It's just Detective Inspector Bill Slider's bad luck that he's the one called to the scene of a death that interests Commander Carpenter. Carpenter wants Slider's team to call the death an accident and keep it out of the news. However, Ed Wiseman was a famous literary agent. He didn't just fall out of his window into a construction site. Supposedly, "everyone" loved Ed Wiseman. Then Slider's team discovers angry husbands, a self-proclaimed writer who wasn't happy at rejection, and a boyfriend who might have wanted Wiseman dead. Even a few women, such as that elusive model that Carpenter wants off-limits, are possible suspects.
Headlong is an intricately plotted police procedural. It's filled with puns, wordplay, and cop humor. It's also filled with careful police work. Slider and his team of believable police detectives are likable. This is a witty, thoughtful mystery in which the police detectives come to life through the details of their personal and family lives. It's a carefully constructed story that should appeal to Deborah Crombie's readers. And, I have the first three in the series on order.
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Headlong by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Severn House, 2018. ISBN 9780727888365 (hardcover), 220p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.