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Intricate Cold Case Thriller a Delight for Readers

Old Bones

A British Police Procedural

by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Severn House

Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 01 Feb 2017


Cold cases are intriguing - how do you investigate a murder when a number of the parties involved are dead? Old Bones is well done, both as a cold case procedural and a police drama. DCI Bill Slider is on the outs with higher-ups because he uncovered corruption in the ranks. A cold case is perfect, because it offends no one and solving it makes the police look good. Thus, when human remains are found in the yard of the house where a teen when missing decades ago, it is assigned to Slider and his team.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles doesn't take the easy route. Instead she offers readers a complex mystery. Even if you guess before the end where the story is going, you won't be disappointed with this character driven mystery.


I received a copy of Old Bones from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



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 same garden two decades before, and was never seen again?

The problem comes almost as a relief to DCI Slider, still suffering from the fallout of his previous case. He is not popular with the Powers That Be, and his immediate boss, Detective Superintendent Porson, reckons that at least this little puzzle will keep Slider out of trouble. After all, with a murder twenty years in the past, this is the coldest of cold cases. Most of the suspects and principal players are now dead too, and all passion is long spent … Or is it?

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