• A Pinch Of Snuff

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 5
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dalziel and Pascoe investigate allegations made about the Calliope Club, which screens pornographic movies. But before theirinvestigations bear fruit, the cinema is wrecked and its owner killed.
©2008 Reginald Hill (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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Smart Mystery

Hill writes with depth and clarity. His characters come alive because of his ability to describe multi-facet personalities. His mysteries are complex, well written and in the end, satisfying.

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Ah, Reginald!

Pascoe and Dalziel are always such an readable pair, and when Colin Buchanan narrates, they can't be beat. I wish Audible would release (in some cases, re-release) more of their stories, and they SHOULD ALL BE READ BY COLIN BUCHANAN. As in, do us all a favor and retire the ones read by Brian Glover.

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classic hill

Good story, great reader - what more can you ask for? I wish it had lasted longer. While the case being investigated is disturbing, the writing is so good that I laughed out loud in a couple of places. If only all audiobooks were so enjoyable.

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"There'll be no cover-ups here."

When Pascoe's dentist confides in him that he thought a scene in an adult fantasy sex film showing at the local members only club was more than just play acting, Peter decides to look into it despite the scorn coming from Dalziel. A murder further draws him into a determination to find out exactly what is going on. A fine example of Dalziel's sarcastic wit and local knowledge as the big bully lets Peter muddle on. (And Peter has his wife to contend with, too!)
Performed by Colin Buchanan, this is another great read with plenty of humour lurking amidst the crime. However, this book seems mostly about Pascoe's misadventures and the rather unsavoury folks with whom he was dealing and I was less involved than I usually become reading one of Reginald Hill's books, hence the four rather than five stars. Still a fine read, however, and recommended

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Reginald Hill and Colin Buchanan deliver once agai

Reginald Hill and Colin Buchanan deliver once again. An odd comment from his dentist has Pascoe investigating the local porn industry. This is followed by the home invasion and serious assault of a private cinema owner, an underage girl's allegation of carnal knowledge and a number of other facts and occurrences that all seem loosely, if not vaguely connected. But it's only after Dalziel and Pascoe stumble into an ongoing investigation and a crooked cop that things finally become clear. A top tier effort for my library and I'm looking forward to number six in the series.


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Another surprise!

I try to anticipate the stories and field of knowledge based on the titles and teasers offered by Audible, but I invariably find myself in a page=turning frenzy as I am led through of unexpected clues, events, and characters. This novel was no exception.

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  • 03-23-15

Reginald Hill

loved it I enjoy Reginald Hills books my favourite is The spy's Wife that is a good story

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  • LH, England
  • 04-01-18

Interesting story and a great narrator

What did you like most about A Pinch of Snuff?

Very easy to listen to.

Have you listened to any of Colin Buchanan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to several books narrated by Colin Buchanan and he is consistently good. I really like his narration style, he doesn't intrude into the story and acts all the different characters well. I am particularly impressed that he manages to act the parts of female characters believably - a rare talent.

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  • Jane
  • 08-14-18

Engaging intelligent writing and interesting story

A detective novel which amongst many other gems throws in a reference to Mary Wollstonecraft gets 5* from me!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-23-22

"There'll be no cover-ups here."

When Pascoe's dentist confides in him that he thought a scene in an adult fantasy sex film showing at the local members only club was more than just play acting, Peter decides to look into it despite the scorn coming from Dalziel. A murder further draws him into a determination to find out exactly what is going on. A fine example of Dalziel's sarcastic wit and local knowledge as the big bully lets Peter muddle on. (And Peter has his wife to contend with, too!)
Performed by Colin Buchanan, this is another great read with plenty of humour lurking amidst the crime. However, this book seems mostly about Pascoe's misadventures and the rather unsavoury folks with whom he was dealing and I was less involved than I usually become reading one of Reginald Hill's books, hence the four rather than five stars. Still a fine read, however, and recommended

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  • Trish C
  • 08-07-21

Story below par; narration not great

I'm a fan of Dalziel & Pascoe, and maybe it's because I'm going back and filling in the books I've missed, having read or listened to many of the later episodes, but this was not up to the standard I'm used to. This is book 5 in the series, and perhaps the author was still getting into stride. There wasn't a great deal of interaction between Dalziel, Pascoe and Wield - usually a highlight. And the solving of the case was wrapped up with undue haste at the end, with the very serious aspects of the subject matter (snuff movies and sexual exploitation of underage girls) dealt with only at the most superficial level.

The narrator, Colin Buchanan, had moments of excellence - usually when delivering dialogue in character - as you might expect from an actor (and the one who plays Peter Pascoe in the TV series). But he failed to grasp that the voice of the narrator needs performance too. In the narration sections, his delivery was akin to a student standing on a stage self-consciously reading a passage from a book to an audience of parents. It wasn't bad enough to make me stop listening, but I'm not looking forward to the other two D&P titles I've got that are narrated by him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-19-21

A Great Listen

I read this book years ago, and this was an entertaining revisit to favourite characters, and a great storyline.

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  • Nicola
  • 06-29-21

Brilliant

Love the characters, the humour and the plot. Cant’t get enough of this series - and read by Pascoe himself!

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  • BS
  • 01-23-21

Dreadful narration!

I really enjoyed my first Reginald Hill Dalziel and Pascoe- narrated by Jonathan Keeble, sadly this didn’t compare!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-11-18

a trip back to the TV series

this a Dalziel and pascoe I hadn't heard of before but it is as good a tale as the others if not my favourite. the narration is spot on and listening makes it almost as if Warren Clarke himself were doing the voice.