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5.0 out of 5 stars This is where the series really takes off
In the fifth book of the series, Dalziel and Pascoe have been working together long enough to have formed a good partnership. So Peter Pascoe is surprised when Dalziel dismisses a lead Pascoe is given on a porn film that may be more than it seems. Pascoe's dentist is convinced that one scene in the current offering at the local private film club was not achieved by...
Published on 4 April 2006 by Jules Jones

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright.
This is the earliest of Hill's DL & Pascoe books that i have read and I was really quite surprised at how different it is to the later books in the series. The quality and style of Hill's writing, his presentation of the main characters and the dynamics of their relationship still had someway to go to reach the standards he achieves in later novels and to become the...
Published on 4 Feb 2008 by Lordy


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5.0 out of 5 stars This is where the series really takes off, 4 April 2006
In the fifth book of the series, Dalziel and Pascoe have been working together long enough to have formed a good partnership. So Peter Pascoe is surprised when Dalziel dismisses a lead Pascoe is given on a porn film that may be more than it seems. Pascoe's dentist is convinced that one scene in the current offering at the local private film club was not achieved by special effects, but showed a genuine beating--one severe enough that the actress might well have died as a result.
Pascoe pursues the matter in spite of Dalziel's disinterest, and won't drop it even when the dentist is accused of molesting an underage patient. When the elderly owner of the film club is found beaten to death, Pascoe suspects a link with his investigation of the possible snuff film. As he digs deeper it becomes clear that there's something very nasty going on. But there are a good many threads to untangle before he uncovers the full story.
As usual with this series, this book is a well-crafted police procedure with stylish writing and a good deal of humour, though Hill never trivializes the crimes he describes. The book is self-contained and can be read without having first read any of the previous books. There's some development of the long term story of the main characters, with the introduction of Sergeant Wield, and a look at the early months of Peter and Ellie's marriage. Ideally the series should be read in order, but this entertaining and thoughtful book makes a good startng point if the earlier books aren't available.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reginald Hill. "A Pinch of Snuff", 21 Jan 2011
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Reginald Hill's innocuous-sounding titles are often thinly-disguised double-entendres, incorporating a punning hint to an underlying menace. "A Pinch of Snuff" is one such. Sounds harmless enough, doesn't it, and we are well into the story before we begin to grasp its darker connotations.

On the way, we are treated to a wealth of wit and perspicacity, through the medium of his rough, tough, Yorkshire copper, Andy Dalziel, and his faithful (though ever-critical) cultured side-kick, Peter Pascoe. If you miss the TV stories, try the real, original, printed ones - you wont be disappointed.

"A Pinch of Snuff" is an early Dalziel and Pascoe novel, first published in 1978. But it wears well, and if you want proof of Hill's mastery at this early stage in his career, just look at the publishing history. The Grafton edition of 1987 was reprinted six times, and it's never been out of print since.

Intricately plotted and peopled with an engaging cast of characters (How Hill would wince at those two cliches!) - the book grabbed me by the collar as firmly as Dalziel would nab a pickpocket, for it opens with a quote from my other favourite author - Marcus Aurelius. And that's all I'm letting on for now...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Subject matter handled well, 17 Nov 2000
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Mrs. K. A. Wheatley "katywheatley" (Leicester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Snuff Movies are difficult to write about tastefully, but Hill achieves it with ease. The plot thickens to include much more complex and wide ranging issues and the characters work well together to leaven the difficult subject material. Brilliantly balanced and tightly written.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright., 4 Feb 2008
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Lordy (Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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This is the earliest of Hill's DL & Pascoe books that i have read and I was really quite surprised at how different it is to the later books in the series. The quality and style of Hill's writing, his presentation of the main characters and the dynamics of their relationship still had someway to go to reach the standards he achieves in later novels and to become the characters I know and love. It's alright, but the later books are much much better. If someone is going to start reading the series in order, without going back to the beginning, I think Deadheads would be a good starting place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars always good, 3 Jun 2010
This review is from: A Pinch of Snuff: A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel) (Paperback)
Excellent as ever . Reginald Hill sometimes gets a little too clever for his own good but his earlier dalziel & Pascoe novels were a work of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 29 Sep 2006
A real 'Can't put down' thrill. One of Hill's Best!

Introduces the marvellous Sgt Edgar Wield, a character that becomes a part of the whole series from this one opn.

Read the series from the start and when you get here, it starts to grip you! Beware, you'll be hooked!
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