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Bones And Silence
A shooting occurs next door to a policeman as he watches. The occupants claim the victim committed suicide. The cop knows he saw a murder. The policeman doggedly pursues the truth as one of the witnesses disappears. In a subplot, the same policeman is picked to play God in a play to be held by the town for tourists....
This story features British detectives Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe. Dalziel, the senior of the two is an old-fashioned policeman, unbound by the new codes of political correctness sweeping the force. Pascoe, younger and more idealistic, still cannot hide the grudging admiration for his boss. Pascoe is troubled though by letters he is receiving from ex-con Franny Roote that seemingly points to Roote's involvement in a number of unsolved crim...
Dialogues of the Dead
Delacorte, Jan 2002, 23.95, 424 pp. ISBN: 0385336004 Mid Yorkshire County Library and the local newspaper Mid Yorkshire Gazette jointly host a literary contest. Two librarians Dick Dee and Rye Pomona sift through the myriad of entries in order to reduce the number for the final judging. Dick finds a strange entry “First Dialogue” that mirrors a murder just reported in the paper, but the submission provides more detail. Not long afterward, ...
Good Morning Midnight
HarperCollins, Oct 2004, 24.95, 448 pp. ISBN: 0060528079 A decade ago a man committed suicide in the Moscow House in Yorkshire. Now his son Pal Maciver kills himself in the same place in the same manner while his spouse Sue Lynn was playing patient-doctor in the bed of her lover Tom Lockridge. Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascal head the inquiries into what is obvious, a locked door suicide. As t...
Good Morning, Midnight
Palinurus Maciver was the name given both to the father and the son. They had something more in common in that they both died in the same room of the same house and in the same way. But this was no inherited disease. They both committed suicide on the same date, ten years apart, using rifles that were identical and with a copy of Emily Dickinson's collected poems open on the desk in front of them. They both died to the sound of Schumann's Childhood ...
Killing the Lawyers
Joe Sixsmith and his cat Whitey are both black, live and work in Luton and are private detectives. Well, Sixsmith is the detective; his cat is his sounding board who gives him inspiration and goes everywhere with him. The action starts early in this book with a lawyer being murdered shortly after Joe has consulted him. The police are alerted when a third partner is attacked while on the phone to Joe. The story moves along swiftly with Joe being empl...
On Beulah Heights
The fact that "Fat Andy" Dalziel was in charge of the case 15 years ago when three little girls disappeared--and wasn't solved--has long bothered him. And now, another child has gone missing, which opens up old wounds and sets forth new ones. The Yorkshire villages are on edge, and threatening signs begin to appear, spray painted here and there. In "On Beulah Height" author Reginald Hill continues his excellent Dalziel and Pascoe series in top form. Y...
Reginald Hill paints a graphic picture of life as a coal miner. The community of Burrthorpe is one made up of miners and their families. They have been through a harrowing strike during which they made enemies of the local police. Apart from the usual characters that make up the Dalziel and Pascoe series, like Sergeant Wield and Ellie Pascoe, the main people in this book are these villagers. Years earlier a small girl disappeared and the police closed ...
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