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 phone rings. ‘Now look what you've done,' says Slider. It's a homicide. The post-Christmas lull is officially over.
The deceased is antiques expert Rowland Egerton, the darling of daytime TV, stabbed to death in his luxurious West London home. The press are going to be all over this one like a nasty rash: the pressure's on Slider for a result, and soon.
Egerton's partner, the bulky, granite-faced John Lavender, found the body; did he also do the deed? Or was it a burglary gone wrong? A missing Fabergé box and Impressionist painting point that way. But as Slider and his team investigate, none of the facts seem to fit. And it soon becomes clear that the much-loved, charming Mr Egerton wasn't as universally loved, or perhaps as charming, as Slider was first led to believe...
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I have loved Bill Slider from the get-go. He's an everyday man who happens to run a tight murder squad. Each of his team has special skills, and Bill's skill is to make them each want to achieve. Bill sits back and analyzes and puts the pieces together. And all this is done with light humour, puns, double entendres, and of course Bill's commanding officer Porson who deserves a book of his own. His malapropisms are wonderful and make me laugh every time. In this case Bill and his team have to figure out who killed an antique seller who does a TV show on antiques. As they did deeper they find that the victim is more unsavoury than they imagined, and found the list of suspects growing by the minute. They manage to slog through all the dirt and solve the crime. I love this series. It's smart, tricky and there's always a tight plot. Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of British police procedurals.