It starts with a phone call to Superintendent Dalziel from an old friend asking for help. But where it ends is a very different story.
Gina Wolfe has come to Mid-Yorkshire in search of her missing husband, believed dead. Her fiance, Commander Mick Purdy of the Met, thinks Dalziel should be able to take care of the job.
What none of them realize is how events set in motion decades ago will come to a violent head on this otherwise ordinary summer's day.
©2009 Rginald Hill (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
Hill is simply amazing. Each novel in this series is an adventure in shifting perspective and innovative technique yet the characters remain as comfortable as a well-loved pair of Nike trainers. I hope Mr. Hill lives - and writes - forever!
This is my first Dalziel and Pascoe story, and I think it stands on its own and I didn't feel I needed to have read the others beforehand. And I'm glad I didn't, I guess, because they seem rather cliched. The characters and the story aren't bad, but not terribly novel or interesting either......the best thing about the book was the creation of the overlapping time frames to illustrate how everything happened in a single day.
Probably good for fans of these characters, but I thought it was just OK......I certainly didn't like it as much as I enjoyed The Woodcutter.
I do not like gangster mysteries. I guess I like my mysteries driven by other things besides urban gangsters, because, like the stupid vampire mysteries , it is too easy to throw in any resolution to problem and not develop characters.
I do not like any of the characters in this book.
I never fancied the television series and so I would probably never had read this had I not read The Woodcutter by the same author . Now I'm hooked. I found it difficult to stop listening to, loved the characters and the storyline and thought it had a very satisfactory ending. Perfect in fact from start to finish.
"If you liked The Woodcutter, you'll love this"
An excellent book with the same narrator as The Woodcutter. Fast paced and well written. You do not have to have any prior knowledge of Dalziel to enjoy it. I would definitely recommend it.
"Briliant, entertaining book."
This was the first Dalziel and Pascoe I have listened to and it didn't disappoint. I had just finished listening to The Woodcutter read by Jonathan Keeble and I picked this book because it was the same narrator. The story keeps you interested from the beginning and you feel like you know the characters really well. The plot and ending are brilliant and I listened to the last chapter several times. I now want to listen to more Dalziel and Pascoe.
100% Reginald Hill, narration excellent. kept me guessing right up to the end, the clues were there all the time. The best in crime fiction.
As have many others, I went for this book on the back of thoroughly enjoying The Woodcutter. Also, assured by reviews that it's on a parr and that I would also love this.
But for me it really isn't and I didn't.
Jonathan Keeble is brilliant but the story, of 10.5 hours, is taking place over a day and to me meandered around with no focus for the first 6 hours. I literally had no idea what the story was meant to be about for the first half at least as nothing happened of significance until 6 hours in. Until then we just keep being introduced to more and more people with some backstory. I was bored!
I have taken three times as long as I should have to finish it as I couldn't stay focused and was constantly having to rewind. Also, if I left it to come back later, because there wasn't a clear focus, I couldn't remember what I'd been listening to last and would have to go back half an hour.
I made it to the end because of a fabulous narrator and a really good character in Dalziel but he's not actually in it nearly enough. It's mostly a mass of, what seem for much of the story, to be fragmented characters and as the story jumps around so much I couldn't remember who was who - we never properly get to know any of them, they just keep 'popping up'.
I'd got a few more Hill and Keeble books lined up in my wish list but think I'll move elsewhere for now as feel pretty disappointed.
"Had me chuckling."
Narrator's portrayal of Dalziel was superb!
I thought the storyline was good - a little unsurprising, but the characters were excellently depicted by the author and given breath by the narrator.
Good twist at the end!
Recommended. Ps I haven't heard any of the other Dalziel & Pascoe stories before - this can stand alone very well.
"A terrific listen"
Very enjoyable listen, all the characters played out wonderfully and the separate strings drawn together beautifully, narration was really good too great accent for Dalziel
"Thoroughly enjoyable story, great narrator"
I purchased this audiobook off the back of The Woodcutter as I'd enjoyed it so much. I was not disappointed, the narrator was fabulous (again!) and so was the story. I hadn't ready or listened to any of the previous Dalziel and Pascoe books but it was easy enough to pick up.
I can't imagine
It seemed to be written in short sentences with no narrative. He said, she said..........
I don't know if he could have done better with a better story but it was extremely boring
I read the woodcutter by this author and loved it but this seemed to go on forever and was only mildly interesting in the last chapter when it came to fruition
"Classic Dalziel and Pascoe"
For the most part this was classic Dalziel and Pascoe - Dalziel blusters, seems to be putting his foot in everything and Pascoe follows the rules and keeps the case from falling apart despite Fat Andy's best efforts. But of course Dalziel is not as stupid as he seems and the case gets solved in the end.
I always enjoy the relationship between Dalziel and Pascoe, although I also enjoy the fact that Pascoe is still married to Ellie in the books (unlike the tv series where they're divorced) and there's always a sub-plot around them that's usually quite amusing.
I really enjoyed this book. Reginald Hill's use of language always makes me laugh out loud and this was no exception. The performance by Jonathan Keeble was just right. Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.
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