Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 13th January, 2021 #Brainfluffbookblog #CWC #WOW

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t-Wait offering – Cruel as the Grave – Book 22 of DCI Bill Slider mysteries by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles – release date 2nd February

#crime #police procedural murder mystery

BLURB: Fitness trainer Erik Lingoss is found dead in his west London flat, his head smashed by one of his own dumbbells. His heartlessly-dumped girlfriend, blood on her clothes and hands, is the prime suspect. She had means, opportunity, and motive.

But is the case as clear-cut as it seems? Handsome Erik Lingoss had clients in high places; and he seemed to engender powerful emotions. If it was a crime of passion, there was plenty of that to go round: love strong as death, jealousy cruel as the grave.

Who did he let in to his flat that evening? Where is his missing mobile phone? Why is seven hundred pounds in cash stuffed under his pillow? The deeper Slider and his team dig, the clearer it becomes there’s far more to this case than meets the eye.

No… I haven’t read the previous 21 books, and probably won’t get around to doing so, either. But I have read Old Bones, Shadow Play and Headlong, the last three books, and enjoyed the experience sufficiently so it was a no-brainer to request this arc the minute I saw it was available. Harrod-Eagles is a mistress of the twisty plot and I’ve grown to really like dear Bill, who has an unexpectedly happy family life and a good solid team around him. Anyone else about to tuck into this offering?

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  1. I don’t really read much of this genre but I have to admit I love the idea of Bill having a happy home life and solid team. I get very tired of the “dark secret of their past” side plot of these books sometimes given that the dark secret usually shouldn’t have been a secret at all or they needed therapy.
    x The Captain

    • Lol… exactly so, Cap! And Bill’s repartee with his team, particularly with Atherton, his number two, is often very funny… So despite the murder mystery element, which is always given sufficient respect and heft – there is always a lighter tone running through these books, which I really appreciate, especially these days!

    • She really is – she’s been writing since forever and has an immense backlist. But her books tend to be expensive, which is why I’m always grateful to be able to get hold the arcs:))

  2. The blurb sounds so interesting! Adding this on my TBR 😍 it’s been a long time since I dived into one of these murder mystery books and this seems like something I’ll definitely love!

  3. Mistress of the twisty plot you say? You have me intrigued! It’s good to know you don’t necessarily have to start at the beginning to enjoy this series (especially given how many books there are!). I will have to give it a try. I hope you enjoy Cruel as the Grave.

    • Yes, it’s always useful to know when you can jump into a series without finding yourself adrift. I hope you get a chance to try out her writing – and thank you, I’m looking forward to reading this one during the week:)).

    • Yes, I think you’re right, Mogsy. Murder mystery series generally do have ongoing backstories for their investigators, but as each mystery has to be wrapped up within a book, they are easier to crash. Or dip in and out of…

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