kind, reliable, good-looking boyfriend Joe. But when enigmatic, sophisticated Michael Conrad appears on the scene, sh...


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    Bill Slider and his team investigate the murder of a victim with a decidedly shady past in this gripping contemporary mystery. The body of a smartly-dressed businessman turns up in the yard of Eli Simpson?s car workshop. But there?s no ID in the p...


  • Emotionally hurt in the past, a job in a large country house seems to be Emma’s best option for staying single and safe… When Emma Ruskin becomes governess to 10-year-old Poppy Ackroyd, the haughty Ackroyd family all treat her with contempt -...


  • In 1917 the Great War rages on, and for the Hunters, their friends and their servants the war is where they live now. David has returned from the Front a shadow of his former self; his sister Diana, newly married, copes with pregnancy alone, her h...


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    DCI Bill Slider tackles the coldest of cold cases in this absorbing mystery. A young couple discover human remains buried in the garden of their new house: could this be the resting place of 14-year-old Amanda Knight, who disappeared from the sam...






  • It is 1916 and the Hunters, their friends and their servants are settling down to the business of war. As conscription reaches into every household, Britain turns out men and shells in industrial numbers from army camps and munitions factories up and...


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    For a policeman, there are some questions that have to be asked even if you don’t want to know the answers... A middle-aged man jumps under a tube train at Shepherd’s Bush station, and a teenage girl is killed in a hit-and-run, in a country l...


  • The year is 1915, and the war is raging on . . . The war was not 'over by Christmas' after all and as 1915 begins, the Hunters begin to settle into wartime life. Diana, the eldest Hunter daughter, sees her fiance off to the Front but doesn't ex...


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    Who would kill a charming antiques expert Rowland Egerton, the darling of daytime TV? Bill Slider and his team are on the case... ‘It’s quiet out there,’ says DS Atherton, at Bill Slider’s office window. ‘Too quiet.’ Right on cue, the...


  • Set against the real events of 1914, the first book in an exciting new series from Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is extraordinary in scope and imagination In 1914, Britain faces a new kind of war. For Edward and Beatrice Hunter, their children, servants,...


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    A rare week off with his family is rudely interrupted when Slider is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly man, bashed on the head with a bronze statuette, in what Doc Cameron describes as ‘our old friend the Frenzied Attack’. Lio...


  • The 35th thrilling installment of The Morland Dynasty series takes readers on a wonderful journey from 1931 to 1936 It is 1931 and the world is still reeling from the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash. Polly Morland has returned to Morland Place...


  • Kate's latest failure on the London dating scene leads her to escape to an idyllic Exmoor, West Country village where she finds her 'Cinderella Project' - a run-down cottage on the edge of the moors. Her attempt to lead a quiet life there is, how...


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    Bill Slider and his team face a mystery when an unidentifiable man appears to have committed suicide but all signs point to murder A boiling-hot August day and a handsome young man is found dead in his bath, exsanguinated. Bill Slider’s colleagu...


  • Jenna’s life is perfect . . . perfect chaos! - One lousy Monday, Jenna loses her gorgeous job, her even more gorgeous boyfriend, and her home. In an attempt to put aside her personal woes, Jenna goes to catalogue books for an elderly cousin, Kitty ...


  • In the 34th installment, the Jazz Age is in full swing in New York, while the London General Strike calls for everyone to help out 1925. England is prosperous; the nation has put the war behind it, and hope is in the air. Polly Morland is the...


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    When Melanie Hunter goes missing, the men in her life come under suspicion. And there's plenty to suspect; lies, half-truths, deceptions. When you pull one thread, the whole fabric of family life can come apart. There are secrets in Melanie's past, a...


  • 1919. As the euphoria of the Armistice fades, the nation counts the cost: millions dead or disabled, unemployment, strikes and shortages. As prices and taxes rise, it becomes harder to remember what the war was for.Teddy tries to recreate balance but...


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    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-pound house. But when Bill Slider ...


  • Continuing the addictive saga of the Morland family, now with its many branches spread across the Empire and the new world 1918: German troops flood back from the Russian front for an all-out assault in France, before the Americans can join the war...


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    Bank Holiday Monday, and beautiful Zellah Wilding -- straight-A student, prefect, future Head Girl -- lies dead near the famous Wormwood Scrubs prison in London. What was this good Christian girl doing out there, dressed to kill, when she was suppose...


  • 1917: The Great War enters its third year. For families everywhere, war has become a way of life: and for none more than the Morlands. The last son at home, Robbie, is called up. Patriarch Teddy is glad to welcome Helen, coming 'home' to Morland Pla...


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    A Bill Slider Mystery - When ex-BBC correspondent Ed Stonax is found dead, the last thing Detective Inspector Slider needs to complicate his life is the reappearance of an old enemy issuing death threats. Trevor Bates, aka The Needle, is on the loose...


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    1916. England is at war, and the Morland family is in the thick of it, with two men already in France and three more soon to go. Tragedy strikes Morland Place when Jessie's husband Ned is reported missing on the Western Front. His father launches a d...


  • The grass is always greener . . . - Polly wonders how she managed to capture husband Seth, and frets over her inability to give him the family he wants. A few doors away, her friend Ginnie is bored. Her only excitement is fantasizing over the latest ...






  • In 1915 the first euphoria of the war has worn off, but the nation is more determined than ever to win. When Ned is sent to the Front ahead of his battalion, Jessie, already involved in various charity works, feels the need to do more and becomes an ...


  • In the Morland Dynasty series, the majestic sweep of English history is richly and movingly portrayed through the fictional lives of the Morland family. It is 1914, and the outbreak of war is greeted with euphoria. Thousands flock to volunteer. Every...


  • A poignant and emotional love storyIn the summer of 1954, George West met young Josella Grace, the daughter of a retired colonel, and fell passionately in love with the reserved but beautiful girl a love that seemed destined never to be fulfilled. Te...


  • England, 1912. The largest, most luxurious ship the world has ever seen is about to make its maiden voyage. Teddy Morland will be aboard the Titanic -- along with his niece Lizzie and her husband and children, on their way to start a new life in Ar...


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    It's Detective Inspector Bill Slider's day off and he had hoped to have some quiet time with Joanna, his pregnant fiancee. But a woman's body is found in the park and he finds himself back to work sooner than he expected. At first glance, it looks as...


  • London, May 1908. It is the height of Edwardian England, and Jessie Compton has travelled down from Morland Place, the Yorkshire home and ancient seat of the Morland family, to enjoy the delights of the Season. She has one chance to catch the eye of ...


  • A tragic tale of love and the bonds of marriage. Teenager Judah Jacobs is employed regularly as a babysitter by Peter and Joyce Kane. When Joyce is taken to hospital, Judah allows herself to be seduced by Peter. They embark on an affair, and eventual...


  • In the last years of the nineteenth century the Morlands' fortunes are changing for the better, as Henrietta and Jerome find a true home at Morland Place, and Teddy ploughs his profits into restoring it to its former glory. But the reverses and cruel...


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    The stabbed body of a well-dressed man is found slumped on a swing in a children's playground in the heart of Shepherd's Bush--Detective Inspector Bill Slider's patch. From the seedy pubs of Shepherd's Bush through the brothels of Notting Hill to ...


  • 1885 -- When Henrietta stepped into the arms of her one true love, Jerome Compton, it was like the ending of a fairy story. But life and love are rarely disposed to be so tidy. Jerome has been married before, and in late Victorian England, divor...


  • The world of show jumping is glamorous to outsiders and a way of life to those at the centre, with surprises around every corner. The greatest glory is to be found in the States, where there is more at stake for the riders than mere money: pride, rep...


  • When young maverick Hamil Strathearne and mysterious, coolly English beauty Olivia meet within the conventional frame of 1950s middle-class Edinburgh, their passion for one another promises to last for a lifetime. Hamish quickly becomes obsessed and ...


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    In 1874, the wedding of Lady Venetia Fleetwood is the talk of London. Invitations are eagerly prized, not least by Venetia's cousin George Morland and his socialite wife Alfreda, preparing to journey down from Morland Place in Yorkshire for the most ...


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    Award-winning ex-Guardian hack Phoebe Agnew had a name for championing the underdog -- and for attacking the police in print. When her trussed and strangled body is found in her chaotic flat, Detective Inspector Slider must demonstrate the impartiali...


  • 1870: although Europe is beset by war and revolution, England is prosperous and calm, and it isn't political misbehaviour which threatens the Morland fortunes. Benedict, on one last adventure to Egypt, succumbs to fever abroad, and his son, George...


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    Detective Inspector Bill Slider has always been keen on architecture -- what Atherton calls his edifice complex -- and The Old Rectory is the kind of house he would give anything to own. But the dead body of Jennifer Andrews, found in a hole on the t...


  • The man who really is a sheep in wolf's clothing; a couple who find their lives ruined by knowledge; and the place where commuters go when they die are just a few of the slices of real life that form part of this powerful new book by Cynthia Harrod-E...


  • When Annie parts from famous horn player Geoffrey she vows never to work in an orchestra again. But the lure is too strong, and so becomes an orchestral attendant and falls for Ted, the principal trumpeter. An injury to the abrasive principal horn me...


  • Anne Symons was happy in the Dorset village where she lived with her father. She had a charming home, a good job, and her boyfriend Joe was attractive, reliable, and deeply devoted to her. Whereas Michael Conrad was an enigma - so why would she deser...


  • Emma Ruskin's flat-mates are amazed when she suddenly abandons her teaching career to become a governess. But Emma, restless and disillusioned with life -- and love -- is desperate for a complete change.She finds it in ample amount at Long Hempdon, t...






  • 1851: the shadow of war again falls over the Morland family as the Army sets out to face the Russians in the Crimea. At Morland Place, war is not an immediate threat to Benedict, but an unexpected visitor causes him an agonizing dilemma. In Manche...


  • When Celia Bancroft split up with the man that dominated her life, both in and out of the office - she was determined that she would allow no one into her heart again. Thank goodness for pleasant male friends like her new boss, producer Simon Davis. ...


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    With his love Joanna off playing violin at a British opera festival, Detective Inspector Bill Slider puts aside his pub time to get involved with the Arts himself. At the BBC studios, a prominent music and opera critic has apparently committed suicid...


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    Detective Inspector Bill Slider is back at his post at London's Shepherd's Bush police station-accompanied by a persistent headache, resulting from a recent case that also left his steadfast colleague Atherton hospitalized. And the throbbing pain is ...


  • 1843: the early years of Queen Victoria's reign witness much high-level debate at the Palace of Westminster, but nothing can interfere with Society's enjoyment of the Season. When Charlotte Meldon's father dies, she believes herself to be destitut...



  • 1857: life in England is stable and prosperous, but once again war in a foreign land casts a heavy shadow over the Morland family. At Morland Place, Benedict's orderly life of estate matters and civic interests is shaken when a mysterious orphan a...


  • 1833: the industrial age is sweeping through England and the Stephensons are planning the greatest engineering scheme ever undertaken -- a railway line from Liverpool to London. At Morland Place, Nicholas had hoped that his brother, Benedict, ha...


  • From the author of LAST RUN, a contemporary romance about a young woman who decides to become an actress. She falls under the spell of the leading man, only to find that her old friend also loves him....


  • A thoroughly researched and historically accurate fictionalized autobiography of Queen Victoria offers an intimate and moving chronicle of a woman whose life was marked by power, loneliness, and an all too brief love....


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    Detective Inspector Bill Slider is not in the best of moods. His true love, Joanna, has dumped him, his wife has left him for her boring bridge partner, and his tyrannical boss is punishing him with paperwork. It takes a murder to change Bill's luck....


  • 1831: as England emerges from the post-war depression, the country is changing, and the birth pains of the Reform Act bring it to the brink of revolution. The violent times breed violent acts, both outside and inside the Morland family. Sophie's l...


  • During a holiday trip in Greece, impulsive, easy-going Sarah finds herself torn between her fiance+a7, the methodical, reliable Grieg, and Alec, a fun-loving, dashing guest at the same villa at which she and Grieg are staying....


  • 1820: the landscape of England is undergoing sweeping change as the country pioneers the steam-driven machine age. The Morlands, too, face change: Cousin Africa returns from St Helena to startle society with her unconventional ideas; Lucy brings h...


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    A MURDEROUS MIX Detective Inspector Bill Slider is puzzled when he's called to Dave's Fish and Chips Bar to investigate what appears to be a public health matter--a human finger mingled in with the fried potatoes. But when a stash of additional bo...


  • Though the granddaughter of an earl, Emily Paget is still a poor relation, living on the good graces and large estate of her aunt and uncle, but determined to earn her own living. This disgraceful ambition moves her aunt to take action: Emily must be...


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    INTRODUCING DETECTIVE INSPECTOR BILL SLIDER Slider would rather do things his own way, even if that means rubbing the brass the wrong way. He may never make it from London's Metropolitan Police to the more glamorous ranks of Scotland Yard, but to ...


  • 1816: Napoleon has at last been defeated, but victory brings no peace to the English. The cost of war strikes deeply into the country -- there is raging inflation, discharged soldiers join the ranks of the unemployed, wages tumble and the bread pr...


  • The year is 1851, and Victorian England is at the height of its self-confidence: the greatest industrial nation in the world, vigorous, inquisitive, self-reliant, and generous. Young Fleur Hamilton is truly a product of the era .Intelligent and i...


  • 1807: the Napoleonic Wars continue and their violence reverberates in the lives of the Morland family. Lucy, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her lover, Captain Weston, is thrown into doubt and confusion by an unexpected proposal of m...


  • As Paris recoils from the turbulent political events of 1803, young English governess Anne Peters is penniless, homeless . . . and alone. But while France prepares for war she seizes the chance of escape -- and the beginning of a new life in the s...


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    1815: Napoleon's escape from Elba and the preparations for battle entangle the Morland family in a web of romance and heartbreak. The Allied Army is gathering in Flanders, and where the Army is, the fashionable world must go -- so London Society...


  • Eugenie, cherished only child of Comte de Talcy, is brought up amid the splendours and luxuries of Versaille and the Ancient Regime. But in 1789 Paris erupts into revolution and terror; her father's untimely death alone cheats the guillotine, and Eug...


  • 1803: Napoleon is poised to invade England, with only Nelson's weather-beaten ships in his way, but the French fleet are not the only threat to the fortunes of the Morland family. In the North of England, Mary Ann's relationship with the missionar...


  • 1795: the shadow of Bonaparte has fallen across Europe and touches each member of the far-flung Morland family. As the century draws to a close, Jemima Morland wearily acknowledges that her life is also nearing its end, but she has scant peace as ...


  • 1788: the bloody revolution in France causes upheaval in the Morland family. Henri-Marie Fitzjames Stuart, bastard offshoot of the Morland family, strives to protect his daughter, Heloise, his mistress, Marie-France, and their son, Morland. To thi...


  • 1772: although George III reigns over a peaceful England, his colonies in the Americas are claiming independence and a tide of revolutionary fervour is gripping France. Allen Morland and his beloved wife Jemima work unstintingly to bring Morland P...


  • 1720: political intrigue besets the kingdom as the Stuarts try to claim the throne occupied by the Hanoverians and the Morlands have to use all their wiles to keep their fortunes intact. Jemmy Morland, sole heir to his father's will, has no option...


  • Clover jumped at the opportunity to become a ski-instructor in Austria to escape a failed romance. She threw herself into resort life and found fun with good-looking, charming, fellow-instructor Heinz. But why then were sensible, sober George Reynold...


  • The story of a couple living in Crete whose marital problems are brought to the surface when a friend comes to stay to nurse a broken heart....


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    1689: the Restoration enabled the Morland family to restore their own fortune, but now the Jacobite rebellion brings another threat to their security. Annunciata Morland, fiercely loyal to the Stuart cause, follows her beloved king, James II, into...


  • In a Fury of Ungodly Hatred and Ungodly Love Fierce guardian of her ancestral heritage, reigning beauty at the rakish court of Charles II, Annunciata Morland's restless spirit refused to be confined by her illustrious station. With a will of iron,...


  • An orchestra on tour - a strange, enclosed, emotional world. Annie's world. The musicians work together but are all so different: friendly, hostile, funny, touchy, feuding and laughing. Annie's world once again, for now and for the future - if her pa...



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    To Reclaim a Noble Dream--The Tlriumph of a Mighty Dynasty.. After fifteen years of austere Puritan rule, King Charles's return from exile heralded rising fortunes for the bold Morlands. Presented at court, the beautiful Annunciata Morland would b...


  • 1630: after long years of peace the reign of Charles I brings brutal civil war to England. The clash between King and Parliament is echoed at Morland Place when Richard brings home a Puritan bride while his brother, Kit, joins Prince Rupert and th...


  • Destiny of Passion. Destiny of Power... The ancestral home of the magnificent Morlands stands proud in the glorious sunset of Elizabeth's rule, haunting Jan Chapman, who burns to know the terrible secret of his birth. But before he can learn more...


  • Bee and Paul were delighted at the progress they were making with the decoration of their new home - and were particularly pleased to discover an ancient mosaic maze under the old concrete floor in their kitchen. Paul is so excited by the discovery ...


  • 'All men are fun for a night; most men are fun for a month; some men are fun for a year; but no man is fun for life...' That was the advice everyone gave Celia when things looked black. She had to leave her TV job and split up with the man who domina...


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    A Mighty Dynasty Is Born. Eleanor Courteney--the proud aristocrat and beautiful pawn in the marriage that unites two powerful families and heralds the birth of a great dynasty. Adored bride of Robert Morland, mistress of vast Yorkshire estates, sh...


  • The Desires of the Mighty Now master of the powerful Morlands, Paul sees his family torn by ill-fated passion as the rule of the Tudors shakes the land. Although the destiny of the Morlands is forever bound to the fortunes of the throne, the loss ...


  • Nothing is dearer to Kestrel Richard's heart than the pair of harriers that have come to nest in her beloved Suffolk marshes. So when their safety is threatened by the arrival of townie Stuart King, she is prepared to fight him every inch of the way....


  • When Tessa runs into her old friend Hilary she sees a new life. For Hilary is now an actress, keen to involve Tessa in the world of the theatre. Tessa sets off with the Alley Theatre Players in search of something special. When she meets Alasdair it ...


  • It is summertime when Janet leaves home for the first time and heads south. She falls in love with an actor called Roger, but when he gets his big break on television, cracks appear in their relationship....



  • The frankest novel a woman ever wrote about her most intimate needs....