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Death's Jest-Book: Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 20 | [Reginald Hill]

Death's Jest-Book: Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 20

Three times Detective Chief Inspector Pascoe has wrongly accused dead-pan joker Franny Roote. This time he's determined to leave no gravestone unturned as he tries to prove that the ex-con and aspiring academic is mad, bad, and dangerous to know. But over his investigation looms the huge form of Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel.
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Publisher's Summary

Three times Detective Chief Inspector Pascoe has wrongly accused dead-pan joker Franny Roote. This time he's determined to leave no gravestone unturned as he tries to prove that the ex-con and aspiring academic is mad, bad, and dangerous to know. But over his investigation looms the huge form of Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel.

© Reginald Hill; (P) W F Howes Ltd

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    Nesrine bronx, NY, USA 03-01-07
    Nesrine bronx, NY, USA 03-01-07
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    "engrossing attention-getter"

    Riveting, excellent character development. Engrossing with well-written literary story line. DI Pascoe and his family, relationships with friends and many questions I've had over the years are finally clearly delineated. Entertaining and satisfying, no loose ends, but an avenue for a continuation.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sonny Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 08-11-10
    Sonny Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 08-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Pure pleasure"

    I've now "read" several Dalziel and Pascoe novels and have enjoyed every single one. This one was no exception. The character development was seamless and gave me an intimate sense of each character. While complex, the plot was effectively told. Shaun Dooley is a perfect narrator for these stories - using a unique tone for each character, like watching a play unfold. Kudos to both author and narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn washington, DC, USA 08-09-08
    Evelyn washington, DC, USA 08-09-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Hill IS addictive"

    One of the reviewers who posts here has said repeatedly that listening to HIll's books is addictive and I have come to agree with him. I love listening to these books which continue to have delightful characters. They are also well plotted, humorous, suspenseful and intelligent. The reader of the last three Hill books is one of the VERY best. I wish he would redo some of the books about which other readers have complained. Evelyn

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ana Melbourne, Australia 09-19-10
    Ana Melbourne, Australia 09-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "confusing without the back story"

    I did enjoy this, as do all the Dalziel & Pascoe novels, but here it feels like the sequel to a storyline I haven't read, something about an unresolved serial killer (?), and the previous book of the series is unavailable from audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 07-04-08
    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 07-04-08 Member Since 2004

    All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

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    "Tedious in the Extreme"

    I could hardly get through the first hour of this book. So far it consists of smarmy tedious letters being written to Pascoe by some criminal he helped put away. I can't bear to go on, way too tedious for me. Ugh. What a waste of my credits.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Daytona Beach, FL, United States 04-30-11
    Anne Daytona Beach, FL, United States 04-30-11

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    "Death's Jest-Book"

    I did not care for this story at all. I dislike certain filthy words concerning women included in this book. I also dislike the narration by Shaun Dooley.
    Wish I had Saved my credit,

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    Tim K Orlando, FL USA 07-08-08
    Tim K Orlando, FL USA 07-08-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Could not follow the narration"

    Better read than listen, narrator just lost me.

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    2/7/08
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    "Probably better abridged !"

    Although the plot was well constructed the story could have been told in around half the pages. This was the first book that I have purchased that I almost gave up on !

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
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    "Where's Dalziel??"

    I love Reginald Hill's humour, particularly when he is doing the dialogue for Dalziel. The problem is Dalziel seems to appear less and less these days, great shame, he's the best bit

    Not a bad listen, but Pascoe can be a bit of a self absorbed drip. He does get very obsessed and side tracked... I think he should be swapping places the gay motor biking sergeant who is far more interesting, and better at the job.

    One the hole it wasn't a bad yarn

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