Bob from Beds

Helpful votes received on reviews: 67% (39 of 58)
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Asking for the Moon by Reginald Hill
Asking for the Moon by Reginald Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - for fans, 28 July 2014
This is a collection of short stories about Dalziel and Pascoe . As such it will appeal to fans but the casual reader might miss a lot.

The first (very short) is a prequel where the pair first meet. There is mutual antagonism which develops into a sort of respect as they are thrown together in a hostage situation.

The next is almost a parody of an Agatha Christie story where the suspects are summoned one by one to the library of a country house to be interviewed.

The third involves Dalziel and Pasco spending the night together waiting for the appearance of a ghost. Neither believes in the supernatural but Dalziel has ulterior motives.

The last is… Read more
Fell of Dark by Reginald Hill
Fell of Dark by Reginald Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one his best, 18 Jun 2014
I've read most of Reginald Hill's books and am a bit of a fan.

Fell of Dark was first published in 1971 and must have been one his first books, maybe before he got into his stride.

It seems to be based on The 39 Steps, except that the chase takes place in the Lake District rather than Scotland.

A rather odd bod and his even odder friend set off for an impromptu walking holiday in the Lake District. Two young girls are raped and murdered and the two are wrongly identified and accused (obviously not much forensics in those days). He escapes from the police station and keeps one step ahead of his pursuers - aided (up to a point) by a famous ornithologist and… Read more
The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Good Read, 8 Jun 2014
I like most of Reginald Hill's books. They are well written and carefully plotted. This is a good example but I am not convinced it rates the rave reviews that some have given it. It certainly falls off towards the end - it is a long book.

There is a prologue which drops lots of hints: essentially to the effect that a young "hoodie" with great climbing skills is recruited by the "Spooks" to do some of their dirty work.

We then jump forward quite a few years (the book actually moves beyond the current year -2014 as I write). A financier has been framed for fraud, embezzlement and child sex offences. He tries to escape from custody and is badly injured -… Read more