*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Old Bones – A DCI Bill Slider Case by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles #Brainfluffbookreview #OldBonesbookreview

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In case you are experiencing a slight case of deja vu, yes… this is a book I’ve previously reviewed back in 2017, which I didn’t realise when I requested the arc. There didn’t seem any point in writing a different review, given that when I reread it, nothing new jumped out at me…

‘You can’t upset anyone looking into old bones.’

DCI Bill Slider’s out of favour in the force – for accusing a senior Met officer of covering up an underage sex ring. As a punishment, he’s given a cold case to keep him busy: some old bones to rake through, found buried in a back garden, from a murder that happened two decades ago, and with most of the principal players already dead. Surely Bill Slider can’t unearth anything new or shocking with these tired old bones?

Slider’s desert-dry viewpoint is a joy. He is an old fashioned copper who is heartily sick of all the new management-speak, but nonetheless straight as a dye without being remotely starchy. His irreverent humour bubbles continually away in the background, annoying his superiors and exasperating his subordinates. For a nice change, he isn’t some grizzled loner but has a happy marriage to a professional musician.

I liked the fact that the loss of a little girl isn’t just treated as some dry academic puzzle – there is a real sense of poignancy of a life unfulfilled as Slider and his team try to grapple with who had murdered her and buried her in the back garden. I also enjoyed the fact that we don’t have a CSI-type approach where they have shedloads of forensic evidence to answer all the questions. In fact, there is precious little to go on, except the faulty memories of those involved all those years ago.

As with all the best police procedural mysteries, there are a number of candidates and possibilities, though I did guess one of the major twists well before it was revealed. Not that it mattered all that much – I was too invested in the main characters to mind and besides, there were still some interesting developments. There is a lovely subplot that develops regarding one of Slider’s team and a youngster caught up in the system.

I appreciated the absence of any grisly details, undue violence or gore – but I certainly wouldn’t peg this in the cosy mystery genre. All in all, a thoroughly entertaining read that comes highly recommended.

While I obtained the arc of Old Bones from the publisher via NetGalley, this has in no way influenced my unbiased review.
9/10

10 responses »

  1. Maybe it’s an old review- but it’s a good review! I hate when I forget what I’ve read. But at a 9/10 I guess I wouldn’t be sorry for a reread either.

  2. When a story is good and the writer skilled, we don’t need those gory details to keep us on the edge of our seats, and this sounds like this kind of story – besides, I find the cover sets the mood just perfectly . 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh yes – the last cover, to be honest, didn’t really suit the mood of the book at all. This one is far more appropriate, I feel. And this is a really good series – she’s such a talented author, one of my mother’s favourites:)

      • This book series somewhat reminded me of a similar one written by Elizabeth George, which I enjoyed immensely: great stories, great characters. Maybe these books will steer me back to that old “stomping ground”… 🙂

  3. It’s so easy to do isn’t it – especially if you see a book with a different cover and blurb – I’ve bought a couple of book three times because I liked the sound of it each time I saw it – then realised I already had a copy at home but it just looked different!
    Lynn 😀

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