Search Results: "Reginald Hill"


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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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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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MIDNIGHT FUGUE by Reginald Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"The accelerated timetable gives Dalziel and Pascoe's 24th a Rube Goldberg effervescence that contrasts effectively with the pervasive sadness beneath."
The search for a colleague long presumed dead leads Chief Supt. Andrew Dalziel to 16 of the most jam-packed hours ever to strike the Mid-Yorkshire Constabulary. 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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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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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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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’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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BONES AND SILENCE by Reginald Hill
Released: Aug. 14, 1990

"Pascoe novel yet—and one whose humor, keenness, and insight place him securely in the company of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, and well ahead of most of their recent work."
Yorkshire police duo Supt. 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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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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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 >