Convalescing in Sandytown, a quiet seaside resort devoted to healing, Dalziel befriends Charlotte Heywood, a fellow newcomer and psychologist, who is researching the benefits of alternative therapy. With much in common, the two soon find themselves in league when trouble comes to town. Sandytown's principal landowners have grandiose plans for the resort -- none of which they can agree on. One of them has to go, and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate -- with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support.
But Pascoe finds dark forces at work in a place where medicine and holistic remedies are no match for the oldest cure of all!
©2008 Reginald Hill; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
This has been one of my favorite Reginald Hill Audiobooks so far. It's presented in a slightly unusual format; the first half of the book consists of a series of first person emails from one of the characters, and first person narration by Dalziel. The narrator is excellent throughout, and an interesting plot that keeps you wanting to listen on. Highly recommended!
Hill's initial format is a bit unusual; he uses it to pull your mind's eye into the story. You'll suddenly find yourself hip-deep in an English shore community with a cast of characters that are not quite what you expect.
There is an element of that dry British humor, mixed with excellent character development.
The narrator augments this fine story.
The format that Hill uses in this book - third person narration alternating with emails from a young woman and a series of stream of consciousness recordings by none other than Andy Dalziel makes for a lively and entertaining listen. In particular hearing the observations of Dalziel - rude, crude and very funny - make him come alive for the listener. The narrator is excellent and makes each character distinctive and believable.
Entertaining as the quintessential detective mystery laced with delightful, humorous dialogue. This narrator, Johnathan Keeble, is wonderful, giving unique voices to the characters. I want to listen to all of Reginald Hill's books but there are complaints about another narrator and I can't even get through his online samples. Any chance that Audible can find more Hill narrations by Keeble? Buchanan and Dooley are excellent, too.
great characters---fantastic reader---reminded me of cold comfort farm--i am rarely this amused
it's not that kind of book, but i did want to know how it turned out
yes he's really good
yes laugh out loud
You spend lot's of time in Dalziel's mind, whereas in other of the series it leans towards his more serious partner Pascoe. What goes through Dalziel's head and in that accent is hilarious.
Dalziel a totally original creation--so incomparable.
Wonderful addition to a strong series. Literary, lewd and suspenseful!
the language and accents, the humor. Dalziel is a wonderful, unique character.
Not exactly. The plot was a bit confusing. I enjoyed The Woodcutter much more.
He is excellent.
I really enjoyed The Woodcutter and decided to hear other Reginald Hill books. Unfortunately I found this confusing, too many similar characters and a rather convoluted plot. But it was completely entertaining, and I'll try others. I'd like to know which Reginald Hill books are considered the best by other readers.
I had listened to and very much enjoyed Hill's 'The Woodcutter' - so chose this as a follow on. But it was SO slow in developing any plot, and I found the overly cheerful Charlie character so annoying I could hardly listen. The main character, Dalziel seemed unbelievable too - all too jolly and witty. I struggled on for 3 hours to give it a chance - but no - that's it. Can't go on.
Don't miss it!
Dalziel of course but there are many other interesting characters in this novel.
Keeble is such a good narrator that he brings most of the characters to life and even some minor ones with cameo performances.
Brilliant narration brings to life one of the best D&P stories,
"A Great Listen"
I often found myself laughing out loud whilst listening to this. Several deaths occur and the convalescing Dalziel can't keep his big nose out of the investigation. The narrator had an excellent range of voices and accents for the numerous characters, helping to really make the story very reallistic. The repeated mentioning of the email addresses didn't bother me in the least: just like the naming of each chapter during any audiobook.
A enthralling listen
The way it was read with the reader taking the parts of all concerned which made for very good listening and a lot of humour
The way he takes on all the charecters and how he reads.
A Roast too Far
Lets have more good books with Keeble reading them
"A book to read again"
For pure enterntainment
Dalziel brought to life by an expert narrator and a exceptional author
Probably as I love Dalziel, but in this reading he was outstanding.
No, I found it delightfully hilllarious!
I will keep it as a favorite and it will be a pleasure to listen to again.
"A good listen"
I'm a Reginald Hill fan, I think his prose style is as surprising and excellent as his plots and even though I guessed this one before the end it didn't stop it being fun to listen to with a good narrator.
"Dalziel is the Guv'nor"
I have listened to several Reginald Hill books. This one is up there with the Woodcutter. Dalziel is a wonderful character who lights up this series of books. In other books the author doesn't find the same comic voice. Alas I will remain thwarted in listening to the full series as Brian Glover's narration in the earlier books is not up to snuff, though the narrator in this book is superb.
"All those irritating e-mails"
My main reason for giving this otherwise reasonable Dalziel and Pascoe book only three stars was that I became increasingly irritated by the constant repetition of the e-mail addresses. When reading a story depending on a lot of the information being delivered in e-mail form one can skip over these but when the story is read they become intrusive.
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