this is the 224th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
Death Watch by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Avon, 1992 paperback, police procedural – 2nd in Inspector Bill Slider, series
I reread this last Summer. I’d forgotten how much I like these very character and relationship driven police procedurals. This second in the series carries on the sub-plot from Orchestrated Death, the first in the series, of Inspector Slider’s complicated relationships with Joanna, whom he loves and wife Irene, whom he doesn’t. Also here are the other members of the force and best of all, here is another fine mystery.
Richard “Dick” Neal has been burned to death in a motel fire. Circumstances make it seem like a suicide and that would suit the bean counters who oversee the department budget; no costly investigation to conduct. But there are things not quite in keeping with that finding, things that suggest murder. Slider can’t just leave it alone.
Slider and his team have to sift through every detail of the dead man’s life looking for some clue, some motivation, even while the top brass press for a quick solution. I’m not sure how likely the final solution is, but the reader is skillfully led to it and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a good series worthy of your time.