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"A nicely plotted, smoothly written mystery on the top rung of the genre." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Narrator Colin Buchanan...brings a wealth of experience to his reading. His Dalziel is as close to Dalziel as a reader can get." ( AudioFile)

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Andy Dalziel was preoccupied with the illegal book that one of his Sergeants was running on who was to be appointed as the new Chief Constable...and how to make sure his own bet paid off. But when a battered Ford Escort containing one very dead Italian turned up in the police car park, Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior were plunged into an investigation that made internal police politics look like child's play.
©2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Trader Tom
  • 2006/01/30

Jolly Good

This is my first book by Reginald Hill and I can't wait to hear more. The storyline was not only intriguing but witty. Perhaps other reviewers were confused by the many characters and quick banter. Being from the United States, I am not familiar with all the terms and slang from the UK and I had to listen more closely to understand what was being said. But it was well worth it. The English humor was enhanced by the narrator's varied English accents and nuances. I can't imagine having enjoyed this book as much if I had read it. Definitely a good listen!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Geoff
  • 2006/02/08

Fabulous

Warning: These Dalziel & Pascoe books are highly addictive!
Reginald Hill writes in a very down to earth refreshing manner and Colin Buchanan paints in 3D and you?re centre stage.
In three years with Audible I have never ?read? a book so quickly....Bravo.....More!!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • G. Steyn
  • 2009/10/18

Very good mysery

Reginald Hill writes very good mysteries, and his writing would get 4 stars from me. But Colin Buchanan's narration raises it an extra notch -- I find that even when I'm reading some of the books on paper, I have his Dalziel's voice in my head.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott
  • 2018/07/22

Child’s play by Reginald Hill

Excellent as always.
Colin Buchanan is the perfect narrater. He keeps an even pace avoiding hystrionics. Easy listening . Allows the story primacy. He does the characters and accents without melodrama
Reginald Hill is full of interesting asides and little narratives that conjure up the natives, the countryside and echo common human experience.
He has a delightful wit and a high standard of humour and choice of reference.
Violence is never gratuitously overdone.
Some thrillers leave a bad taste in the mouth as though the reader has partaken vicariously in the depravity and cruelty
Hill’ characters are believable. The reader can empathize with them.
Without too much of a stretch he could rate as a Thomas Hardy of crime fiction
His storytelling ability and plots are engaging
and hold the attention from start to finish

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • SLM
  • 2017/06/29

one of the best stories & performances ever

so far, the best of the P & D novels and/or this genre - especially dear to my heart for the "coming out" story

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012/08/26

3 and a half really

I find it hard to give a four rating for a book that is simply enjoyable and well written as a book should be from a writer as prolific as Hill. Just as I find it hard to give a 2 for a book that is just okay.

This story was better than average, well written with fleshed out characters and a good not overly obvious plot. I never drifted off, but never found myself blocking everything out and listening until I absolutely had to pause. I would definitely recommend the book and will try others in the series.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • June
  • 2018/09/22

These people grow on you

Gruff, crude Dalziel, self-doubting Pascoe combined with a feminist wife and a just-out gay sergeant. Sounds like my old squad room although without the Yorkshire accent (and all the other Brit Isle subspecies). Plots are interesting and not too far beyond the realm of possibility. I was slow getting into it but I’m hooked on this series.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean
  • 2005/07/13

First rate

Top of the shelf writing and narration.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • SpeterS
  • 2005/08/29

Too many unnecessary plot lines

I found this to be very confusing and boring. I've enjoyed many books that have several plot lines that smoothly come together (The Egyptologist, Prey series), but this one was off track. This story seemed to have an amateur feel to it. Why did the author give the life history and political ambition of each character no matter how minor they were? Too much unnecessary information. Even when the plot lines attempted to merge, they were unbelievable and far-fetched. This is the first book I have heard (or read) by this author and am guessing that some of the others are better as this author is popular. Even with only 45 minutes left to listen to, I really don't care if I finish it or not.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • FictionFan
  • 2020/12/21

Gruff of Sodding Greendale…

During the funeral of Gwendoline Huby, a stranger appears and then just as suddenly disappears again. Could this be the long lost son Mrs Huby had always hoped would one day return? Alexander Huby had gone missing in Italy in WW2 and, although the authorities and his father accepted that he had been killed in action, Mrs Huby never would. Now the rich old lady has complicated matters by leaving her wealth to her missing son, much to the annoyance of her extended family and of the three charities who will eventually get the money, but not until either many years have passed or Alexander is proved dead. There’s no mystery about Mrs Huby’s death – she died of old age. But when the funereal stranger turns up dead too not long after, Dalziel and Pascoe must confirm if he was indeed the missing son, and find out which of the other beneficiaries might have decided to cut short the wait for their inheritance. Meantime, Wieldy’s secret is in danger – a young man has turned up claiming to be the friend of Wield’s former lover, Maurice, and is threatening to tell the local papers that there is a gay man serving in the Mid Yorks CID.

Good grief! It seems so odd now that the idea of being outed as gay would have effectively ended Wield’s career as recently as 1986, but indeed I vividly remember the salacious outrage of the press whenever a police officer or anyone in a prominent position was found to be gay, and the vicious outing of people who were not ready to be outed into a society where homophobia was still legally sanctioned. Seems to me from memory that the public was way ahead of the authorities and the press on this one – actual people didn’t seem much to care, not ones of my generation anyway. Hill handles the issue with his usual compassion and sense of truth – Wield is a figure of neither fun nor pity, though we feel for him in his dilemma over whether to out himself before the press does it for him. This bit of the storyline also deepens the characterisation of Dalziel, letting us see a different side to him which he normally keeps well hidden behind his uncouth, strictly non-PC persona.

The actual murder plot is very good, with plenty of suspects all with strong motives. Mrs Huby’s family are a quirky bunch, from aspiring and not very good actor Rod, to little Lexie, whose diminutive form and quiet manner cover a steely determination to get what she wants out of life, to Lexie’s dad, John Huby, the comic relief whose dreams of a big inheritance have been shattered on learning that all he’d been left was Mrs Huby’s favourite dog, long ago deceased and stuffed, and known as Gruff of Greendale. There are also the representatives of the three charities and Mrs. Huby’s forbidding Danvers-like housekeeper-cum-companion, Miss Keach. Hill often has one of his regulars take the forefront with the others in the background, but in this one, Dalziel, Pascoe and Wield all have important roles, giving it added pleasure for me since all three are such great characters.

I listened to the audiobook version – my second experience of Colin Buchanan narrating. I must say that none of the issues I had with the last book troubled me this time – his Yorkshire accents sounded more Yorkshire, his Dalziel seemed more in tune with how I’d expect Dalziel to sound, and he doesn’t seem to race through the narration at quite the same speed. I don’t know whether it was really better or if I’ve just got used to his style, but either way I enjoyed his performance considerably more in this one.

By this point Hill is beginning to play with light-hearted literary references, as he would do more and more as the series progresses, and this one is presented as a three-act tragicomedy. The underlying story is quite dark and Wieldy’s dilemma certainly has an air of tragedy, but overall I find this one quite light in tone, with a lot of humour in it. Again in terms of plot it would work fine as a standalone, but knowing the three lead characters from the earlier books makes the interactions between them more satisfying. As always with this series, highly recommended.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • G. Ryan
  • 2007/09/17

Nice book ...

... shame about the narration. I did enjoy this book and finished it, but was regularly rewinding to catch all of the diction from the narrators very fast reading of this book. I'd definitely read another Dalziel abnd Pascoe, who were both evocatively written, but would prefer a different reader. Might just be me ...

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • gytha
  • 2019/05/06

An excellent listen.

Loved the unusual twists. Colin Buchanan reads it with the prover fashion. I can àlmost picture it all happening.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • winny
  • 2015/03/02

More of the same

If you enjoy Dalziel and Pascoe on TV you'll love this, and Colin Buchannon gives a bravura performance as Peter Pascoe, Dalziel and Wieldy during the reading.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021/06/28

Child's Play

Excellent as always. Kept me guessing till the end. Bit dubious about the reader, but handled it well.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicola
  • 2020/12/21

Soooo good

I can't praise this enough. Fantastic plot, brilliant witty lines and excellent narrator. I am looking out for more from D&P.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M SMITH
  • 2019/10/19

Fantastic story, well read too

Great story, lots of intrigue and diversion. Well read (acted) by Colin Buchanan too (who played Pascoe in the TV series)