'Few writers in the genre today have Hill's gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace' Donna Leon, Sunday Times
'The finest male English contemporary crime writer' Val McDermid
'Reginald Hill's novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories intertwining'
'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' The Times
'These novels last, like a grand malt whisky – rounded, rich, intoxicating… Here is an author at his formidable best'
Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday
'So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' Sunday Telegraph
'He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world' Andrew Taylor, Independent
'Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction' Tom Hiney, Observer
From the Back Cover
Life is a bed of roses for Patrick Aldermann when Great Aunt Florence collapses into her Madame Louis Laperrières and he inherits Rosemont House with its splendid gardens.
But when his boss, ‘Dandy’ Dick Elgood, suggests to Peter Pascoe that Aldermann is a murderer – then retracts the accusation – the inspector is left with a thorny problem.
By then Police Cadet Singh, Mid-Yorkshire’s first Asian copper, has drug up some vary interesting information about Patrick’s elegant wife, Daphne.
Superintendent Dalziel, meanwhile, is attempting to relive the days of Empire with Singh as his tea-wallah.
‘Their [Dalziel and Pascoe’s] double act… is one of the delights of English crime fiction’
MARCEL BERLINS, 'THE TIMES'
‘Here is an author at his formidable best’
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FRANCES HEGARTY, 'MAIL ON SUNDAY'