Search Results: "Reginald Hill"


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BEYOND THE BONE by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2000

"An early work (first published in England in 1975) that shows only fitful flashes of the wit and style that shine throughout the Dalziel-Pascoe partnership (Arms and the Women, 1999, etc.), making their series such a crime fiction favorite."
"Super!" exults Zeugma Gray, the "unambiguously plump" niece of world-class archeologist Leo Pasquino. Read full book review >

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ARMS AND THE WOMEN by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Plotted with all the exuberant inventiveness of Dalziel and Pascoe's best (On Beulah Height, 1998, etc.), though Hill's salute to the heroics of middle-aged womanhood ends with a flurry of melodramatics that's a shade extravagant for heroines of either sex."
Time was when Peter Pascoe's wife Ellie was a bright star active in lots of save-the-world causes, from Greenpeace to Liberata, which works on behalf of female political prisoners. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER HOUSE by Reginald Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2005

"Winning, spontaneous and blood-real characters triumph over a far-fetched plot."
Suspense master Hill (Good Morning, Midnight, 2004, etc.) brings together a young Australian woman seeking her true parentage and a Spanish priest manqué in one creepy Cumbrian town. Read full book review >

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A CLUBBABLE WOMAN by Reginald Hill
Released: Sept. 28, 1984

"Neither as dark nor as funny as later, better Hill, with Dalziel and Pascoe (still unmarried) not yet fully-drawn—but curious and atmospheric in its moody, rugby-centered, plodding way."
Only about half of Hill's police-procedurals (featuring Yorkshire cops Dalziel and Pascoe) have been published in America, Deadheads (p. 381) the most recent arrival; and this is the first US appearance for the 1970 Dalziel-Pascoe debut. 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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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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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 >

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TRAITOR'S BLOOD by Reginald Hill
Released: Oct. 15, 1986

"Unsympathetic hero, frenetic doings: disappointing suspense—even if stylish reminders of Hill's considerable talent abound."
Hill, author of the fine Dalziel/Pascoe mysteries, is less sure-footed when it comes to espionage thrillers—this is his weakest effort in that genre: a hectic yet talky spy/revenge/chase tale that begins with a certain far-fetched vigor, then becomes gnarled in increasingly tiresome convolutions. Read full book review >

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PICTURES OF PERFECTION by Reginald Hill
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Altogether the finest English village mystery since The Nine Tailors."
Called down to placid Enscombe the day before the quarterly Day of Reckoning to investigate the disappearance of Constable Harold Bendish, Yorkshire coppers Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe (Recalled to Life, 1992, etc.), joined by Pascoe's old friend Sgt. Read full book review >

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A PINCH OF SNUFF by Reginald Hill
Released: Dec. 13, 1978

"Yet, with a new kink on every page, there's no time to focus on the cops, the seedy local color, or anything in particular—making Hill #2 more readable than memorable."
This second case for Yorkshire's Supt. Read full book review >

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DIALOGUES OF THE DEAD by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2002

"The love story is nice, the puzzler and his puzzles not without interest, but allowing the policeman to upstage charismatic Andy and elegant Peter over the course of 424 pages was not a good move."
Fatalities result when a motorcycle rams into a tree and a car careens off a bridge, but there's no reason to construe them as homicides. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING OF THE TIDE by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"The excitement of Emily Salter's attempts to escape the attention of her monomaniacal ex-husband Sterne Follett is still palpable; it just isn't new."
A truth-in-packaging commendation is due Hill's publisher for identifying this thriller as a reprint originally published in 1971 as The Castle of the Demon under Hill's pseudonym Patrick Ruell. Read full book review >