Search Results: "Reginald Hill"


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GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 2004

"Pared down and brisker than last year's behemoth Death's Jest-book, this 21st pairing of crime fiction's most entertaining odd couple is a dazzler—Hill's best in years."
A homicide that's meant to look like a suicide, or is it the other way around? Read full book review >

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RECALLED TO LIFE by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Not quite the equal of the sterling Bones and Silence (1990), but several lengths ahead of the current competition."
When new evidence in a 1963 murder case leads to a new trial for nanny Cissy Kohler, who's been serving a life sentence for killing her employer's wife Pam Westropp, peerlessly curmudgeonly Mid-Yorkshire Chief Supt. Read full book review >

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UNDERWORLD by Reginald Hill
Released: June 27, 1988

"Textured, too, with police-department politics, gritty atmosphere, and earthy pubtalk: the richest, strongest Hill since Ruling Passion a decade ago."
Hill's Yorkshire police-procedurals are unusually varied, from the black-comedy of Exit Lines to the psychodrama of A Killing Kindness. Read full book review >

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AN APRIL SHROUD by Reginald Hill
Released: April 28, 1986

"No great suspense or surprises—but, with a lake-chase at the close and other bits of watery atmosphere, this is a solid entertainment in the Hill manner: sardonic, darkly funny, occasionally even a little haunting, with foul Dalziel at his most grimly vulnerable."
First US publication for a 1975 Dalziel/Pascoe mystery (cf. Read full book review >

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DEADHEADS by Reginald Hill
Released: May 22, 1984

"With a nice, low-key fadeout and a botanical motif throughout: sly, tart British crime-entertainment—uncompelling, a bit overextended, but drily engaging."
Yorkshire cops Dalziel and Pascoe (A Killing Kindness, Ruling Passion) make a welcome return here—but, with the killer out-front throughout, this is more a black-comic entertainment than a murder-mystery. Read full book review >

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THE WOODCUTTER by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Near the end, a character refers to the fate of 'the dreadful, drab English.' There's nothing drab about this dark and compelling novel, although some of its characters are dreadful human beings."
A grim-dandy psychological thriller about betrayal and revenge set in England. Read full book review >

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DEATH COMES FOR THE FAT MAN by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2007

"Hill, returning to his long-running series after a crossover break (The Stranger House, 2005), produces a work as richly satisfying as steak-and-kidney pudding."
The title of Hill's latest establishes the fear that the author, with the help of some terrorist bombers, will kill off Andrew Dalziel, the gargantuan eminence of the Mid-Yorkshire CID. Read full book review >

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BORN GUILTY by Reginald Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1995

"Trust down-at-heels Joe to provide value for the money."
Three cases for raffish Luton p.i. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1988

"Pascoe procedurals."
Hill's dark humor and crisp delivery are on solid display in this variegated collection—which features literary and occult surprises along with the more familiar sort of British, black-comic crime. Read full book review >

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CHILD'S PLAY by Reginald Hill
Released: Jan. 16, 1986

"But the getting-there is almost always fascinating and darkly amusing—with a colorfully varied support cast (reporters, lawyers, pub folk) and slightly new roles for Dalziel (more wise than foul this time) and Pascoe (frankly confused)."
Perhaps the best—and certainly the most elaborate—mystery in the Yorkshire series featuring Inspectors Dalziel and Pascoe: two complex cases (one in its psychology, the other in its gothic twists) that wind up overlapping in a downright baroque—yet never foolish—way. Read full book review >

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THE SPY'S WIFE by Reginald Hill
Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"But the scene-by-scene storytelling is fine (best by far in the Yorkshire home sequences); the dialogue is often splendidly sharp; and readers with modest expectations will find this an odd, sometimes brutish, mostly attractive mix of espionage, wifely identity crisis, and unlikely romance."
When Mollie Keatley's journalist husband of ten years disappears one day, she's told—by dour British agent Monk—that he's probably now in Moscow: "Sam Keatley's a spy, missus. Read full book review >

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DEATH’S JEST-BOOK by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Certainly not without its rewards—bumptious Andy and elegant Peter are in top form—but if only there'd been a bit of pruning."
A 20th helping of Dalziel and Pascoe, together with at least as many subplots. Read full book review >